Stories about wetlands and dirt, deer and bridges, earthquakes and water
September 10, 2014
Who knew we had built a big orange wildlife corridor:
- Bay Area wetlands restoration going strong. Construction is ramping up on two major projects to restore wetlands around San Francisco Bay. More than 85 percent of bay wetlands were drained over the last 150 years, but partnerships between non-profit and government agencies are slowly turning back the clock. Together they make up the largest coastal wetlands restoration effort in the country. The two newest links are in the North Bay. (ABC)
- Surprise bonanza since Napa quake: dry creeks now flowing. Spring water spurts out of rocks and trickles down the moss- and vine-covered cliffs in Solano County’s Green Valley – an oasis in a canyon that was parched by drought only two weeks ago. (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Climate change threatens more than half North American birds. A seven-year study of North American birds found that more than 300 avian species – more than half the birds in North America – will be in dire straits by 2080 unless something is done to reduce carbon emissions. (SF Gate)
- Time for Trees to Pack Their Trunks? The Nature Conservancy is anticipating a day soon — within the lifespan of a tree — when a changing climate may make the forest unsuitable for some tree species and varieties that now live there. (Climate Central)
- Still Time for a Conservation Legacy. What can Obama do for the wilderness? (New York Times editorial)
- Stop talking about conservation. We need restoration and rehabilitation. Yes, preserving existing ecosystems is a crucial and valuable cause, but just as funding clean energy and energy efficiency is a starting point for necessary change, so too “conservation” needs to be a gateway to something much, much bigger: restoration and rehabilitation. (Treehugger)
- And we’re bouncing to this because of the beat and because it’s about climbing trees.
Deer footage courtesy of SkyDesign360 on Instagram.