Waterfowl reflect the conditions of the land and the water across the North American continent.
As they migrate from north to south and back again, they, depending on species, rely on a wide range of environments. They overwinter in salt marshes and in hardwood river bottoms. They stopover in the grain fields and playa lakes of the Plains States. And nest in the vast wet expanses of northern marshes. Of course, some species take up residence in a single location.
Like other species, waterfowl benefit from management that takes into account the big picture instead of a single focus. Unlike most other species, their well-being involves a cooperative vision across a continent.
Read more about waterfowl:
Why US Ranchers Are Becoming Beaver Believers
As described in the article blow, the US is bringing back nature’s best firefighters: beavers.
Britain is Restoring Ancient Farmland ‘Ghost Ponds’. Here’s How They’re Recovering Its Dwindling Biodiversity
As reported below, in England the number of once-common farm ponds has dropped by half over the last few decades. Like beaver ponds, farm ponds are biodiversity “powerhouses”. Awareness of their ecological importance is growing, […]
Building Waterfowl Habitat on the Snake River in Idaho
Fort Boise Wildlife Management Area in Southwest Idaho provides an important stop over for resident and migrating ducks and geese. Habitat biologists strive to create the perfect mix of open water, cover and food. […]
A Nebraska native, Thomas Mangelsen’s love of nature, his life outdoors and business success were heavily influenced by his father. An avid sportsman, Harold Mangelsen took his sons to favorite blinds along the Platte […]
The World’s Greatest Wildlife Photographer A Nebraska native, Thomas Mangelsen’s love of nature, his life outdoors and business success were heavily influenced by his father. An avid sportsman, Harold Mangelsen took his sons to favorite […]
It Was War. Then, a Rancher’s Truce With Some Pesky Beavers Paid Off
The article below has an excellent discussion of the growing recognition that beavers are an essential part of habitat restoration. Quoting one expert, “It may seem trite to say that beavers are a key part […]
Sandhill Cranes have been around for between 2.8 and 10-million years: That makes them one of the oldest living birds. They migrate thousands of miles from northern summer breeding grounds. Some have made it as […]
Quoting the very interesting article below, “The future of oysters in Texas looks pretty bright. From thriving oyster restoration to new oyster mariculture opportunities, it will be exciting to see how things continue to evolve […]
Produced by Dave Ruane, who says: “Beaver dams are amazing. They create a diverse and changing habitat for lots of wildlife and a convenient “bridge” too! On this dam I had over 100-clips of raccoons […]
As described in the article below, the success of waterfowl conservation efforts proves it is possible to save bellwether species. This conservation success stands in stark contrast to the fate of other iconic species like […]
A viewer remarked, “Nothing is more beautiful than a good dog – one that wants to retrieve and flush birds. The natural instincts are always the driving factor in the best gun dogs. Unfortunately, they can’t […]