Stewardship with Vision – Episode 1: Jeff Laszlo
As a result of the O’Dell Creek restoration, Granger Ranches has documented a 900% increase in waterfowl species and a 600% increase in species diversity. The ranch now hosts at least fifteen species of concern, including the American White Pelican, Clark’s Grebe, Great Blue Heron, White-Faced Ibis, Franklin’s Gull, Caspian Tern, Long-billed Curlew and American Bittern, Baird’s Sparrow, McCown’s Longspur, Sprague’s Pipit, Burrowing Owl, Short-eared Owl, Ferruginous Hawk. Trumpeter Swans, once gravely imperiled, take refuge on the ranch with 20-50 wintering annually. Raptor species increased from four to ten. Up to 5,000 Rocky Mountain Sandhill Cranes now make annual migratory visits. The wetlands are also supporting river otters, moose, deer, and rare and sensitive flowers.
As an environmental educator, and for the last 2 years, I have enjoyed every one of your newsletters and shared some of them with my students and colleagues. This one particularly gives me hope in the restoration we have to do of so many places and habitats in the planet.
As Jane Goodall says, “I have hope because I can see the young people and their passion”.
Thank you very much Luis.