What’s being done to restore wetlands?

What’s being done to restore wetlands?

Photo: As part of wetland restoration in New Jersey, teams intentionally added sediment. These additions to a degraded coastal marsh improved conditions for plant growth. Credit: Tim Welp/Christine VanZomeren

Wetlands are fun places to get muddy, enjoy the outdoors, and listen for birdsongs. They provide important habitat for wildlife, and for recreation. You’ve likely seen wetlands on the fringes of lakes, on river floodplains, along the coast, and anywhere else … [more…]

Protect Your Local Pollinators With A DIY Bee Watering Station

Protect Your Local Pollinators With A DIY Bee Watering Station

If we want our plants to reproduce, we need to give bees all the help they can get. Bees and other pollinators are the third party gamete delivery service for millions of plant species across the globe, and especially those plants that feed our exploding population.

Just like about every other living thing on our planet, bees need water, and getting that water can be troublesome for little flying creatures … [more…]

Create your own mini wildlife pond

Create your own mini wildlife pond

Turn your garden into an ideal watering spot for creatures great and small.

If you’re lucky enough to have a big garden you may have plenty of room for a substantial pond but you only need a small amount of ground space to build a mini pond which will still be hugely beneficial to wildlife and give you the reward of observing the comings and goings of the different creatures … [more…]

“Seahorse whisperer” builds underwater sanctuary for rare species in Long Beach

Video still: seahorses in Long Beach California sanctuary

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) — Roger Hanson has been diving for over 30 years, so he knew it was odd when he spotted a Pacific seahorse in Alamitos Bay in Long Beach around four years ago.

“They are very, very rare,” said retired schoolteacher from Iowa. “Long Beach having a colony is unlike any city in California.”

In 2016, Hanson started driving 80 miles from his home in Moreno Valley … [more…]

All about the humble water shrew

Water shrew

Photo: Water shrew Erni Shutterstock

The water shrew is well adapted to an aquatic lifestyle: they have a dark brown (almost black), waterproof coat of short fur, and ears (visible as white tufts) that can close in the water. A fringe of stiff silvery hairs runs the length of the underside of the tail, which they use as a rudder, and their hind feet have similar fringes. They can dive … [more…]