Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thursday Thoughts # 1 : Wetlands

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, spring 2012. Image copyright Daniel E. Levenson 2012.

Each Thursday on the New England Nature Notes website I plan to offer a few short thoughts on a topic in natural history and conservation, with some links to related resources online. This morning I woke up thinking about wetlands and the absolutely vital role they play in the overall health and well-being of ecosystems/ May also happens to be Wetlands Month in Massachusetts, so for the first "Thursday Thoughts" I'd like to offer some links below to other websites which offer information about the natural history and importance of freshwater marshes.

The Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration has a great site where you can learn about their work restoring wetlands and why this is an important endeavor, by clicking here. 

One of the major threats to freshwater ecosystems in New England (and throughout the US) is the spread of alien invasive species - plants and animals - which are introduced to the area and can cause great harm to native species. You can learn a little more about the threat posed by Purple Loosestrife by clicking here. If you'd like to learn more about the damage caused by alien invasive beetles, you can click here.

For a more holistic view of the inner workings and importance of wetlands, you can check out  this National Park Service website, which offers an overview of the natural history of wetlands in the United States. Well, that's about all the time I have for today, I hope you enjoyed this post, and I'll be looking for suggestions for topics for future "Thursday Thoughts," so if you have an idea please feel free to drop me a line at

Copyright Daniel E. Levenson 2012.

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