Have you ever posted about Climate Change on social media?
Do you care about animals and their habitat?
Have you used the word “sediment?”
Have you ever talked about soil in casual conversation?
If you answered YESto any of the above questions, think about becoming a Rutgers University Certified Environmental Steward. No previous environmental training is necessary. Anyone with an interest in the environment and a passion for creating positive change in their community can become an Environmental Steward thanks to this upcoming lecture series.
The program is designed to give participants a better understanding of local issues that are important and to improve their own watersheds. Special focus will be on the Lower Raritan River Basin and invasive species management.
Lions are currently considered “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, but if upcoming assessments change their status to “endangered” they will be considered at “a very high risk of extinction in the wild”. Scientists estimate that a mere 20,000 lions are left in all of Africa and that number will be halved in 20 years.
NWNL would like to honor these majestic animals by sharing some of our favorite lion images from our expeditions. We hope that recent public outrage over the death of Cecil, will draw attention to the plight of the African lion and boost conservation efforts.
Caribbean: Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman Island, turtle farm, green sea turtles (“Chelonia mydas”) swimming,
Zambia: Livingston, two men poling dugout canoe across Zambezi River upstream off Victoria Falls
Botswana: Chobe NP, elephant (“Loxodonta africana”) drinking from Chobe River
Croatia, Dalmatian Coast, Hvar, small fish swimming in the harbor water over algae
USA: New Jersey, Upper Raritan River Basin, Califon, River Road, South Branch of the Raritan River, Ken Lockwood Gorge, fly-fisherman
Ethiopia: cattle drinking water
US: WAshington, Columbia River Basin, near Brewster, irrigation of cherry trees
US: Washington, Columbia River Basin, east side of Hanford Nuclear Site, near Ephrata, wheel controlling level of irrigation canal
Ethiopia: Lower Omo River Basin, Dimika, Hamar tribal region, woman holding empty waterbottle on market day
Ethiopia: Lower Omo River Basin, Omo River in the delta, Dassenech country, at low water season, Dassenech children swimming in Omo in front of livestock on shore and sorghum fields
Tanzania: No Water No Life, Mara River Expedition, Musoma (on Lake Victoria), Samson Gesase’s cooperative horticultural farming scheme, farmer irrigating tomato plants with water carried bucket by bucket from Lake Victoria
USA: Wyoming, Mississipppi River Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Fishing Bridge, looking south into Yellowstone Lake from Yellowstone River
USA: Wyoming, Mississipppi River Basin, Yellowstone National Park, west side of road between Canyon Village and Fishing Bridge, ox bow of tributary to Yellowstone River, Hayden Valley with Crater Hills in background
Tanzania: No Water No Life Mara River Expedition, Masarua Dam water catchment, cattle livestock drinking water
Tanzania: No Water No Life Mara River Expedition, Musoma, Lake Victoria, Nyarusurya Beach Management Unit and fish market, women collecting water in buckets amidst fishing boats and water hyacinth
East AFrica: Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kasinga Channel Boat Ride
Missouri: Southeast of Eminence (Ozarks), Rocky Falls, water source for Current River, boys swimming,
USA: New York, New York City, Manhattan, Central Park, wood duck (Aix sponsa, adult male, breeding) and mallard above, swimming
USA: Louisiana, St Francisville, two fishermen at sunset with fishing poles on banks of Mississippi River seen from banks of Bayou Sara
Tanzania: Kileo, TechnoServe and Grain Grower’s Co-op rice growing project, woman worker in rice paddies, with Mt Kilimanjaro in distance.
USA: Louisiana, the Atchafalaya Basin, Centerville, Cabot Corp. plant and barge on the IntraCoastal Waterway
East Africa, Kenya, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Mara Conservancy, Mara Triangle, Mara River Basin, hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) in Mara River
Kenya: Luo fishing village, men and women pulling in fishing lines.
Kenya: Amboseli, Maasai (aka Masai) child looking into water bucket,
Kenya: Nairobi National Park, ‘Scud,’ orphaned juvenile black rhinoceros (‘Diceros bicornis’) under the care of Daphne Sheldrick, drinking water at waterhole after mud bath
Kenya: Laikipia Plateau, Loisaba Wilderness (formerly Colcheccio Ranch), herd of Burchell’s zebra (‘Equus burchelli’) drinking in river,
Non-native Phragmites, also known as common reed, is a perennial, aggressive wetland grass that displaces native plant and animal species. Invasive Phragmites is one of the most widespread plants on Earth and is found worldwide. In the U.S. it grows in the eastern states particularly along the Atlantic Coast and increasingly across the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. It is usually an indicator of a wetland ecosystem that is out of balance. (click on thumbnails below for caption info)
USA: Washington, Columbia River Basin, Snake River Basin, Pasco, Big Flat Habitat Management Unit (USACE), phragmites (invasives)
USA: New York City, Queens, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, (Gateway National Recreation Area), West Pond Trail, Phragmites, an invasive species creating monoculture ecosystems
USA: New York, Lloyd Harbor, invasive phragmites reeds at sunset
CT: Rowayton, Phragmites grasses on Farm Creek early winter morning.
“Water meanders in and out of every discipline, so we can never have too many poets, hydrologists, urban planners, biologists, lawyers, writers, physicians, NGO’s, or geologists working to amplify and aid water’s voice”, says artist Basia Irland.
In Irland’s Receding / Reseeding series, river water is frozen, carved into the form of a book, which is embedded with a “riparian text” consisting of local native seeds, and placed back into the stream. The seeds are released as the ice melts in the current. Ireland consults with river restoration biologists and botanists to determine the best seeds for each unique riparian zone. She launches these ice books into rivers all over the world, documenting the process and inviting local communities to be a part of this ceremonial process. Check out Irland’s website to attend events and follow the progress of her important and inspirational work.