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Water Resolutions for 2018

January 2, 2018

Happy New Year! We hope you’ll sign on to our NWNL team resolutions for 2018 to conserve water, keep our water clean, and be more eco-friendly!

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1) Use less water!  Cut shower times in half.  Turn off faucets while brushing teeth.  Use slightly dirty water for office plants.  Run dishwasher when completely full.  Use washing machine only if a full load – or customized to smaller loads.

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2) Stop slipping toxins down the drain!  Think about the effects. Stop bad habits. No cleaning products, cosmetics or medications down the drain.  (Take to pharmacy recycling).  Check cars for oil leaks.  No littering (especially those pesky, non-biodegradable cigarette butts).  Avoid pesticides and fertilizers (Compost instead.)

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3) Minimize plastics!  Use a reusable water bottle.  Get one with water filter attached.  Make 2018 the year you ditch disposable plastic water bottles.

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4) Keep our water resources clean!  Join – or organize – a community clean ups at a park, river, pond or highway.  Help monitor water quality of local rivers and ponds.

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5) Spend more time by rivers, ponds and lakes!  Kayak or canoe – or learn how.  Swim, fish or camp by the water.  Photograph, paint or draw local waterscapes.

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6) Use our voices! Advocate for environmental and water-friendly policies in whatever way is comfortable (i.e., vote, write to the politicians, join a march, or talk to friends and family about why this matters).

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7) Create less waste! Use reusable sandwich bags, sustainable or reusable food wrap, and glass food-storage containers.  Recycle as much as possible.

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No Water No Life Water Resolutions

In 2018 No Water No Life is committed to seek win-win solutions that balance people’s needs with species and ecosystems’ needs – both in the short term and the long term. We’ll keep sharing thoughts on such solutions from our “Voices of the River” interviews of watershed scientists and stewards .

We will rely on images of beautiful watersheds to refresh our commitment to the critical  values of water.  To “recharge our batteries,” we’ll change the photographs hanging in our office, as we continue the work we’ve been doing for over a decade.

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All photos © Alison M. Jones.

What is a Bio Blitz? A Strategy for Stewardship

December 26, 2017

By Kevin FitzPatrick,
Conservation Photographer, iLCP Senior Fellow

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Bio Blitz: a short, intense team effort to discover as many different life forms as possible in one location; shorter-duration, smaller-scaled versions of All-Taxa Biodiversity Inventories (ATBIs) [See Glossary below article.]

A Bio Blitz compasses all that I want to communicate to my audience about conservation and biodiversity, and it’s a wonderful way to communicate with students and adults about science. It offers young people a chance to try their hand at identifying species, photography, sketching wildlife, writing about nature or discovering the natural history of their own area. No two Bio Blitzes are the same, as each one is a reflection of the local environment. It is an opportunity for youth to enhance their appreciation of the environment through photography, art and exploration, and to engage in true “citizen science.”

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With the iNaturalist Mobile Application, the Encyclopedia of Life’s Species Collections allows participants to document species and upload observations to a collective map available freely online. Bio Blitzes connect photographers with scientists who help them find species. This experience gives photographers the ability to expand the range of species in their files.

So many of us only focus on mega-fauna and common species, forgetting the big picture (or maybe the little picture). I am talking about butterflies, beetles, insects of all sorts, frogs, salamanders, snakes and, yes, slime molds! As the BioBlitz Concept begins to takeoff around the country, there’ll be a greater need for these kinds of images. Over 100 parks and refuges around the country now promoting Bio Blitzes, so you can likely take advantage of this great opportunity in your area.

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I have shot over 115 Bio Blitzes from Maine to California with the approach of a conservation photographer. My purpose is to shoot a way that people can see the species present with all their beautiful, close-up detail and color. When this happens, perceptions change and these species take on a new life in the minds of the viewer. They are seen as an asset and part of their world! Thus, Bio Blitz is much more than just a concerted effort to identify the species that live in chosen location. It is a celebration of nature and the many wonderful forms that exist in any given place. When people of all ages and professions come together to take a closer look at their local wildlife, a tangible excitement builds.

Bio Blitzes are powerful tools for environmental education, conservation and community engagement, representing experiential learning at its best. Bio Blitzes images highlight species diversity and offer positive experiences within local ecosystems. When conservation integrates art and science, it merges different but valid ways of perceiving and experiencing the world.  Merging means of direct participation in Bio Blitzes may challenge or blur the artificial boundaries marked by our training.  But what biologist isn’t stirred by theprofound, and what artist doesn’t sense geometry in mystery?

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At our core we are humans. The head and the heart are inseparable.  And so, a compelling story about conservation interprets the intersection of human history, emergence of an ecological conscience, and biological integrity.  A Bio Blitz is an opportunity to experience that intersection directly.

I have worked with a larger-scale, longer-duration ATBI [All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory] in the Smokies since it started almost 20 years ago. We have found over 1,000 new species. While in-depth, scientific ATBI’s are now starting up all across the country, the benefit of Bio Blitzes is that they are all-inclusive. Any one gets to go and play a part. Kids, parents, and grandparents – you name it!

I have worked with scientists for years and know how most people see them. To counter those preconceptions, Bio Blitzes allows people to work hand and hand with scientists in the field while in your element! Participants see how engaging, passionate and fun they are to be with. Also many younger scientists are excited to see the general public get in involved in science. I have worked with National Geographic on Bio Blitzes at Saguaro National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Jean Lafitte National Historical & Preserve, Golden Gate National Park, and The Mall in Washington, DC. At each one, the public was totally engaged and had over1000 kids attending!

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GLOSSARY [“From ATBI to Bio Blitz”]

ATBI: an intense inventory of all taxa to the species level to the degree possible in a single site, followed by on-going further inventory as needed by specific taxa and in-depth basic and applied biodiversity research and development (Janzen and Hallwachs 1994).

Bio Blitz: part rapid biological survey and part public outreach event bringing together scientists and volunteers to compile a snapshot of biodiversity in a relatively short amount of time (Karns et al. 2006; Lundmark 2003). It is not intended to be an exhaustive inventory, but can contribute to a more comprehensive ATBI effort in the future.

Biodiversity. The variety of living organisms considered at all levels of organization, including the genetic, species, and higher taxonomic levels, and the variety of habitats and ecosystems,as well as the processes occurring therein (Meffe and Carroll 1997).

Citizen science. Citizen science refers to participation of the general public as field assistants in scientific studies (Cohn 2008; Irwin 1995). Volunteers may have no specific scientific training,and typically perform, or manage, tasks such as observation, measurement, or computation.

Inventory. Natural resource inventories are extensive point-in-time surveys to determine the location or condition of a resource, including the presence, class, distribution, and status of biological resources such as plants and animals. Inventories are designed to contribute to our knowledge of the condition of park resources and establish baseline information for subsequent monitoring activities (NPS 2008).

All photos provided by Kevin FitzPatrick.

Keep It Flowin’

February 2, 2016

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Supporting Wetlands, Watersheds and NWNL

Since Jan 6, Alison has been immersed in intense editing of expedition interviews already transcribed, which will shortly entail paying webmaster expenses. The first series of 10 interviews will be about The Mau Forest, Kenya’s largest water tower and the source of the Mara River Basin.

Soon we’ll be needing to pay transcribers to prepare more interviews for our 9-year collection of what we’re calling “Voices of the River.” This feature is proving to be just as valuable to all interested in watershed analysis and solutions as NWNL’s extensive photo archive.

Please Keep Donations Flowing

  • NWNL donor numbers and donation amounts are increasing!
  • We’ve already received $15,000 in donations and $2,500 in grant dollars!
  • We raised 1/2 of our 2015 total in Jan. Let’s raise the other 1/2 in Feb!
  • We’re rapidly putting out new interviews, stories and products. Please match our pace!

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Thank You for Your Support and
Happy World Wetlands Day!

NEWS: The Philip Hyde Environmental Grant from NANPA!

January 11, 2016

Alison M. Jones, Founding Director of NWNL, has just received the 2016 Philip Hyde Environmental Grant from the Foundation Board of Trustees of the North American Nature Photography Association [NANPA]. Philip Hyde trained under Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Minor White, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, and other definers of the medium of environmental photography.  The significance of this award is captured in an inspiring 2-minute Philip Hyde video showing why he is considered the “Father of Environmentalism.”

Alison has been a member of NANPA since its 2nd year and served on its Board of Directors.  For fifteen years NANPA Summits provided Alison with valuable photographic knowledge and visual inspiration shared by many of North America’s greatest nature photographers.  Thus she is especially honored by this award that comes from her “photographic family.”  Indeed, much of the structure of NWNL evolved from the NANPA Mission:

  • NANPA promotes the art and science of nature photography as a medium of communication, nature appreciation and environmental protection.
  • NANPA provides information, education, inspiration and opportunity for all persons interested in nature photography.
  • NANPA fosters excellence and ethical conduct in all aspects of our endeavors and especially encourages responsible photography in the wild.

NWNL will use this grant to help fund the costs of transcribing and posting nine interviews of scientists, stakeholder and stewards in our six North American case-study watersheds:  the Columbia, Mississippi and Raritan Basins.   A few interviews from the Columbia River Basin are already posted on our site:

Alison thanks NANPA for this support and is now editing more interviews in Kenya, where she does look up from her computer now and then to see warthogs charging across her patio and birds, including variable and bronze sunbirds, speckled mousebirds, and hopefully a turaco soon!  NWNL will send notices of batches of interviews as they are posted.

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💦 A Flow of Holiday Thoughts…

December 23, 2015

We wish you the Magic of water, the Rhythm of rivers and the Joy of friends and family on our riverbanks!

Giraffe and Maasai cross Amboseli Lake in a mirage.

Giraffe and Maasai cross Amboseli Lake in a mirage.

“THE RIVER SPEAKS”  – Poem by Gene Lindberg

Down from the mountains of eternal snow
The streams come tumbling, joining as they flow
To send a river winding toward the sea.
I listen, and the river speaks to me.
It tells of meadows on a thirsty plain;
Of gardens blooming where there is no rain;
Of mighty cities built upon its banks;
Of living things that owe the river thanks.
The waters speak to me, and hurry on,
Eager to come and eager to be gone.
Almost it seems as if the river knew,
How many things there are for it to do.
Sometimes it pauses,
to lay up a store of liquid wealth in lake and reservoir,
Then leaps a dam and hastens on again,
Turning a wheel to light the homes of men.
The river speaks, and deserts cease to be;
Wide fields grow green, and ships go down to the sea,
I hear the water singing as it goes:
“Let life go on, because the river flows.”

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for anyone on your list who appreciates water!

US: Oregon, Columbia River Basin, Columbia River Gorge, bottom of Multnomah Falls, ferns and moss covered rocks in foreground

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! See our list
of important days to celebrate through the New Year!

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DONATE NOW! NWNL has much more to do!
Donate what you can to help protect our freshwater resources.

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“The fate of animals is…indissolubly connected with
the fate of men.”
– Émile Zola

Posted by Jasmine Graf, Associate Director of No Water No Life.

Caring

December 1, 2015

NWNL-suds

#GivingTuesday

Can’t do is like “Don’t Care.” -Maya Angelou

We all care about having clean fresh water!
So please fill our online NWNL Paypal Account today!

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Our SURVEY for YOU!

September 24, 2015
USA: Southern California, CA Drought Spotlight 3-Rte 66 Expedition, Needles, recreation on Colorado River

USA: Southern California, CA Drought Spotlight 3-Rte 66 Expedition, Needles, recreation on Colorado River

We hope this summer you sat by a lazy river 
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or let the river carry you away!

As fall arrives, we’re thinking about education. To better address watershed issues, our NWNL SURVEY will assess U.S. freshwater awareness. YOU are our most valuable resource, so please participate!

CLICK HERE to take SURVEY

We hope you’ll enjoy the educational elements in this 5-minute SURVEY.
The results will help us create more appropriate and meaningful NWNL lectures, articles and exhibits; thus, please:
–LET US KNOW what water news interests you!
–DON’T HOLD BACK with your comments!

SURVEY answers will be anonymous. If you give your name and email, we’ll send you NWNL updates, but not share it with other groups.

Greater participation yields more substantial results. So please share this SURVEY link with others — and on social media.

https://nowaternolife.typeform.com/to/XhpagP

Many THANKS! We look forward to studying the responses. Enjoy fall!

USA: Washington, Columbia and Snake River Basins, Lyons Ferry, confluence of the Snake and Palouse Rivers, Lyons Ferry Park on the Palouse River Estuary, called Lake Herbert G. West

USA: Washington, Columbia and Snake River Basins, Lyons Ferry, confluence of the Snake and Palouse Rivers, Lyons Ferry Park on the Palouse River Estuary, called Lake Herbert G. West

“In the end, we conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.”
– Baba Dioum, Senegalese poet

Upcoming Artist Talks

April 10, 2015

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Following Rivers with Alison M. Jones

Artist Talk on Saturday 4/11 from 6-7:30pm
Join me as I share the inspiration and creative process behind photographs taken while on expedition in Africa and North America for No Water No Life ®.

Following Rivers, coordinated with the help of NWNL Exhibition Editor Jasmine Graf, is a compelling collection of giclee photographs grouped together with informational captioning that illustrates that what we do in our communities impacts the availability, quality and usage of our freshwater resources.
Photography by Alison M. Jones on view @ Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries
March 14—October 3, 2015 at 199 Main Street in Beacon, NY.
(845) 838-1600

Part of Beacon’s “Second Saturdays” city-wide celebration of free arts + culture events.

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“Caring for Our Watersheds – Locally and Globally”  Dr. Judy Shaw and Alison M. Jones will discuss how stewardship of our watersheds can raise awareness of the threats to freshwater availability, quality and usage in New Jersey’s Raritan River Basin and globally. They will speak about ways to foster upstream and downstream partnerships that can create sustainable resource management solutions.  @ Unitarian Society, 176 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, NJ. (732) 246-3113

Both events are FREE and open to the public.

NWNL Photo Exhibit, ‘Following Rivers’ opens @ BIRE March 14th

February 25, 2015
The Hudson River rises in pristine forests and enters tidal waters under heavily-trafficked urban bridges.  

The Hudson River rises in pristine forests and enters tidal waters under heavily-trafficked urban bridges.

On the banks of our rivers we raise families, grow food, do laundry, fish, swim, celebrate and relax. “Following Rivers,” a new exhibit by conservation photographer and No Water No Life Founding Director Alison M. Jones, tells a visual story of people and the critical water issues they face.

Combining the power of photography and science, NWNL, has spent 8 years documenting river basins in North America and Africa. The exhibit encourages viewers to translate images into questions. What are the impacts of our daily actions? How can we best protect our life-giving rivers and estuaries? Should we reduce resource consumption, require stronger pollution controls, minimize resource extraction, or forgo fossil fuels and material luxuries? How can we approach water as an opportunity for unity and cooperation, rather than a source of conflict?

Downstream impacts of new dams worry elders in Ethiopia’s Omo River Valley.

Downstream impacts of new dams worry elders in Ethiopia’s Omo River Valley.

NWNL believes the nexus of science and art, intellectual and physical resources, and local knowledge can effectively spread awareness of Nature’s unique interdependence and vulnerability of our watersheds’ glaciers, forests, wetlands, plains, estuaries, tributaries. Without raising that awareness, there will be no action.

The exhibit will be on view from March 14 through October 3, 2015.
Join us for a free public reception on Saturday, March 14 from 5-7 pm with Artists talks on April 11 and July 11, 2015 at Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Clarkson University, 199 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 – (845) 838-1600. Gallery Hours: Tu-Th 9-5, Fri 9-1 Sat 12-6 (second Sat until 8)  Sun/Mon-Closed

Learn More about No Water No Life.

This event is part of a global campaign, celebrating International Day of Actions for Rivers.

Rivers in Africa and N America support migrations, but are also clogged by invasive species.

Rivers in Africa and N America support migrations, but are also clogged by invasive species.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

December 31, 2014

LET’S ACT TOGETHER as ONE WATERSHED COMMUNITY:

  • scientists and engineers
  • artists and photographers
  • the youth and baby-boomers
  • urban and rural residents
  • citizen-scientists

Many thanks to all NWNL supporters and everyone generating awareness of the importance of our watersheds!

 

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