Glaciers – Butterflies – Change

All photos © Alison M. Jones Rivers are like sentences. They run on. There is an order, but it can be re-arranged.  They are often punctuated by geologic elements and activity. However gingerly an island arc docks against a continent, it is not a gentle process. Rocks fold, melt and metamorphose. Mountains rise. A new … Continue reading Glaciers – Butterflies – Change

A Watershed Thankful List

All photos © Alison M. Jones For 12 years, NWNL has documented six case-studies in North America and Eastern Africa – as well as a Spotlight on the ongoing 7-year California Drought. Thus, this week we want to share our appreciation of nature’s miracles and human stewardship in these special watersheds! NWNL says THANK YOU for … Continue reading A Watershed Thankful List

SPECIES INVASIONS: Water Hyacinth and Zebra Mussels

By Bianca T. Esposito, NWNL Research Intern (Edited by Alison M.  Jones, NWNL Director) Bianca T. Esposito is a Syracuse University senior studying Biology and Economics. Her summer research for NWNL was on biodiversity and water resources. Her past NWNL blogs are:  Wild v Hatchery Salmon; Buffalo & Bison; Papyrus & Phragmites; & Deer & Elephants. INTRODUCTION Invasive … Continue reading SPECIES INVASIONS: Water Hyacinth and Zebra Mussels

Hatcheries: Helpful or Harmful?

By Bianca T. Esposito, NWNL Research Intern (Edited by Alison Jones, NWNL Director) NWNL research intern Bianca T. Esposito is a senior at Syracuse University studying Biology and minoring in Economics. Her research focuses primarily on how watershed degradation affects biodiversity. Figure 1. Salmon utilizing a manmade fish ladder to bypass a dam in their quest for migration. … Continue reading Hatcheries: Helpful or Harmful?

Buzz Numbers

By NWNL Director, Alison Jones As NWNL plans its website redo (to launch this fall), we envision “Buzz Numbers” on the home page.  What?  Well, “Buzz Numbers,” are our Project Manager Sarah’s take-off on “buzz words.”  Just another great tool to quickly project complex concepts.  So, while in that mode, here’s a NWNL BLOG with … Continue reading Buzz Numbers

World Wetlands Day 2018

World Wetlands Day - February 2, 2018 blog by Sarah Kearns, NWNL Project Manager Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa What are "wetlands"? Synonyms: Marsh, fen, bog, pothole, mire, swamp, bottomlands, pond, wet meadows, muskeg, slough, floodplains, river overflow, mudflats, saltmarsh, sea grass beds, estuaries, and mangroves. Development on edge of Columbia Wetlands, British Columbia Worldwide, wetlands … Continue reading World Wetlands Day 2018

Drought: A Photo Essay

From 2014 until the beginning of 2017  California suffered through a major drought. It was a hot topic in the news, and NWNL conducted five Spotlight Expeditions to document and bring attention to that drought and its significance.  But what exactly is a drought? What causes droughts?  What are the effects of droughts? What does … Continue reading Drought: A Photo Essay