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.
A STRONG PUSH… In Paris this month 195 countries tackled climate change together, due to increased public awareness. TO KEEP MOVING… Climate change is still in question, NOT out of the question! AND PAYING ATTENTION. Climate change is invisible, but its causes and effects are visible.
Tanzania: Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Maasai women walking on plains
Canada: Alberta, Athabasca Glacier
USA: New Jersey, Raritan River Basin spring floods
Photography has been a critical tool in communicating the dire need for the cooperation and progress that began at Paris COP21.
Let’s all continue this conversation and purposefully work to create a world that sustains itself with recycling and renewable energy sources.
“This problem isn’t for another generation. It has serious implications for how we live right now.” -Anonymous
One reason people resist change is that they focus on what they have to give up, rather than on what they have to gain. -Anonymous
Activism is the rent I pay for living on the planet.
-Alice Walker, American author
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.
For 30 years NWNL has studied Kenya’s iconic, charismatic jumbos that create water access for so many other species in the Mara River Basin. What can you do to celebrate and help elephants?
(scroll down for a few ideas 🙂 )
Namibia: Chobe River in the Caprivi Strip, elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Kenya: Maasai (aka Masai) Mara National Reserve, Mara Conservancy, Mara Triangle, Silhouette of Elephant (‘Loxodonta africana’) at sunset
East Africa, Kenya, Chyulu Hills, Old Donyo Wuas Lodge, Mbirikani,
Kenya: Amboseli, herd of African elephants (‘Loxodonta africana’) with Mt Kilimanjaro in distance at sunset,
Kenya: Samburu National Reserve, female African elephant (Loxodonta africana) with two young adults and baby drinking from Uaso Nyiro River, seen from rear,
Kenya: Tsavo East National Park, close-up of two young adult orphaned African elephants (‘Loxodonta africana’) intertwining trunks at mud hole,
Kenya: Amboseli National Park, baby elephant (‘Loxodonta africana’) with plant in mouth, herd of females in background.
Kenya: Amboseli National Park, male elephant (‘Loxodonta africana’).
Tanzania: Lake Manyara National Park, matriarchal herd of African elephants (‘Loxodonta africana’) with newborn,
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.