Walk Through the Wetlands
Have you ever given much thought to just how valuable and beneficial our wetlands are to people, fish, and wildlife? While photographing some of the inhabitants of a coastal wetland, my interest in wetlands was tweaked. Without going into to an extensive marine biologist or an environmentalist dialogue about our wetlands, I will take some liberty to share some interesting facts and information about wetlands. Hopefully you will have a greater appreciation of these wetland residents through my photographs, yes, even the alligator.
Our wetlands serve several functions or services. Some of these services, or functions, include protecting and improving water quality, providing habitats for fish and wildlife, storing floodwaters and maintaining surface water flow during dry periods. Wetlands are the most productive ecosystems in the world comparable to rain forest and coral reefs. Wetlands are sometimes referred to as “biological supermarkets”.
Coastal wetlands cover roughly 40 million acres and make up about 38 percent of the total wetland acreage. The value of services coastal wetland habitat provides is in the billions of dollars. These coastal wetlands are the source of habitat for many federally threatened and endangered species, such as the Whooping Crane.
All the photographs in this “Walk Through the Wetlands” blog were taken along the Texas Coast.