Walk Through the Wetlands

 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.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Immature White Ibis
Immature White Ibis
Blue Crab
Blue Crab
Common Moorhen
Common Moorhen
Green Heron
Green Heron
Nutria & Red-eared Slider Terrapins
Nutria & Red-eared Slider Terrapin
Sora Rail
Sora Rail
Alligator
Alligator
Roseate Spoonbills & A variety of Ducks
Roseate Spoonbills & A variety of Ducks
American Bittern
American Bittern
Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron
Great Egret
Great Egret
Whooping Cranes
Whooping Cranes

 

 

6 thoughts on “Walk Through the Wetlands”

  1. As always…we learn something of science, (our environment) as well as benefit from your great nature pictures!!!

  2. We’re not on the coast, Michael, but have a small area (1 1/2 acres) of wetlands sitting right in our backyard – giving us a little taste of what you are talking about. It comes in realm of fox, deer, rabbits, birds, mice, beavers…and dogs prowling around to see what is going on. We love it!

  3. Mike, you sure know how to educate and visually stimulate at the same time. Thanks for sharing this gift with the rest of us…

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