Judging from opener, Minnesota is seeing a revival of duck hunting
MINNEAPOLIS — Duck hunters turned out in strong numbers for Minnesota’s 2020 season opener, enjoying decent success and breaking from five years of sagging attendance.The Department of Natural Resources reported an 8% upswing in state duck stamp sales through Sunday after the opener. Observers noticed a ripple of newcomers to the sport and said that most hunters had fair opportunities to bag blue-winged teal, wood ducks and mallards.“Participation on the opening weekend of the duck season was at record levels,” wrote DNR conservation officer Kevin Prodzinski of Wabasha in his weekly report. “M...
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The wilds of one Lake Ontario bay reveal how coastal habitats suffer from changing climate, human choices
GREECE, N.Y. — Lake Ontario is more swamp than mighty Great Lake at the edge of Braddock Bay, where 15-foot cattails rustle in the breeze.The wetland is thick with the giant invasive plants. They stretch from the coastal forest into the bay, obscuring the view of the choppy open water beyond the peninsula that shields the calm inlet.Somewhere among the cattails is wetland scientist Rachel Schultz, tromping through the soupy muck in knee-high wading boots. She’s talking with graduate student Sarah Kirkpatrick, and while her voice is audible, the wall of vegetation obscures the two scientists fr...
With Canada closed, duck hunters will pile into North Dakota this year
MINNEAPOLIS — With the prairie provinces of Canada most likely off limits to most Americans this year, North Dakota is bracing for an onslaught of waterfowl hunters who have been crossing the border for decades.“It could be a real zoo,” said Al Afton, a hunter and wildlife ecologist who lives near Bemidji. “North Dakota will be shoulder to shoulder.”Afton, an adjunct professor of renewable natural resources at Louisiana State University, said the global coronavirus pandemic will lessen pressure and disturbance on ducks and geese as they begin their migration from arctic and sub-arctic breeding...
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Walls or Wetlands? How Southeast Cities Are Grappling With Rising Seas
Sea levels are rising around the world — but not evenly.One area already getting swamped is the Southeast United States, where sinking land, rising seas, and a slowing Gulf Stream are causing waves to lap at city streets even on sunny days.Climate change is also bringing another wet threat: supercharged storms carrying more moisture, leaving low-lying coastal areas awash.As city leaders figure out how to meet these challenges, they have to weigh decisions about whether to build sea walls or improve wetland habitat. Or a combination of so-called “gray” and “green” infrastructure.“I think that f...
Wetlands disappearing three times faster than forests: study
Geneva (AFP) - Wetlands, among the world's most valuable and biodiverse ecosystems, are disappearing at alarming speed amid urbanisation and agriculture shifts, conservationists said Thursday, calling for urgent action to halt the erosion."We are in a crisis," Martha Rojas Urrego, head of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, told reporters in Geneva, warning of the potential devastating impact of wetland loss, including on climate change.The convention, adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar nearly a half-century ago, on Thursday issued its first-ever global report on the state of the world's wet...