“Our challenge for the future is that we realize we are very much a part of the earth’s ecosystem, and we must learn to respect and live according to the basic biological laws of nature.” Jim Fowler
Great blue heron hunting in salt marsh in South Mobile County
The great blue heron certainly understands the need to preserve wetlands. In a wetland, this marshland king finds food, water, shelter, and space in a suitable arrangement. In other words, a wetland is a habitat or home for this heron and countless other living things.
Wetlands are the third most productive ecosystem in the world, surpassed only by tropical rainforests and coral reefs. While everyone should be appreciative of wetland benefits, coastal residents should be especially appreciative due to its sponge-like characteristic which contributes to the reduction of flood damage. Refer to the NOAA website to gain a greater perspective of the benefits of coastal wetlands, the need for preservation, and how individuals can help. This a must read for coastal residents!
Well, what is this ecosystem thing? Are there many ecosystems or just one as Jim Fowler’s quote may suggest? Check out this easy-to-understand explanation at ESchoolToday.
It is time for a field trip! Visit a wetland, observe this wondrous ecosystem, and communicate to legislators Jim Fowler’s advice, “we must learn to respect and live according to the basic biological laws of nature.” There are far too many powerful agents, acting through hubris and financial greed, arguing otherwise. The future belongs to you, your children, and your grandchildren. Help make it bright and healthy. Would anyone want something less?