Each time we do a managed marsh channel clearing project, the entire team gets a little better at it. This year, working on the BKS tract North Course Channel Clearing Project, Phase 2, we are working at breakneck speed and with no adverse surprises. The idea is to get the channel fully functional as managed marsh, and do so for the absolute least amount of time necessary. We strive to put these marsh complexes back into service for the NBHCP’s “Covered Species” as soon as practical. (Primarily, this is for the benefit of the giant garter snake.) Last summer, we did ponds D, H and L in 22 days. We might beat that with this year’s ponds M and N.
Conservancy field personnel captured this close-up of an osprey (Pandion haliaetus) flying overhead from a nearby perch. The photo was taken on Conservancy mitigation land associated with a managed marsh complex. In prior years, some called this species the “fish hawk.” Clearly, the claws would be useful in catching fish.… Continue Reading Nail trim needed?