Long Live Prarie Potholes
|Copyright: Natalka Melnycky (nat)
|Date Taken: 2010-07-06|
|Exposure: f/7.1, 1/6400 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-08-03 0:50|
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|This summer, while doing bird surveys in rural Manitoba, I had the pleasure to enjoy many sunrises while scanning prairie potholes, among other landscapes, for birds. This photo was taken shortly after sunrise and gives a perfect reflection of what an early morning on a wetland looked like. Although it looks void of birds, rest assured this pothole was filled with all kinds of waterfowl. |
Prairie potholes are important habitats for migrating waterfowl and should be recognized as such. It was amazing to be driving through fields and fields of agriculture and stumble apon these havens, filled to the brim with breedings ducks. Although I don't normally like to site Wikipedia, it does a good job of defining the Prairie Pothole region. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prairie_Pothole_Region
Here is some information :
The Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) is an area of the northern Great Plains and midgrass and tallgrass prairies that contains thousands of shallow wetlands known as potholes. These potholes are the result of glacier activity in the Wisconsin glaciation, which ended approximately 10,000 years ago. The decaying ice sheet left behind depressions formed by the uneven deposition of till in ground moraines, and melting ice blocks which created kettle lakes. These depressions filled with water, creating the potholes.
More than half of the potholes have been drained and converted to agriculture. Pothole loss is 90% or more in places. Those potholes that remain are important habitats for migratory waterfowl and other wildlife, supporting more than 50% of North America's migratory waterfowl.
I am glad I get to sleep in a bit more these days but I do miss those beautiful mornings. Enjoy!
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