Creating Habitat

The world changes as humans move further from connections to the natural world into urban and suburban settings.  Natural features that once existed may be lost or altered.

When I am designing a restoration plan, I look for opportunities to bring back the features lost from the greater landscape.  An example of this is creating a marsh with varying depths and a deep water hole…better known as a gator hole in southwest Florida.

This provides habitat for aquatic fauna throughout the year.  Which is of importance in southwest Florida where there is a wet season and a dry season.

Fill generated from the marsh creation is often used to backfill ditches restoring the natural water flow and water storage on the land.

Under construction. Stakes or flags are used to set boundaries for changes in elevation.
Wet season brings rains which “flood” the land. Wetland plants emerge. The contours of the marsh are not visible during this time.
As the wet season ends, water levels drop but the marsh still holds water providing a feeding area for these white pelicans, wood storks, and other wading birds.
During the dry season the deeper areas provide a refugia for aquatic species. The green “film” on the water is not algae but small floating plants called duckweed.

 

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