Turkey Vultures, Dry Marsh

Turkey Vultures, Dry Marsh

Marshlands with a different perspective.

When wetlands go dry to habitat does a complete change.

This was taken the other day when I discovered many of the large areas went dry. It happens every year, it’s not pretty, and it’s important to save the marsh in it’s current healthy state.

These droughts are usually man made. The trunks are closed stopping the flow of water through out the area. Grass dies off, other plants go to seed. Fish die off, ultimately replenished with healthy new ones that flow through the newly reopened trunks.

The Vulture plays an important part, cleanup. Alligators help too, they eat anything.

Turkey Vultures, Dry Marsh
Turkey Vultures, Dry Marsh

This week was a fish kill and then the marsh drying.

Turkey Vultures, Dry Marsh
Turkey Vultures, Dry Marsh
Dry Marsh
Dry Marsh

Above you can see water settling in pools and low areas. Another key element is feeding the large number of birds now in the area.

With less water fish are gathering in smaller pools. Hundreds of birds take advantage of this since catching prey is much easier. Feeding young off in the nests is easier too.

ACE Basin is 300,000+ acres. This method maintains the eco system. The ‘trunk method’ was introduced in the 1700’s by enslaved West Africans on the plantations. Simple and effective, still in use today.

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