RESOURCES & ACTIVITIES
THE WORTH OF WETLANDS
Wetlands are just as their name describes - wet lands. Wetlands come in many forms such as swamps, bogs, or marshlands - the latter of which is found here at the Nature Study Area.
Prior to the 1970s, wetlands were seen as wastelands. It was common for wetlands to be destroyed in order to develop land for agriculture, industry, and housing. Many modern cities are built upon drained wetlands. In fact, Reno and the greater Truckee Meadows were once defined by their wetlands. It is estimated that Nevada has lost over 52% of its wetlands since European settlement.
Today, wetlands are still threatened by human causes such as water diversions, industrial and agricultural waste, land development, prolonged drought, and other effects of climate change. Overall, the United States continues to lose approximately 50,000 acres of wetlands each year.
Wetlands are an incredibly important ecosystem. They provide a vast number of services to both humans and the environment. Click the image to learn some of the crucial benefits that wetlands, such as the one here at the Nature Study Area, provide.
Check Out the Nature Study Area's Trail Cameras!
The Wetland Restoration Technicians place trail cameras around the Rosewood Nature Study Area so that we can get an idea on the wildlife we have on the property and how they are using the wetland!
Check out this video to learn more about how the trail cameras work!
Check out these photos we have captured using our trail cameras!
Our trail cameras capture more than just animals - sometimes they pick up plants blowing in the wind, cars driving by, or people walking around the Nature Study Area.
This marmot is small because it is still just a baby! Marmot babies are known as pups. A family of marmots started living out of an old paddle boat left on the property.