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Snowy owl's escape from death

Snowy owl's escape from death | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

Documentation of a snowy owl's near-death from a truck collision back east.


Via Garry Rogers
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We have been working on road kill as a metric of habitat fragmentation for nearly a decade now.  Our most intensively-studied a region is the coastal zone here in southern California where barn owls are by far are most frequently hit raptor (two weeks ago I recorded two dead within an hour of each other as I surveyed four road transects).

 

Owls really are particularly hard hit by vehicle encounters (no pun intended).  Folks over in the U.K. have taken to planting shrub-high vegetation along roadsides to force foraging owls to fly higher over the road bed and in so doing (hopefully) reduce the probability of being struck by a car.

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Coastal Restoration
Coastal management and restoration of our planet's coastlines with a particular focus on California, Louisiana and the Pacific.  Emphasizing wetland restoration, aspects of agriculture in the coastal plain, fisheries, dealing with coastal hazards, and effective governance.
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Welcome to Coastal Restoration

Welcome to Coastal Restoration | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

Welcome to our curation site for all things coastal management-related.

 

Here you will find an array of stories, media, factoids, and updates on current events spanning a range of coastal and marine issues.  While we are interested in a great many things, most of these entries center upon our work to document, restore, and conserve coastal ecosystems and improve the overall management of these incredible, dynamic parts of our planet.

 

In particular, you'll find postings that reflect our deep, continuing interest in:

 

- riparian, wetland, beach, & reef restoration

- improved Coastal Zone Management 

- coastal agriculture/food systems

- sustainable fisheries management

- working ports & harbors

- vibrant ocean economies

- coastal ecology & natural history

- coastal energy production

- oil spills

- water quality & ecotoxicology in the coastal zone

- historical coastal perspectives & relationship to our world ocean



If any of these posts whet your appetite, you might also be interested in some of our other research, teaching, and updates:
 
- Pirate Lab's home (links to our various blogs): http://piratelab.org/
- Coastal Management podcasts: http://bit.ly/2z4oiTw
- YouTube videos (lectures, field, & lab videos): http://bit.ly/2gA7Wa9
- RestoringNOLA twiter feed: https://twitter.com/RestoringNOLA


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Coastal News Today | NE - Fishery Regulators Plan Vote on 100% At-Sea Monitoring

Coastal News Today | NE - Fishery Regulators Plan Vote on 100% At-Sea Monitoring | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
NEW BEDFORD — The prospect of a sharp increase in at-sea monitoring requirements for groundfishing vessels is pitting New England’s seafood providers against environmental advocates, and players from the Port of New Bedford are right in the middle of the discussions.
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People will be able to vote on how much sector-based groundfish vessels should be monitored, today fewer than 50% have been monitored. 
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PT 3: How Louisiana’s Port Fourchon Is Dealing With Environmental Crisis | NBC News

In Part 3 of “Water’s Edge,” Louisiana is among the top producers of seafood nationwide, but oil and gas make up the lion’s share of the state’s economy. Over 90 percent of all of the offshore drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico are serviced through Port Fourchon, which is situated at the eroding tip of Lafourche Parish. This port is a crucial economic driver for both Louisiana and the nation. Local, state and national officials have taken extensive measures to protect Port Fourchon, including a 5.4-mile-long elevated highway, dredging projects for barrier island creation and large-scale marsh restoration.
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Arctic Ocean ice shrinks to second-lowest level on record

Arctic Ocean ice shrinks to second-lowest level on record | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
U.S. scientists report that ice in the Arctic Ocean melted to its second lowest level on record this summer.
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Mountain lion found dead on Calabasas freeway

Mountain lion found dead on Calabasas freeway | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
CHP officers said the body of a mountain lion found Wednesday morning on the 101 Freeway in Calabasas appeared to have been struck by a vehicle.
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Funds from National Park Service set for beach nourishment at Portage Lakefront, Riverwalk: ‘Will it last 10 years or 10 minutes?’ - Chicago Tribune

Funds from National Park Service set for beach nourishment at Portage Lakefront, Riverwalk: ‘Will it last 10 years or 10 minutes?’ - Chicago Tribune | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Some relief is in sight for the erosion that’s plagued the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk after an infusion of cash from the National Park Service provided for beach nourishment.
Quinn Lewis's comment, September 25, 3:10 PM
This is some exciting news for such a damaged beach. Hopefully, this process will last and not simply just put a bandage over the problem.
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Climate scientists uncover new record-low temperature in Greenland | Live Science

Climate scientists uncover new record-low temperature in Greenland | Live Science | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Climate archivists have found the coldest day ever in the Northern Hemisphere, set by Greenland in 1991
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Lawmakers consider state task force for flooding and erosion issues - mlive.com

The task force idea comes as the Great Lakes see massive shoreline erosion and high water levels.
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Open-ocean fish farm proposed off San Diego coast could be first in federal waters

Open-ocean fish farm proposed off San Diego coast could be first in federal waters | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Pacific Ocean AquaFarms would grow up to 5,000 metric tons of yellowtail annually
Yvonna Smiths insight:
This proposed fish farm would be the first in federal waters. It would need to be approved by several state and federal agencies, as environmental groups have raised concern over offshore aquaculture operations. Supporters say this would provide job creation and food security, and that this project will be cleaner than aquaculture facilities in other countries, providing economic benefit to the US. 
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Net loss: the high price of salmon farming | News | The Guardian

Net loss: the high price of salmon farming | News | The Guardian | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The long read: The salmon has always been a barometer for the health of the planet. Now industrial-scale farming is bringing pollution, plagues of sea lice and threatening the future of wild salmon
Jeremy Ruizs insight:
I knew salmon in Poke is unnatural...
Zachary Urabe's comment, September 22, 7:29 PM
This is a really interesting overview of how salmon farming works and its impact on the environment. Forcing the movement of fisheries inland could help prevent the interactions between wild and farm raised although its increased carbon footprint brings up the energy issue. The genetically modified salmon presented towards the end of the article were said to follow this inland farming technique. So I am wondering whether the cost difference allows them to do this more efficiently or if they are facing the same problems as other farm fisheries would face.
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https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/ocean-economy-hit-hardest-by-pandemic-world-resources-institute/article32622719.ece

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Coastal News Today | FL - County will pursue eminent domain for two properties blocking beach renourishment project

Coastal News Today | FL - County will pursue eminent domain for two properties blocking beach renourishment project | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Two properties with a single owner are holding up the multi-million dollar project designed to protect coastal areas from inundation during future storms.
April Hoberg's comment, September 22, 2:25 PM
Beachfront property owners confuse me when they refuse beach nourishment/coastal armoring measures. Do they expect to miraculously not be affected by sea level rise? Amazing that one person is holding up an entire project.
Tess Davidson-Henney's comment, September 25, 7:00 PM
This person sounds like an idiot. Unless I'm understanding the article incorrectly, they're holding up a project that would possibly preserve and sustain their property and its value. It would be interesting to hear their arguments against the project proceeding.
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Los Angeles suffers worst smog in almost 30 years

Los Angeles suffers worst smog in almost 30 years | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Air quality officials said the high pollution readings were a result of intense heat combined with stagnant weather conditions.
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The Massive 'Blob' Anomaly Has Our Fingerprints All Over It, Study Finds

The Massive 'Blob' Anomaly Has Our Fingerprints All Over It, Study Finds | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

In 2013, a suffocatingly hot blob of water brewed in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of North America. It then decimated marine life.
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Study: 40% of Hawaii’s beaches could disappear in 30 years due to sea level rise

Study: 40% of Hawaii’s beaches could disappear in 30 years due to sea level rise | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The study also points out that sea level rise is speeding up — estimating that it could raise by nearly 10 inches in the next 30 years.
Jennifer Torres's comment, September 28, 9:48 PM
Wow this is an astonishing statistic I wonder what this means for their housing and tourism!!
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Southern California fall can bring rain and Santa Ana winds

Southern California fall can bring rain and Santa Ana winds | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The arrival of fall can mean some cooler temperatures, but also Santa Ana winds in Southern California
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Satellite Science Is Helping The Environment, From Farms To Oceans

Satellite Science Is Helping The Environment, From Farms To Oceans | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The same technology used for satellites can monitor both lands and seafloors, helping adaptation and mitigation practices against climate change.
Quinn Lewiss insight:
This is very exciting as it could streamline the process of managing a lot of farm resources. With quick and easy results to allow the farmer to change their ways to improve not only his output but their effect on the environment.
loretta davidson's comment, September 27, 10:40 PM
It is great when technology can actually help push us forward. Ag still needs to work on rectifying the ocean pollution.
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https://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_90f7e9fa-e7b9-11ea-b1b7-07da6d09e0d8.html

loretta davidson's comment, September 27, 10:37 PM
Steve how long do you think this $18 million dollar project will last? Haven't we evolved enough yet to take a different route?
Steve Abara's comment, September 28, 2:42 AM
its a 18 million dollar band aid
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Chinese fishing fleet moves from Galapagos to Peru

Chinese fishing fleet moves from Galapagos to Peru | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A Chinese fishing fleet of roughly 300 vessels has been scooping up sea life near the Galapagos Islands and is now moving south into Peruvian waters.
Ashlee Coronado's comment, September 25, 2:38 AM
I really hope the fishing vessels stay away from the Galapagos Islands. It would be a shame to destroy an area with vast biodiversity.
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Climate Solutions - How trucking eels is reviving a river

Dams interrupt the natural migration routes of the eels, which are born in the Chesapeake Bay and then swim upriver, sometimes hundreds of miles, into freshwater streams, where they grow into adulthood before eventually returning to the bay.
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New phase begins for 50-year sand replenishment project in North County

New phase begins for 50-year sand replenishment project in North County | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Planning, engineering and design to take three years
Nick Boomhower's comment, September 24, 10:17 PM
Beach nourishment is like putting a band-aid on an arterial bleed, it just isn't going to work.
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Coastal News Today | LA - Louisiana Lawmaker Paid to Push Proposed Pipeline Through Black, Indigenous Communities

Coastal News Today | LA - Louisiana Lawmaker Paid to Push Proposed Pipeline Through Black, Indigenous Communities | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Dorothy Ingram is among dozens of Raceland, Louisiana residents who say they’ve received few details about a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cut through historic Black churches and graveyards in their community, which sits about 40 miles west of New Orleans.
Jennifer Torress insight:
It always surprises me when I find out but doesn't surprise me that this is happening, as I'm sure there are several other people in power that havn't and will probably never be caught.
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Sea level rise could cost Hawaii up to 40% of its beaches by 2050, study shows - CBS News

Sea level rise could cost Hawaii up to 40% of its beaches by 2050, study shows - CBS News | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
University of Hawaii researchers warn sea level rise and current beach protection practices could be precarious combination
Jennifer Torres's comment, September 23, 2:35 PM
Wow I wonder what tourism will look like 10 years from now! So many changes happening so quickly.
Yvonna Smith's comment, September 23, 11:51 PM
This was a really interesting article. Its hard to imagine what ten inches of sea level rise in the next 30 would look like in an island of Hawaii. Not only is this critical habitat for many species, but this will affect ecotourism and significantly impact those living on the islands.
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Fighting nature's might – with scrap tyres! | New Straits Times

Fighting nature's might – with scrap tyres! | New Straits Times | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
“THE eggs should be in the sand. Not the pan….”
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Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks to Second Lowest Level on Record

Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks to Second Lowest Level on Record | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A near record low in sea ice coverage in the Arctic, combined with the loss of Greenland's glaciers, serves as a warning for climate change
Jeremy Ruiz's comment, September 22, 6:05 PM
I'm curious, do biomes go extinct? Interesting how the arctic and antarctic could be a thing of the past.
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Don't look away now: are viewers finally ready for the truth about nature? | Environment | The Guardian

Don't look away now: are viewers finally ready for the truth about nature? | Environment | The Guardian | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
For decades David Attenborough delighted millions with tales of life on Earth. But now the broadcaster wants us to face up to the state of the planet
Ramie Ks insight:
I am a HUGE fan of Sir David Attenborough. His voice is like Morgan Freemans, powerful and divine, yet soothing and inspiring. A substantial part of my love for nature comes from him. I haven't watched the whole documentary yet but based off the trailer, I think it will will be a sad realization that we all need to face sooner rather than later. 
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