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Old 10-30-2014, 12:23 PM   #4
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The Mary mentioned in the link to the blog and her article.
Monday, October 27, 2014
(Published in print: Monday, October 27, 2014)

Naturally Curious: Ecosystem Engineers | Valley News

From 1780 to 1980, wetland loss occurred at a rate of 60 acres per hour. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that this has slowed considerably, but even so, wetlands are particularly vulnerable to loss and degradation. More beaver ponds means greater diversity of both plants and animals, and greater species diversity ensures natural sustainability for all life forms.

Mary Holland is the author of Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods, and Marshes of New England, Milkweed Visitors, Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer and The Beavers’ Busy Year . She has a natural history blog, which can be found at
"Half Earth Quest" Edward O. Wilson
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