A Visual Testament to the Wonders of Wetlands

A Visual Testament to the Wonders of Wetlands

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, wetlands provide free floodwater storage that helps retain runoff and reduce flooding. Wetlands also reduce erosion and improve water quality. Last, but not least, they also provide habitat for hundreds of species.

One of my hobbies has long been bird photography. Few other cities in America offer the possibilities that Houston does, thanks in large part to the abundant wetlands found here.

For instance, since 2010, 198 species of birds have been spotted in or near the wetlands of Kingwood’s East End Park. Many of those species are rare, threatened, or even endangered.

Many of the shots below were taken there. Friendswood donated the land to the Kingwood Service Association to manage for the benefit of all Kingwood residents. And I am sure that proximity to such beauty has enhanced home values.

Local Color

For those willing to explore, the visual rewards can be priceless. These colorful creatures enrich our community and our lives.

Mating display by Great White Egret in breeding plumage.
Painted Bunting enjoying breakfast
Cattle Egret near Huffman
Roseate Spoonbills defending nest from marauder.
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird near Creekwood Nature Center and Kingwood Town Center
Cedar Waxwing
Male Mallard in Huffman on Lake Houston
Great White Egrets watch hatchling as it emerges from egg
Roseate Spoonbills get their pink coloration from the foods they eat. They are one of six spoonbill species in the world and the only one found in North America.
Male Scarlet Tanager in breeding plumage.

As we head into the peak of the Spring nesting season, I offer these shots as a visual testament to the wonders of wetlands. And with grateful thanks to all our predecessors who saw the beauty in conservation and preservation.

Posted by Bob Rehak on 3/27/24

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