Monday, October 15, 2007

One Place of Wonder I Would Miss

Laguna Madre
Mother Lagoon

Shallow, salty and teeming with life, the Laguna Madre stretches more than 200 miles from southern Texas into northern Mexico, sheltered between barrier islands and the mainland. The Laguna Madre covers 609 square miles of estuarine and coastal marine systems.

The Laguna Madre is one of the five saltiest bodies of water on Earth. Without freshwater inflows from rivers, the salt content of the lower Laguna Madre is high, from 35 to 45 parts per 1000 of water. This saltiness is intensified by heat and the shallow water depth, ranging from 2.5 to 5 feet.

Meadows of seagrass thrive in the lower Laguna Madre, providing a nurturing home for young finfish, shrimp and shellfish. Having established an exclusive dependence on seagrass, more than 75 percent of the world population of redhead ducks winters in the Laguna Madre, which also provides wintering habitat for the endangered piping plover.

Ripley Turtle hatchling
Endangered sea turtles share the beaches and coastal mainland with two magnificent wildcats: ocelot and jaguarundi.

Only 80 ocelots remain in Texas; 35 of them live at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.

Ever see a dolphin smile?

Why it Matters

The Laguna Madre (Mother Lagoon) relies heavily on freshwater inflows from the rivers of Texas. Not everyone thinks we should just let water flow to this natural hatchery for young finfish, shrimp and shellfish. Sentiments include . . .
  • Who cares if there are no more shorebirds, wintering whooping cranes or ducks?
  • So what if we lose the last Ripley's turtles, native ocelots and jaguarundi?
  • Why should we care that millions of birds migrate through Laguna Madre to shelter?
We should care and care deeply. Please show your support today for the Mother Lagooon of Texas.

This post is in support of Blog Action Day 10/15/2007

How Can You Help?
Join or donate to the San Marcos River Foundation,
who is leading the fight to keep fresh water flowing
to the lagunas, bays and bayous.

Use PayPal on their secure website.


technogeek said...

Aww, great pics. I've never seen a dolphin least not in person. I'm jealous. The ocelots pic is awesome.

CyberCelt said...

@technogeek-Thanks for stopping by. Please stop by Endangered Spaces for more information about the environment.

Matthew Anton said...

I was bit by a dolphin at sea world ;) I'm sure he was just playing but it kinda hurt and I was little. It's a disgrace what were doing to our planet Earth...we should follow the rule don't sh*t where you eat. These creatures need to be flourishing, not diminishing.


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