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The Fishmigrationriver Afsluitdijk The Netherlands
3 February 2014
This video shows how the Fishmigrationriver Afsluitdijk works. A unique concept that will enable fish to migrate from the Wadden Sea to the IJsselmeer and back while preventing salt water to enter the freshwater basin.
The construction of the Afsluitdijk in 1932 resulted in an ecological disaster for the Wadden Sea and the Zuiderzee. The Zuiderzee‘s mix of brackish and salt water became purely fresh water. The tide disappeared. And also the migratory fish species suddenly found the route to their Zuiderzee spawning grounds blocked. These fish species used to mate in the brackish water of the Zuiderzee. After the Afsluitdijk was constructed, their populations collapsed.
The Directorate of Public Works and Water Management is now planning major maintenance works for the Afsluitdijk, starting in 2016. The dike will be strengthened and reinforced. Regional stakeholders are seizing this opportunity to put forward this plan for the restoration of the ecological balance. And, at the same time, to improve the quality of nature reserves and recreational areas.
No other country has anything like this Fishmigrationriver, although about 200 comparable situations exist throughout the world. By investing now in further development of the Fishmigrationriver, the Dutch water management sector will acquire unique expertise. This expertise can then be converted into a new export product.
Therefore, the Fishmigrationriver also has international potential.
Dutch daily Trouw reports today, 20 November 2014, that the fish migration river plan can go ahead. There will come a new energy plant at the Afsluitdijk as well, using tidal water current energy.
This video is about reptiles (and at least one amphibian), filmed by a camera trap at a wildlife corridor in the Netherlands.
The Dutch herpetologists of RAVON write today about reptiles using wildlife corridors. Until recently, they were often not detected, or the image quality was so bad that people could not know which species had been filmed.
In 2014, an experiment started in the Fochteloërveen nature reserve to improve camera traps especially for reptiles. This worked. From May-September this year 97 reptiles using two corridors were recorded (27 adders, 56 grass snakes, five smooth snakes, nine common lizards). There were also many mammals, like stoats, pine martens and hedgehogs.
RAVON plans to improve the system further in 2015; maybe making it possible to even recognize individuals.
This is a video about a female kestrel having a dust bath to get parasites out of her feathers.
Jan Ebbenn from the Netherlands made the video.
This is a video about a pied wheatear, in Zoeterwoude in the Netherlands, 13 November 2014.
Adri de Groot made the video about this special individual. This species is very rare in the Netherlands.
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9 April 2012
This video was taken in shallow water off Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas. The Unicorn [Leatherjacket] Filefish is normally a deep water fish but is occasionally seen in shallow water. You can see the fish change its coloring as it swims away.
Recently, a tropical fish, an oceanic puffer, beached on Texel island in the Netherlands. The first time ever for that species in that country, and in the whole North Sea.
It turns out that a few days before this, another tropical species beached near ‘s-Gravenzande, more to the south in the Netherlands.
It was a unicorn leatherjacket filefish. Also, the first time ever in the North Sea.
This video is called Chaffinch – Beautiful Bird on Display and Singing a Song.
The Dutch SOVON ornithologists report that this week, on 11 November 2014, the one million hours milestone in counting migrating birds for the site trektellen.nl was reached.
For this site, started in the Netherlands in 2002, many people count birds now, including in far away countries like Morocco or Azerbaijan. Scheveningen in the Netherlands is the spot where most counting has been done.
The top three for migratory birds in the Netherlands is:
1. Starling: 75,804,934
2. Chaffinch: 35,785,032
3. Wood pigeon: 26,390,999
This is a video about a little bittern, singing in a reedbed in the Netherlands in May this year.
André Strootman made the video.