PHOTOS: Flooded Fields Bring Back Shorebirds

PHOTOS: Flooded Fields Bring Back Rare Birds
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In August 2008 mats of algae cover a field that farmer Alan Mesman flooded as part of the Nature Conservancy's Farming for Wildlife project.

The algae should provide the fields with abundant nitrogen, allowing the farmers to spend less money on fertilizers.

In addition, the flooding may kill off disease-causing organisms that blight certain crops, such as potatoes.

The Skagit Valley, Washington, experiment is modeled after a decade-old project in the Klamath Basin of southern Oregon and northern California.
— Photograph courtesy Steve Mlodinow, the Nature Conservancy
 
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