Description Roseate Spoonbill populations in north Florida along the Gulf Coast and elsewhere are stable and even increasing in some places, which is where I first spotted these amazing birds for the first time. However, spoonbill numbers are declining in the broad estuary sandwiched between the Everglades, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Keys. The key offender is poor water management in the Everglades, which has dramatically altered water depths and salinity levels in Florida Bay. For a wading bird on a special diet, this is life threatening. I think the public says, The Everglades are a national park, everythings okay, says wildlife conservation biologist, Mac Stone. But if you dont protect the waterthe life sourcecoming to it, youve got nothing. You can put up as many fences, signs, whatever. None of it matters if you dont have the water.In addition to the conservation of these beautiful birds, theres more at stake. The Florida Bay and the greater Everglades provides millions of dollars to the states economy through recreation, tourism, and commercial fishing, which has kept teams of scientists on the job. The survival of the spoonbills, will only come with the survival of the everglades. Spoonbills have become the indicator for the overall health of the Everglades, explains Stone. Theyre representative of the whole ecosystem. They require the fish, and the fish require the submerged aquatic vegetation, and the submerged aquatic vegetation requires the input of freshwater. The warning is quite clear; As goes the spoonbill, so goes the bay.
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About the Artist: Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz) is the pseudonym he uses for his visual art, writing, poetry, and video creations; initially, the name came about by his direct approach on subjects that focus on humanitarian issues that impact our world today. He's known to call a spade a spade.
In the late 1950’s, Spadecaller’s formal training in traditional oil painting techniques commenced. He was eight years old, when he started private painting lessons. Through considerable personal sacrifice, his mother, who has since passed away, nurtured his artistic talents and provided him with many of the tools and circumstances to launch his creative journey. Memories of art exhibitions in New York City that his mother introduced him to continue to motivate his quest for excellence. Spadecaller attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71), and during the 70's up until the late 80's, he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York. As a realist painter, he strives to capture the beauty of nature and the soul of humankind. Due to the onset of chronic illness in the late nineties and with the advent of image editing software, he turned to creating digital hand painted images, mixed media and photographic art - fusing these into an art form worthy of the same gratification that he had once found in oils.
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