National Geographic : 2014 Nov
“The ACE Basin is a big jigsaw puzzle,” says wildlife biologist Dean Harrigal of its many habitats. Wetlands provide feeding and resting areas for waterfowl, seen here through grasses (left, top). Wad- ing birds, mink, and alligators live in tidal marshes (middle). Land managers use controlled burning (bottom) to remove unwanted vegetation, stimulate fresh growth, and release seeds for wildlife.