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MNPS Program: Restoring Wild Rice Marshes, the Anacostia River's Filters

  • 11/24/2020
  • 7:30 PM
  • Zoom Webinar


Registration is closed


We can accommodate 500 viewers on Zoom. First come first served. A recording will be available after the program.

Speaker: Jorge Bogantes

In the 19th century, the tidal Anacostia River was a wide swath of tidal emergent wetlands dominated by Wild Rice (Zizania aquatica), a keystone wetland grass. Centuries of habitat destruction and neglect have deeply changed the riparian landscape of this river in the nation’s capital. For more than two decades, the Anacostia Watershed Society has embarked on an ecosystem restoration journey to try to recover these amazing tidal marshlands, but in a very different River in the 21st century. Every summer, with the blooming of wild rice and more wildlife sightings, we grow more hopeful and treasure the recovery of a riverine ecosystem in the middle of a city.

Our speaker, Jorge Bogantes, is a Natural Resources Specialist at the Anacostia Watershed Society in Bladensburg, MD. Jorge leads a number of ecological restoration projects on public parklands in the tidal Anacostia River and its tributaries including, wetland restoration, reforestation, meadow creation and wildlife conservation. Jorge has a BS in Natural Resource Management and Protection he earned in San Jose, Costa Rica where he is from. Before moving to the U.S., Jorge worked in his country in issues related to tropical biodiversity conservation.

The program will be presented online through Zoom, in webinar format. You will not be able to share your own audio or video with other participants, but you will be able to submit questions in writing during the program.

Registration is required. After you register, you will receive a registration confirmation email with a link to the Zoom program. 

The program is free and open to the public.

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