Matte Coles researches his chemical methods to reduce overabundant Canada goose population in urban areas. NWRC, Fort Collins, Colorado
From the series Managing Eden
20 x 24 inches
Courtesy of the artist
© Joann Brennan – Managing Eden
The loss of wetlands—the sometimes saturated and sometimes dry zones that support rich ecosystems of wildlife and fish—is happening nationwide. Scientists at the National Wetlands Research Center study all kinds of wetlands, often in partnership with other agencies, and share their research in order to promote the conservation of these habitats. Other projects involve mediating the relationship between animals and humans in the landscape, such as addressing the population boom among Canada Geese in many urban areas with lawns, golf courses, or verdant parks. Joann Brennan photographs one of the researchers sitting at a table with a goose under his arm. Though he is undoubtedly restraining the bird while he examines it, his embrace and his calm demeanor suggest a friendly relationship with the bird while underscoring the increasing rarity of true wildness.