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Professor Advocates for Conservation of Wetlands

Written by: Colby ShoupMarch 31, 2016

Wetland habitats are important because of the animal and plant life they support, according to Bruce Kingsbury, professor of biology and director of the Environmental Resources Center at IPFW.

“We do not always find that animals like snakes are economically valuable, but my philosophy is that things don’t have to just be worth money for us to protect them and so just like works of art, I think wildlife has intrinsic value.” Kingsbury said.

Kingsbury will be speaking about preservation 7 p.m. April 7 in meeting room A at the Allen County Public Library Main Branch in a lecture called “Shallow Wetlands, Complex Thoughts.”

Wetlands are habitats that consist of a mixture between water and soil. They help support wildlife and improve the quality of surrounding bodies of water, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.

The discussion will cover the harmful effects that shallow wetlands have on reptiles and amphibians, Kingsbury said.

“Wetland preservation is important to the amphibians because they use those wetlands to reproduce around this time of year. If you don’t have wetlands, you don’t have many of these kinds of species,” Kingsbury said.

The event is sponsored by FreeThought Fort Wayne, a non-profit organization that advocates “the joy of science, skepticism, critical thought and civil liberties,” according to their website.

Kingsbury said he will continue to encourage people to participate in the discussion over wetlands in the future.

“I hope I give people just a little bit of an increase in general knowledge, but also I hope it makes people think about being more responsible for the landscape that we live in.” Kingsbury said.