Braving Iraq

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heronsSquacco herons have returned to the restored wetlands to nest.Squacco herons have returned to the restored wetlands to nest.
kingfisherA kingfisher perches in a reed bed.A kingfisher perches in a reed bed.
frogA marsh frog peeks above the water's surface.A marsh frog peeks above the water's surface.
flamingosA flock of greater flamingosA flock of greater flamingos
egretsEgrets resting in the wetlandsEgrets resting in the wetlands
dragonflyA dragonfly balances momentarily on a reed.A dragonfly balances momentarily on a reed.
reed-warblerThe rare and indigenous Basra reed-warbler nests in the marshlands, a sign of success for the restoration project.The rare and indigenous Basra reed-warbler nests in the marshlands, a sign of success for the restoration project.
water buffaloWater buffalo bathing in the wetlandsWater buffalo bathing in the wetlands
aerialAriel view of the Mesopotamian MarshesAriel view of the Mesopotamian Marshes
housesTraditional Marsh Arab reed housesTraditional Marsh Arab reed houses
fishermenMarsh Arab fishermenMarsh Arab fishermen
marsh arabA Marsh Arab woman unloads freshly cut reeds in a healing habitat.A Marsh Arab woman unloads freshly cut reeds in a healing habitat.
dr azzam alwashDr. Azzam Alwash, director of marsh restoration project Nature Iraq, holds a soft-shelled turtle, a sign of returning life.Dr. Azzam Alwash, director of marsh restoration project Nature Iraq, holds a soft-shelled turtle, a sign of returning life.
marsh arab boatSaddam Hussein had the Mesopotamian Marshes drained, leaving only desert and remnants of the past, like this abandoned Marsh Arab boat.Saddam Hussein had the Mesopotamian Marshes drained, leaving only desert and remnants of the past, like this abandoned Marsh Arab boat.

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