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Our Favorite #IHeartEstuaries Valentines

Feb 23, 2022 | I Heart Estuaries, Reserves

This month, estuary lovers across the System and beyond waxed poetic on why #iheartestuaries. Along with partners at the Association of National Estuary Programs, and Restore America’s Estuaries, a thousand people told us why they love estuaries, what makes these places so special, and why programs like Reserves are so important. 

You reminded Congress of all the benefits that estuaries provide: education, memory making, an outlet for rest and relaxation, habitat and species restoration, land conservation, and all the critters that call these ecosystems home.

We can’t thank those who participated enough; the outpouring of love truly gave us butterflies. Here are a few of our favorites. Need a lift? Check out #iheartestuaries on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

The top hitting post on Instagram was from Ada Monzon, a meteorologist who featured the Jobos Bay Reserve in a special edition of the Naturaleza Sin Límites broadcast. (in Spanish).

The Great Bay Reserve reminded us to get out on the estuary, even in cold weather.

And it turns out that Homo sapiens aren’t the only ones who love estuaries at the Chesapeake Bay Reserve in Virginia.

Heart shapes were found in the natural world, a clear sign that estuaries love us back. 

The campaign coincided with international women and girls in science day! Dr. Denise Colombano started a compliment chain on twitter for women in estuarine science to celebrate the occasion. You can read the full thread here. While you’re at it, give your favorite woman working in estuarine science a shout out!

Sweet homemade valentines and declarations of love proliferated at Reserves in Maryland and Virginia

And estuaries recieved some sweet poetry.

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