Some of Michigan's most important natural resources are often overlooked: Great Lakes coastal wetlands. These unique habitats are integrally tied to the health and diversity of the Great Lakes ecosystem.
Coastal wetlands provide important ecological functions and critical habitat for fish, birds and wildlife. Because of these features, coastal wetlands offer a variety of educational opportunities.
- Improve water quality in the Great Lakes by filtering nutrients and sediments
- Protect against erosion during periods of high water
- Provide habitat for many species of fish, birds and wildlife
- Offer recreational opportunities such as bird-watching and hiking
Wetlands Zone Model
For more information on wetlands: http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/explore/great-lakes-coastal-habitats/coastal-wetlands/