In addition to the recreational benefits that we all enjoy, wetlands work to filter out pollutants, help control flooding and support the multi-billion dollar fishing industry. Marsh boardwalk, Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina, USActivities people enjoy may vary, but most people love being near the water. Wetlands, such as marshes, ponds, flood plains and bogs, have often been viewed as wastelands and are too often drained for agricultural use and development. Wetlands are also stressed by invasive species and pollutants. For all these reasons and many more, they need our help and support.
Peeps and sea oats, Hunting Island State Park, SC, US.
And of course, you don’t have to live in America to participate. Wetlands are vital to all of us all over the world. Visit a wetland near you and do what you can to support conservation of wetlands.
Wood stork or Wood Ibis, Hunting Island State Park, SC. "On 10-17-01, I counted 23 wood storks roosting in live oak, palmettos and pine at the edge of an inland pond. " Travel sketchbook, 2001, Vickie Henderson.