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Explore Michigan wetlands during American Wetlands Month

One of the many bird species you might find while exploring Michigan's wetlands is the common yellowthroat.
One of the many bird species you might find while exploring Michigan's wetlands is the common yellowthroat.

Michigan offers wetlands that residents can visit to celebrate American Wetlands Month this May.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the month is dedicated to appreciating and enjoying the wetlands in the state.

Wetlands can be enjoyed by hiking, birding, kayaking or fishing.

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There are seven Wetland Wonders in the state. These areas were created in the 1960s to provide waterfowl hunting opportunities.

The Michigan Wetland Wonders:

  • Fennville Farm Unit at the Allegan State Game Area (Allegan County)
  • Fish Point State Wildlife Area (Tuscola County)
  • St. Clair Flats State Wildlife Area on Harsens Island (St. Clair County)
  • Muskegon County Wastewater Facility (Muskegon County)
  • Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area (Bay County)
  • Pointe Mouillee State Game Area (Monroe and Wayne counties)
  • Shiawassee River State Game Area (Saginaw County)

The wetlands are still managed today, and provide waterfowl a habitat for nesting and migration while benefiting other wildlife.

The state also has Signature Wetlands:

  • Maple River State Game Area (Gratiot and Clinton counties)
  • Crow Island State Game Area (Bay and Saginaw counties)
  • Houghton Lake Flats State Wildlife Management Area (Roscommon County)
  • Manistee River State Game Area (Manistee County)
  • Sturgeon River Sloughs State Wildlife Management Area (Houghton and Baraga counties)
  • Portage Marsh State Wildlife Management Area (Delta County)
  • Munuscong State Wildlife Management Area (Chippewa County)

Also, the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center at Waterloo State Recreation Area in Chelsea and the Saginaw Bay Visitor Center at Bay City State Park offer programs in May to celebrate wetlands.

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