Michigan embracing American Wetlands Month

One of the many bird species you might find while exploring Michigan’s wetlands is the common yellowthroat. (Michigan DNR)

May is American Wetlands Month, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages residents to enjoy the state’s many wetland areas.

Michigan’s Wetland Wonders is made up of the seven premier managed waterfowl hunt areas in the state: 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) and Shiawassee River State Game Area (Saginaw County).

These areas, scattered across the southern Lower Peninsula, were created in the 1960s to provide exceptional waterfowl hunting opportunities, and still are managed today to provide waterfowl habitat for nesting and migration and for the benefit of other wetland wildlife.

There’s also Michigan’s Signature Wetlands – exceptional wetland habitats throughout the state, including: 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) and Munuscong State Wildlife Management Area (Chippewa County).

In addition to self-guided wetland exploration, 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. Visit mi.gov/wetlandwonders for a schedule of Wetlands Month programming. Find a list of nature programs available at DNR visitor centers throughout the state at michigan.gov/dnrvisitorcenters.

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