May is American Wetlands Month: Learn! Explore! Take Action!
May will mark the 21st anniversary of American Wetlands Month, a time
when EPA and its partners in federal, state, tribal, local, non-profit,
and private sector organizations celebrate the vital importance of
wetlands to the Nation's ecological, economic, and social health. It is
also a great opportunity to discover and teach others about the
important role that wetlands play in our environment and the significant
benefits they provide - improved water quality, increased water storage
and supply, reduced flood and storm surge risk, and critical habitat
for plants, fish, and wildlife.
EPA encourages all Americans to consider doing the following to help celebrate the month, wherever they reside:
- Learn about wetlands. This is a great time to
better understand what a wetland is, where wetlands can be found, and
the importance of wetlands. Activities may include reading and studying
about wetland areas, drawing maps or illustrations of wetlands, and
identifying native species found in wetlands. Information on wetlands
and the important benefits they provide is available on this website,
through EPA's wetlands fact sheets series, or by visiting the websites of our partners.
- Explore a wetland near you. Unless you live in the
most extreme climate zones, there is a good chance a scenic wetland
exists nearby for you to visit and explore during American Wetlands
Month and throughout the year. To find a wetland near you, consult your
local parks department, state natural resource agency, or the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. If you live in the Washington, DC area, a guide has been created to highlight wetlands and wildlife sanctuaries.
- Take action to protect and restore wetlands.
Support and promote wetlands informing community members about wetlands'
vital roles, "adopting" a wetland, joining a local watershed group, or
participating in a wetland monitoring, restoration, or cleanup project.
There are many other actions Americans can take to help conserve
wetlands. To learn more about what you can do to help protect and
restore these valuable natural resources in your state or local area,
visit What You Can Do to Protect and Restore Wetlands.