Wildlife Refuge

Today is Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer. Like I said last week, we live in a very small community right off Lake Erie. Right out our front door we have a wooded International Wildlife Refuge. It is a beautiful site to enjoy when you walk out the door.

There are just a ton of deer in this area. This picture is a very typical site in our every day life.

Today at ABC Wednesday the letter for the day is.....

And my E for the day is....Ecosystem

This protected area is called Humbug Marsh. This area has officially become the first Michigan Wetland of international Importance.

To get a full understanding of this awesome area out my front door, check out this article. to hit on a few key points, these are some quotes from this article.

**The marsh serves as a vital habitat for 51 species of fish, 90 species of plants, 154 species of birds, 7 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 37 species of dragonflies and damselflies

**The Detroit River IWR covers 48 miles of shoreline along the Detroit River and western Lake Erie (www.fws.gov/midwest/detroitriver/). The refuge focuses on conserving, protecting, and restoring habitat for 30 species of waterfowl, 117 kinds of fish, and 300 species of birds. The Detroit River IWR is the first international refuge in North America. Unique habitats being managed in the refuge include islands, coastal wetlands, marshes, shoals, and riverfront lands.

Another article about this area is here.

**more than 17 species of raptors, including eagles, hawks, and falcons; for the more than 48 species of non-raptors, including loons, warblers, neotropical songbirds, crane, and cattle egrets; and for numerous species of dragonflies and butterflies that swim or fly from Canada to the southern United States and South America each year

**The Detroit River has been identified as “significant, international, waterfowl habitat of major concern” in the North American Waterfowl Management Plan; it was nominated as a focus area for habitat restoration by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and as a Biodiversity Rehabilitation Area by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and, it was recognized as a critical staging area for migratory ducks using the Great Lakes flyway by the international Migratory Bird Conservation Commission. These natural resource values were recognized in 1998, when President Clinton designated the Detroit River as one of first American Heritage Rivers.

I hope you enjoyed a look into my neck of the woods!

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  1. Sounds like a lovely place to visit - would be great for a photographer!

  2. What a wonderful ecosystem. It would be amazing to have that right outside my door. Lucky you.

  3. Great post. You know you could link this to Alphabe-Thursday also. Our letter tomorrow is E.

  4. You are fortunate to live in such a beautifully 'ecosystem' rich area - thank you for visiting and commenting on my "E" post!

  5. You are a lucky one to live in such a fantastic ecosystem, rich in wildlife! Thanks for your visit!

  6. Fascinating post. I love hearing about the different areas where our blog friends live-it sounds lovely!
    xoxo Pattie

  7. Thank you about this E information. I live along Detroit River and I consider myself lucky to see and enjoy the wonderful river.

  8. A great E post.

    On behalf of the ABC team, thanks for participating.

  9. 'Humbug Marsh'. :) Such a cute name! Sounds like a great place to visit.

  10. I love seeing deer..Happy Outdoor Wednesday

  11. People under-ESTIMATE the damage they can do to the ECOSYSTEM. Thanks for the reminder. - Ramblin' with Roger


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