February 28, 2017
American Wetlands Month was created in 1991 to “celebrate the vital importance of wetlands to the Nation’s ecological, economic, and social health and to educate people about the value of wetlands as a natural resource.” (US EPA). To many people wetlands may seem like a waste land, good for nothing but breeding mosquitos. To biologists and ecologists, however, they are so much more. Wetlands are places full of fascinating plants and animal species as well as a vital part of an ecosystem. They purify water and act as natural flood control systems. They act as a nursery area for many species of birds, amphibians and fish. They provide a resting area for thousands of migrating birds and a hunting ground for many wildlife species. Wetlands are also becoming increasingly valuable as recreation areas for people. Visit the Utica Zoo on Sunday May 7th at 11:00 AM and celebrate wetlands month with us.