Wonderful wetlands of the United States
What are wetlands? -
America’s wetlands are the most diverse biomes in the nation, and some of the most diverse across the world.
Wetlands at risk -
Unfortunately, wetlands were poorly understood until relatively recently, and extensive damage has already been done to these essential ecosystems.
The Everglades -
By far the most famous wetlands in the United States, the Floridian Everglades are also one of the largest. I
Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge -
The Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge, which straddles the coastal border of Florida and Georgia, is one of the world's largest freshwater ecosystems.
The Great Dismal Swamp -
The swamp's name is a testament to the truly dismal ignorance of 18-century explorers regarding the beauty and benefits of wetlands.
Cumberland Island National Seashore - Cumberland Island lies off the eastern coast of Georgia and is famous for its untouched, undeveloped shorelines.
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge - One of Alaska's many protected areas is the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, a wildly popular breeding ground for all kinds of birds.
Biscayne National Park -
Biscayne is also home to a breathtaking 14-mile (22.5 km) coastline covered in mangrove trees.
Klamath Marsh -
Another popular stop for migrating birds following the Pacific Flyway is the Klamath Marsh, a federally designated wildlife refuge in the western state of Oregon.
Congaree National Park -
Congaree was named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1983 in honor of its concentration of old-growth trees and ancient hardwoods.
Atchafalaya Swamp -
Louisiana's Atchafalaya Swamp holds the title as America's largest river swamp, and stretches across 2,200 square miles of Louisiana's boot.
Caddo Lake -
Home to one of the most beautiful bald cypress forests in America, Caddo Lake is a shining gem of the South.