American Wetlands Month External Affairs



Essential Habitats


National Wetlands Inventory

Wetlands Month Stories

Featured stories highlighting the importance of wetlands and the role the Service plays in conserving them.

  Ramsar at 50Conservation on Wetlands. 50 years. Ramsar logo. Click to view stories. Celebrating 50 years of the Convention on Wetland
  The Watery World of Selawik NWRAerial view of Watery World of Selawik National Wildlife Refuge
  Glacial Rebound on TaashuyeeOpen prairie with clear blue sky.
  Restoring Pocosin Lakes NWRAerial view of the Pocosin Lake.

Mapping West Virginia’s WetlandsWetlands forest.

  Delaware Tracks State's Wetlands
  Species Highlight Employee holds a vole. Restoring wetlands for the Amargosa vole.

Celebrating American Wetlands Month!

May is American Wetlands Month, a time to celebrate one of nature’s most productive ecosystems! Wetlands enrich the environment and our lives by providing habitat for fish, wildlife and plants, recharging groundwater, mitigating natural disasters, providing clean drinking water, offering food and fiber and supporting cultural and recreational activities.

Unfortunately, wetlands face numerous challenges, such as climate change, sea level rise, and species declines, as well as drainage, fill and excavation. These factors drive the need for wetland conservation and restoration.

May is a time to give back to the environment and ourselves by learning more about wetlands. Ideas for celebrating American Wetlands Month include:

Organizing a walk, canoe-trip, bird-watch or other outdoor activity at a local refuge

Planning a wetland or stream clean-up day
Talking to family or friends about the benefits of wetlands
Starting or participating in a volunteer wetland monitoring group

Restoring a local wetland by planting native vegetation

Coordinating a wetlands event in honor of World Migratory Bird Day

Ideas on how to enjoy wetlands

Why Celebrate Wetlands?

Healthy wetlands are vital to local communities, economies and wildlife across the U.S. They recharge
groundwater, remove excess nutrients, toxins and sediment from water, mitigate against floods, provide
wildlife essential habitat and provide hunting, fishingand recreational opportunities. In addition, more
than half of all species listed under the Endangered Species Act, and 40% of all species, are reliant
on wetlands, as are millions of waterfowl and migratory birds. There are many types of wetlands,
including coastal wetlands, potholes and vernal pools, bogs, and swamps, and each provide
unique ecological functions.

5 Types of Wetlands and where to find them

Valle de Oro 2020 Photo Contest, 1st place.Photo by Yancey Ranspot/USFWS
Valle de Oro 2020 Photo Contest, 1st place. Credit: Yancey Ranspot/USFWS