Winter Ways of the Bay
Thousand attend World Wetlands Day
World Wetlands Day Event at Gibraltar's Carlson High School
GIBRALTAR, MICHIGAN – The 5th Annual celebration of World Wetlands Day will take place on Friday, January 31st at Oscar A. Carlson High School in Gibraltar, Michigan, from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. An anticipated 1,500 students from around Wayne County will participate in next week’s event, featuring a number of interactive activities, presentations and demonstrations, as well as a Wetlands Exposition slated to showcase over 20 displays dedicated to wetland conservation. The celebration will be open for public visitation beginning at 12:30PM.
Great Lakes Only Region In U.S. To Gain Wetlands, Report Finds
This photo taken Dec. 17, 2013, near Monroe, Mich., shows a parcel of land called the Dusseau tract that was converted from cropland to 38 acres of coastal wetlands and 28 acres of lakeplain wet prairie by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Ducks Unlimited. (AP Photo/John Flesher) | ASSOCIATED PRESS
MONROE, MICHIGAN (AP) — Honking geese soar overhead in a V formation, buffeted by bitter gusts off nearby Lake Erie, while flocks of mallards bob along the shore. Even blanketed in snow, the sprawling wetland in southeastern Michigan is a magnet for water birds — one reason a public-private project is underway to improve it.
Conservation Efforts Good for Regional Economies
- Generates $2.4 billion in annual sales and economic output;
- Welcomes 46.5 million visitors annually;
- Returns on average $4.87 to a local economy for every $1 spent by government to run the system;
- Creates 35,000 jobs annually;
- Produces $792.7 million in job income for local communities;
- Generates $342.9 million in local, county, state and federal tax revenue; and
- Brings tourists from around the nation and world.
This is particularly good news for our combined bioregion that our shared world-class natural resources return substantial economic benefits from exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities.
SAVE THE DATE
The International Wildlife Refuge Alliance announces the 9th Annual Benefit Dinner
in support of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
Sunday - May 18, 2014
Silver Shores of Wyandotte Banquet Center
4 - 8 pm
Silent & Live Auctions
Friends of the Refuge Awards
Evidence of beaver activity at the airport wetland adjacent to Gibraltar Bay.
Photo by Julie Kiczenski.
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Winter Ways of the Bay
Daylights Savings begins
May18IWRA Annual Benefit Dinner
at the Wyandotte Banquet Center.