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With the constantly shifting water levels and conditions a wide variety of birds, plants and animals can take advantage of the habitat. Because of this diversity and the presence of rich soils, wetlands provide shelter and homes to not just larger mammals and birds, but also insects, invertebrates, bacteria, algae and decaying plants. Combined, these smaller organisms create a solid foundation for a rich food chain.

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Great Lakes marshes are valuable wetland habitats, full of nutrients that help support diverse plant and animal life. They also provide ecological services such as water filtration and flood protection along the coast. However, many marsh habitats are threatened by pollution, development and non-native aquatic invasive species, like Phragmites.

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A guide to understanding Michigan's watersheds, why they are important and how they function. This map, showcasing the Great Lakes Basin, demonstrates just how large the lakes and their drainages are.
Perfect for the classroom! The updated Michigan Watersheds Map is a fantastic way to illustrate a personal connection to the waters of the Great Lakes. This poster unpacks the history and science behind Lake Erie's now-annual algal bloom. Learn why Lake Erie experiences so many harmful algal blooms and how scientists are using innovative tools to understand and hopefully prevent these blooms in the future. Complete with a timeline of milestones in the fight against blooms in Lake Erie, this 39" x 27" poster is a useful guide for offices or high school and college classrooms.