Humbug Marsh - Detroit International Wildlife Refuge

5500 W Jefferson
MI 48183

Humbug Marsh - Detroit International Wildlife Refuge

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Located near the mouth of the Detroit River in the cities of Trenton and Gibraltar, the Great Lakes coastal wetland is a globally imperiled community type, Collin said.

The marsh serves as a vital habitat for 51 species of fish, 90 species of plants, 154 species of birds, seven species of reptiles and amphibians, and 37 species of dragonflies and damselflies, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

“It is a wetland that was threatened with development, saved by the citizens who care about it and ends up being recognized internationally as a wetland that’s substantial to global biodiversity for sustaining and improving human life" Tracy Collin, Great Lakes coastal wetland ecologist: Michigan DNRE


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Matrix Theatre - Inaugural "ghost waters" field trip

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On earth day weekend (april 22nd 2010), children from SW detroit went on the first of many eco-arts field trips as part of the ghost waters project of matrix theatre company - children visited the old growth forest, played and learned about the plants and animals they saw, made art in response to the environment, and learned about the struggle to reclaim and "daylight" a buried stream at this internationally recognized wildlife refuge.


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