Habitats in the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary
The Blaine Wetland Sanctuary habitats include rich fen, poor fen, wet meadow, and mesic forest.
Fen is a wetland that has peat soil fed primarily by groundwater. Fens are characterized by their vegetation, which survives in the unique chemical makeup of the water.
Poor Fens are fed by water with very low nutrient content and tend to have a lot of sphagnum moss.
Rich Fens are fed by water that is high in minerals and nutrients and sphagnum moss is present but not abundant.
Wet Meadows are wetlands dominated by grasses and sedges.
Mesic Forests are structured forest ecosystems with a canopy of trees, subcanopy of immature trees, shrubs, and a layer of ground vegetation.