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Posted on: May 9, 2019

May is American Wetlands Month

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Since 1991, our nation has recognized American Wetlands Month as a time to celebrate the vital importance of wetlands to ecological, economic, and social health. Wetlands help improve water quality and supply, reduce flooding, and provide critical habitat. There are eight types of wetlands. Some wetlands are dry for much of the year and others are covered by several feet of water. It is estimated that Minnesota has lost about 50 percent of its original wetland acreage. The city has committed to restoring a 500 acre parcel known as the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary.

The National Mitigation and Ecosystem Banking Conference will be taking a tour of the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary on Tuesday, May 7. Conference visitors will learn more about the work to restore this area from an invasive dominated, fire suppressed condition, to diverse native dominated herbaceous community including over a dozen rare and protected plants species unique to the Anoka Sandplain.

Several local school field trips will be doing hands on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning at the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary.

Things You Can Do

  • Register for a class or two held at the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary.


Insect Hunt, all ages

Join a naturalist from Wargo Nature Center on an insect hunt at the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary. They will help you with sweep nets to catch and identify insects.

Thursday, June 20, 6-8PM
$5/person, Activity #7300
$10/family, Activity #7301


Reptiles and Amphibians, all ages

Learn which reptiles and amphibians live in Blaine. Participants will get a chance to catch and hold some of the cool critters!

Thursday, July 18, 6-8PM
$5/person, Activity #7172
$10/family, Activity #7173


  • Attend the resilient yard workshop sponsored by Rice Creek Watershed District and Blue Thumb.
  • Visit the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary and look for birds, wildlife, and pollinators.
  • Visit the wetland display at Blaine City Hall.
  • Educate a friend or family member about wetlands and why they matter.
  • Find out if there is an opportunity to volunteer to help restore a wetland.
  • See if your children’s schools can take a field trip to a local wetland or if someone can come to the school and talk about wetlands.
  • Get an open space passport from the city website or city hall.

Do not drain, fill, or excavate any low areas on your property without finding out if the area is wetland. For more information, visit BlaineMN.gov/WetlandSanctuary

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