Meetup-Metro Detroit Outdoors & Hiking: Humbug Marsh Tour - Sat., 4/24, 10am

From: Joanne7925
Sent on: Monday, April 19, 2010 2:07 PM
Hi, outdoor lovers -

The next MDOH activity is Saturday.  It is a tour of Humbug Marsh - slow 
walking for about 2 1/2 - 3 hours, level though possibly wet terrain.  We 
may have a docent, though our leader, Phil, is  knowledgeable about the 
marsh.

For complete details: 
http://www.meetup...­

The text below is from the International Wildlife Refuge, of which Humbug is 
a part, website:  http://www.fws.go...­

"The Humbug Complex is made up of Humbug Island, Humbug Marsh, and adjacent 
undeveloped upland habitats. It includes 465 acres of unique fish and 
wildlife habitats in Gibraltar, Michigan. Humbug Marsh represents the last 
mile of natural shoreline on the U.S. mainland of the Detroit River. Over 
97% of such coastal wetlands in the river have been destroyed by shoreline 
development and nearly all of such coastal wetlands in western Lake Erie 
have disappeared during the past 50 years. Because they are home to such a 
high diversity of fish and wildlife, such marshes have been identified by 
The Nature Conservancy as globally unique and globally significant in 
biological diversity - nothing like this marsh exist anywhere outside the 
Great Lakes."

The marsh is open to the public on a very limited schedule, so this is a 
fine opportunity for those interested in knowing more about what 
pre-colonial Detroit River looked like.

The attachment is a copy of yesterday's Free Press article (page 8C) about 
John Hertel, refuge manager, who has just been named one of Michigan's 
"Green Leaders."  It describes briefly Hertel's efforts and the importance 
of the creation of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (the only 
international wildlife refuge in the US, I believe).

I hope to see you at the meeting spot in Dearborn:  10am, behind the 
Dearborn Centennial Library (on the south side of Michigan between 
Greenfield and Southfield).  Look for our leader in the south west corner of 
the lot.  (There is very limited parking at the Marsh.)

Regards, Joanne

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