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The Cranberry wetland management unit at the refuge.
Credit: Ken Sturm/USFWS

Vermont wetlands receive international recognition

The Missisquoi Delta and Bay Wetlands have been designated a “Wetland of International Importance” under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The designation is the first in Vermont, encompasses 7,665 acres, and includes the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge and three state wildlife management areas. The site supports over 200 species of birds, is a breeding area for numerous species of waterfowl and migratory birds and is the only known breeding site for black terns in Vermont. The area is also essential for numerous fish species that use the site as feeding, spawning and nursery grounds. The Ramsar Convention is a 40-year-old intergovernmental treaty, signed on by over 160 countries, to promote voluntary international cooperation for wetland and waterfowl conservation.

Learn more
Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge website
Learn more about the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

Published on: Wednesday, April 09,2014

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