They can be found in all 50 states and go by many names – wetlands, marshes, bogs, estuaries, swamps, mangroves, lagoons and even mudflats and mires. Regardless of the type, where they are found, or what they are called, healthy wetlands are of vital importance to local communities, individuals and wildlife.
You can help support conservation of American wetlands by learning more about their value and celebrating our connections to them.
Other ways to get involved:
Celebrate American Wetlands Month with us! Each May, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service celebrates American Wetlands Month through stories highlighting the importance of wetlands and the work we do to conserve them.
Buy a Duck Stamp! Federal Duck Stamps are a vital tool for wetland conservation. Since 1934, sales of Duck Stamps to hunters, bird watchers, outdoor enthusiasts and collectors have raised more than $1 billion to conserve more than six million acres of habitat for birds and other wildlife.
Visit the National Wetlands Inventory Wetlands Mapper to learn more about the abundance, characteristics and distribution of wetlands in the United States.
More than 160 partners have contributed wetlands data or cooperated in the creation of wetlands data for the national wetlands geospatial data layer, including federal and state agencies, local governments, tribes, universities, and non-governmental organizations.
The National Wetlands Inventory actively partners with government agencies and other organizations interested in pursuing wetland and deepwater habitat mapping and analysis and can provide guidance and support throughout the life cycle of a wetland project(s).