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Whip up a Wetland

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Wetlands include, among other waterlogged wonders, swamps, fens, marshes, muskeg, peatbogs, and potholes. Countless species, from mallards to mud puppies, mate, lay eggs, hatch, swim, hunt, and grow in these habitats. Wetlands act as filters by breaking down sewage and harmful contaminants, leaving clean soil and water behind. Common cat-tails and bulrushes absorb toxic metals such as mercury and lead. Wetlands soak up rain and snow like sponges and help to prevent erosion and flooding.

Creating a mini-wetland is surprisingly simple. It may be your key to attracting a host of wet and wild creatures.