|The Refuge's new LEED-certified Visitor Center is|
being built adjacent to Michigan's only Ramsar
Wetland of International Importance - Humbug Marsh.
Photo credit : Jerry Jourdan
There is no scientific doubt that this Refuge would truly be unique in its own right, because of its plethora and diversity of fish and wildlife, if it were not situated in the industrial heartland and a nearly seven-million person urban area. But it is, and just like a rose that grows surrounded by concrete and steel is more remarkable than one that grows in a horticulturist’s garden, the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is more remarkable because it is being built in the industrial heartland and within a major urban area.
|Refuge celebrates completion of environmental education|
shelter in Humbug Marsh. Photo credit: D. Mitchell
|Over 200 Detroit High School Students participate|
in Sturgeon Day on the Detroit RiverWalk
Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
What lessons can you share from other successful urban conservation programs and what needs to be done to share these lessons within our growing urban wildlife conservation family?
[Editor's Note: See the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Urban Wildlife Conservation program site]