United States designates its 37th Ramsar Site

United States designates its 37th Ramsar Site

27 April 2015
United States of America

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Photo credit: Door County Visitor Bureau

The government of the United States of America has completed the designation process for Door Peninsula Coastal Wetlands (4,630 ha; 45o13’20”N 86o59’44”W) in Wisconsin as its 37th Ramsar Site (No. 2218). The Site, which occupies a major section of the eastern Lake Michigan shoreline of northern Door County, comprises diverse examples of regionally and globally significant wetland communities, including interdunal wetlands and northern wet-mesic forest. It supports numerous species of fauna and flora including the rare dwarf lake iris (Iris lacustris). Collectively, the Door Peninsula Coastal Wetlands Ramsar site along with adjacent wetland habitat provide critical breeding and migratory habitat for a high diversity and abundance of characteristic as well as uncommon species of birds, fish, mammals, amphibians, and invertebrates. For more information about this site, visit the Ramsar Sites Information Service: https://rsis.ramsar.org