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Biodiversity in protected coastal wetlands along the west coast of Lake Huron

Authors: Thomas M. Burton1,∗ and Donald G. Uzarski2; ∗Corresponding author: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Author Affiliation: 1Departments of Zoology and Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824, USA
2Department of Biology, Brooks 156, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48859 USA

Journal: Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management, 12:1,63-76, DOI: 10.1080/14634980802715266 (2009)

Abstract: Lake Huron protected (barrier-protected) wetlands occur within 1 km of the lake, in swales, interdunal ponds, and other shallow depressions. These wetlands are not directly connected via surface water to Lake Huron, although their hydrology is influenced by lake levels. Biodiversity in them has not been well documented. We compiled plant and animal species occurrence data from published and unpublished sources for the U.S. coast of Lake Huron. Many data sources were reports written by the authors and/or by scientists of the Michigan Natural Features Inventory. Species occurrence data were supplemented with data from published wetlands literature and dissertations and theses.We did not do a thorough compilation for Canadian wetlands and only added limited Canadian data from the “Ontario Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Atlas”.