Crosswinds Marsh Wetlands Interpretive Preserve

Westland, Michigan

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Since the state began addressing the problem of lost wetlands several decades ago, Michigan has gone from a state losing 0.5 million acres of wetland every year to one that is seeing an annual net gain. Birds love wetlands, so it stands to reason that birders would also love wetlands. Hikers, hoping for dry feet, often do not. The extensive boardwalk trails at Crosswinds Marsh solve the problem of wet feet and give everyone a chance to see great blue herons, cranes, swans, and all sorts of waterfowl.
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by Matt Forster (Falcon Guides)

Since the state began addressing the problem of lost wetlands several decades ago, Michigan has gone from a state losing 0.5 million acres of wetland every year to one that is seeing an annual net gain.

Birds love wetlands, so it stands to reason that birders would also love wetlands. Hikers, hoping for dry feet, often do not. The extensive boardwalk trails at Crosswinds Marsh solve the problem of wet feet and give everyone a chance to see great blue herons, cranes, swans, and all sorts of waterfowl.

© 2013 Matt Forster/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Westland
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Wayne County Parks, 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland, MI 48185; (734) 261-1990; www.waynecounty.com/dps/dps_parks_resources_sumpter.htm
Local Maps: TOPO! CD: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, disc 4; map posted near the trailhead
Driving Directions: Directions to Crosswinds Marsh Wetlands Interpretive Preserve

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