What are Wetlands?

In short, wetlands are what separates the dry land where we live from any body of water. They are beaches of sand we run across as we hope to dive into an ocean on a hot summer's day. They are the muddy terrain we walk across with our canoes as we head to the river for a nice ride. They are the marshes we travel across to get to a calm inlet after a long day of activities with our friends.

The wetlands are all these things, but a lot of time we just trample over them because there are better things to do on the water or on land. However, if we look closely at these areas we can see things that are truly amazing. Beautiful deer, small Indian pipe still hanging on, and ever so calm loons.

These plants and animals are not only a sight to see but they are also miraculous. Why, you might ask? Because they are able to survive through all the harsh conditions we have put them through. Not only have we been polluting their atmosphere, but we have also expanded so much into their homeland that they have had to create a new homeland in the smallest places.

Since the first colonization of the US, almost 1/3 of the wetlands in Massachusetts have been destroyed, just from our massive expansion. This is why it is so crucial we not only learn about these wondrous creatures, but we also help them out.

I built this trail to show everyone how important these lands truly are and don't let them go to waste. If you are truly moved by this trail, or if you are just a little intrigued, don't just sit around and do nothing, go out and show everyone that you remember these wondrous lands. It can be anything as simple as "use less resources" or it can be a whole big project. The choice is up to you. But before you do, I think you might need some background on how these lands work.

So without further ado, it is my great pleasure to start you on your journey to discover the beauty and fragilness of these wetlands by the Charles River.

Wetlands in early spring



Purple loosestrife

Sensitive ferns



Wetlands in winter

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