What are wetlands, and how are they important for wildlife and water quality in the Bay region?

Wetlands are some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, and there are roughly 500,000 acres of wetlands in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Park Naturalist Greg Kearns of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and Naturalist and Environmental Coordinator Liana Vitali of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary describe the importance of wetlands for wildlife and people. Learn about wild rice, migrating birds and some of the threats faced by Jug Bay and other wetlands habitats.

Video Credits

Produced by
Will Parson
"A Moment of Jazz" by Ancelin
Additional footage:
Steve Droter; Google Earth
Special thanks to
Greg Kearns and Liana Vitali



Annabel Collins

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What are some reasons why the wetlands are important to the health of the Chesapeake Bay?

Brenda Karnes

Truly awesome project that resurrected a very critical habitat for countless Maryland species. Particularly gratifying to note the brilliant Greg Kearns, one of my favorite students from Surrattsville High School,recounting his amazing work!


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Zoytun Chowdhury

This is a little helpful, but it was very descriptive.

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