Small wetlands situated in cropland are the most vulnerable to drainage, yet temporary and seasonal basins like the one shown here are also the key to waterfowl production and the focus of the Small Wetland Acquisition Program. These wetlands are the first to thaw following winter and they provide foraging opportunities for early migrants such as mallards and pintails when larger wetlands, like the one in the background, are still covered with ice. Credit: Rick Bohn

Small Wetlands Program Balances Wetland Conservation with Societal Needs