If wildlife are thriving, then it follows that their homes must be in good shape. Healthy coastal wetlands support many kinds of plants and animals. One way to track progress towards healthy wetlands is to look at wildlife that live there, especially those that can't survive anywhere else.
The Great Lakes Coastal Assembly is monitoring the condition of coastal wetlands around the Great Lakes using datasets tracking populations of wetland species. The first group is wetland breeding birds, or birds that must have wetland habitat for nesting and raising their young.