Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Wetlands Fact Sheet Series
Great Lakes Sand Dunes and Wetlands - Press Release

New Sea Grant Fact Sheets Showcase Diversity of Eastern Lake Ontario Region

Contact: Mary Penney, New York Sea Grant, 315-312-3042


Oswego, NY, April 15, 2011 – New York Sea Grant has published eight new Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Wetlands Fact Sheets.

New York Sea Grant Great Lakes Coastal Community Development Specialist Mary Penney authored the series. Penney says, “This series of Fact Sheets was developed to showcase the diversity of plants, animals and habitats found in New York’s Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes & Wetlands Area. We especially encourage both formal and informal teachers such as scout leaders, and coastal resource managers to share them with their students and resource visitors.”

The series, which can be downloaded online (click here), provides information and photos in pdf format on:

  • Arrangement & Development of Eastern Lake Ontario Wetlands

  • Beach Litter

  • Bog Buckmoth


  • Dune Building Plants

  • Hybrid Cattails

  • Muskrat

  • Sediment along the beaches and dunes of Eastern Lake Ontario

  • Yellow Perch

A sampling of facts from these new NY Sea Grant publications include:

  • Practice “Carry-in, Carry-out” to reduce beach litter.

  • Clay, silt, sand and pebbles are all forms of beach sediment.

  • Yellow perch have a lifespan of eight to nine years.

  • Wetlands are found on every continent but Antartica.

  • Muskrats are typically seen in cattail marshes.

  • Dune plants help maintain the fragile sand dunes of the Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes & Wetlands Area.

  • There are only 10 colonies of bug buckmoth in the world; six of these New York State endangered moth areas are in Oswego County, NY.

New York Sea Grant (NYSG) is part of a nationwide network of 32 university-based programs that work with coastal communities. The National Sea Grant College Program engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training, and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources.

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