Arizona is a land of extremes. It is the scarcity of water in one of the driest states in the country that makes the limited amount of wetland habitat so important to waterfowl and other migratory birds. During the spring and fall, Arizona's wetlands serve as rest stops for thousands of ducks and geese.
The wetlands of Arizona face many threats, foremost among them declining water quality and quantity. Although Arizona's industrial and agricultural demands for water are increasing, the rapid human population growth and concurrent domestic water demands is the most pervasive threat to wetlands and their water supplies.