Wetlands

A wetland is an area of land where water collects and where the water influences the types of plants we find. There are many different types of wetlands including shallow ponds, marshes, swamps, bogs, and fens.

Questions about wetlands

Is a puddle a wetland?

No, a wetland needs to be wet for long enough to support the growth of aquatic plants.

Why are wetlands important?

Wetlands filter water, removing harmful pollutants such as fertilizers, dog waste, salt, garbage, dirt etc. Wetlands are very rich ecosystems providing homes for many animals.

What is an aquatic plant?

Aquatic means something that lives in the water. An aquatic plant is a plant that lives in the water.

What is an aquatic invertebrate?

We now know that aquatic means something that lives in the water. Invertebrates are living things that do not have a backbone. This includes creatures like snails, slugs, insects, worms, spiders, and many more! Have you ever seen an aquatic invertebrate?

Animals living in wetlands

Wetlands are also home to many different species of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and fish. Some animals that can be found in our wetlands are:

  • Pelicans
  • Ducks
  • Moose
  • Beavers
  • Muskrats
  • Garter snakes
  • Frogs

Wetlands activities

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