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Wetland Ecosystems. Grade 5 Science. What is a Wetland?. A wetland is an area with both dry land and land that is covered in water for at least a portion of the year. Wetlands - Take Another Look. http://www.cws-scf.ec.gc.ca/hww-fap/. Fen Bog Marsh. Pond Slough Swamp. Types of Wetlands.

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Wetland Ecosystems

Grade 5 Science


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What is a Wetland?

  • A wetland is an area with both dry land and land that is covered in water for at least a portion of the year.


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Wetlands - Take Another Look

http://www.cws-scf.ec.gc.ca/hww-fap/


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Fen

Bog

Marsh

Pond

Slough

Swamp

Types of Wetlands

There are both freshwater and saltwater wetlands.


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In the water

Insects

Damselfly Larva

Water Boatman

Plants

Water Lilly

Duckweed

Animals

Tadpole

Beaver

On the land

Insects

Dragonfly

Mosquito

Plants

Willow

Grass

Animals

Moose

Red-winged Blackbird

Ponds – What Will You Find?


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A Creature From a Pond

This is a drawing of a dragonfly. Dragonfly larvae live in the pond. Adult dragonflies fly over the pond and eat other insects like mosquitoes. Dragonflies are our friends.

By Chris Yakymyshyn


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Comparing a Frog and a Duck


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Why are Wetlands Important?

  • Wetlands are important for migratory birds.

  • Wetlands help control floods.

  • Wetlands filter the water for rivers and lakes.

  • Wetlands are home to many different species of plants, animals and insects.

  • Wetlands are beautiful!


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Are Wetlands in Danger?

  • Wetlands are disappearing! Humans have destroyed millions of hectares on the Canadian prairies alone.

  • Many species are in danger because their habitat is vanishing.

  • Air and water pollution are serious threats to wetland ecosystems.


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What Can We Do to Help?

  • Educate people – help them care about wetlands as important and beautiful spaces.

  • Give time or money to conservation groups fighting to save wetlands.

  • Write to your government – ask them to preserve our wetlands.


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Wetland Websites

Canadian Wildlife Service - Hinterland Who’s Who

http://www.cws-scf.ec.gc.ca/hww-fap/wetlands/wetlands.html

Gander Academy: Ecosystems – Wetlands

http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/CITE/ecowetlands.htm

Encarta Online

http://encarta.msn.com/find/concise.asp?ti=761579617&sid=1#s1

Canada’s Aquatic Environments

http://www.aquatic.uoguelph.ca/index.asp


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Authors

  • Chris Yakymyshyn

    • Enjoys drawing, especially animals.

  • Rhys Chambers

    • Owner of 3 amphibians, I really like frogs!


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