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 There are both freshwater and saltwater wetlands.
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?
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
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!
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.
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.
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
Authors • Chris Yakymyshyn • Enjoys drawing, especially animals. • Rhys Chambers • Owner of 3 amphibians, I really like frogs!