Wetlands Ecosystem Study Unit
Investigate - How are wetland habitats an essential part of a community's ecosystem?
Vocabulary to Master:
Habitat, ecosystem, aquifer, watershed, wetland, estuary, marsh, bog, erosion, pond, filter, groundwater, adapt, vertebrate, invertebrate, ecologist, autotroph, heterotroph, niche, riparian buffer, population, hydrology, ecologic community, biodiversity. (Use Free Printable Flashcard Maker to create your own flashcards to use as a study aid)
What is a wetland? Complete a Frayer Model for Wetlands - doc. format | pdf. format
Relationships - Three broad categories are used to describe the relationship of wetlands to other surface waters:
* Lacustrine wetlands are associated with lakes.
* Riverine wetlands are found along shores of rivers and streams.
* Palustrine wetlands are not associated with lakes, rivers or streams.
Describe the kinds of organisms that live in each kind. Are they unique? Do they change through the cycle of seasons?
List several natural events that may impact a wetland habitat.
Explain why preserving wetlands is important for maintaining biodiversity.
How does having a wetland benefit the landowner and the community?
Select one: acid mine drainage, nonpoint source pollution (runoff), soil erosion or dredging/draining.
*How does it impact a wetland ecosystem?
Riparian Buffers - School Property Runoff Investigation - action activity
Identify a riparian buffer in your community. Assess its biodiversity and viability.
Analyze - Listen to A Bog's Goodbye - What do you think - Intervene? Let it go?
*Are there any bogs in your region or state?
*What is the status of the bog - Thriving? Declining?
Evaluate - Identify a location, at your school or community park, where a wetland habitat could be developed or should be protected and preserved.
If a stream runs through it, what should the landowner do?
Observation skills builders: Hole | Pool | Water (basic)
Complete Lentic or Lotic Ecosystems. (basic)
Show what you know - Identify 2 lentic and 2 lotic ecosystems in your region.
Map and inventory local wetlands (mid to advanced)
Wetland Ecology Dilemmas investigation
Wetlands: Habitat / Mammals / Birds / Macrovertebrates - Aquatic Insects / Plants & trees / Amphibians / Conclusions
Food Web Relationships / Wetland Ecology Vocabulary Exercise / Life Cycles / Mammal Morphology: compare - contrast
Bats are our Buddies / Amphibians Internet Activity / Wetland or Frog Song activity / Competition Conundrums
Just Ducky - crossword puzzle
/ Name that Duck practice / Eagles Evaluation / Wetland Poem Project
Citizen Science Projects - collect some data / Collecting data pdf. - doc. / Digital Science Journal
Wetlands Trees of Pennsylvania Puzzle / Monitor Wetland / Environmental/Energy Issue Video Project
Water & Watershed Studies / Environmental careers / Great Outdoors Celebration - pbl
Nature / Milkweed & Monarch Butterfly
Mania / Bluebirds
Project / Best
Treat of All / Fields, Fencerows &
Hunts / Plants
and People / School Habitat Garden Project / Puzzles & Projects / Pennsylvania Projects / Site map / Home
posted 12/2001 Cindy O'Hora, Updated 1/2009
Released to public domain in honor of watershed hero - Kelly Meinhart
Save a tree - How to make a Digital Answer Sheet: Highlight the text of the questions on this web page, copy them - Edit .. Copy. Open a text document or word processing document. Paste the questions into the blank document. Answer the questions in the word processing document in a contrasting color (NOT YELLOW) or font (avoid fancy fonts like: , Symbol, or ). Save frequently as you work. I do not like losing my work. You will not like it either. Submit your assignment via an electronic class dropbox or email attachment. Save a copy of your work on your computer.
Proof read your responses. It is funny how speling errors and typeos sneak in to the bets work. Make Your Own Printed answer sheet.
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