Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wetlands Study

We seem to be spending a lot of time lately learning about wetlands and groundwater, and how important they are to our environment. Today we headed over to a local conservation area for an educational program sponsored by Ducks Unlimited. We learned what wetlands are, and why they are important as regulators of water levels, habitat for wildlife, and purifiers of air and water. We played a game to demonstrate how the destruction of ponds effects the migration of birds, dipped our hands in a pond, used all of our senses to experience the woods, and went on a trek through the swamp. The kids listened to bird calls, spotted tree frogs, and even a blue salamander.

Here are some links that may be interesting:

Ducks Unlimited has a great deal of information about wetlands
The Producers, Consumers, Decomposers Game is a fun on-line game for kids that talks about food chains.
The Herbivore, Carnivore, Omnivore Game
Frogwatch Ontario

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