Wetlands

Wetlands

- diverse ecosystems that provide ecological benefits by supporting commercial fisheries, controlling floods, filtering wastes from water, and serving as recreation areas. They also provide habitat for many plant and animal species, including one-third of the nation's endangered species.



Wetland Destruction

  • Less than half of the original wetlands remain.
  • Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, and Ohio have lost more than 50% of their wetlands.
  • Many industries destroy wetlands.
  • 4.4 Million acres of inland freshwater and 71,000 acres of coastal freshwater has been destroyed.

What YOU can do to protect the Wetlands.

  • Encourage states to pass ordinances to limit activity in the wetlands.
  • Help the wetlands by supporting wetland conservation initiatives.
  • Find wetlands near your home, and learn more about them.
  • Encourage neighbors, developers, and state and local governments to protect wetlands in your watershed.
  • Purchase federal duck stamps to support wetlands in your area.

Wetland Turtles

  • Turtle shells are mad of two parts. The carapace and the plastron.
  • They have clawed toes for crawling and digging.
  • Webbed toes for swimming.
  • No teeth. Food is torn by their jaws.
  • They have good sight and smell but poor hearing.
  • Certain turtles can live up to 100 years.
  • Have special muscles to breathe, because their diaphragm does not expand.

Alligator Snapping Turtle.

Alligator Snapping Turtle Dirty Jobs

Red-Ear Slider

Red-Ear Slider Turtle

Painted Turtle

The Painted Turtle

Work Cited


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