What is a Wetland?
are all the Wetlands?
for the Future
These rich, usually
soggy places provide critical habitat for numerous species, help clean
our water, control floods, and provide plenty of food for humans.
Like many environments, wetlands have long been misunderstood.
the first frogs of the spring. Scanning tall grasses for a sandhill
crane's nest. Dipping a canoe paddle into chocolate-colored water.
Swatting mosquitoes. Pulling cattails to collect their roots for
a salad. Eating cranberries, crab cakes, shrimp, and wild rice.
Drinking fresh water. Watching sea turtles float in the ocean. All
of these activities depend on wetlands.
wild, wet, mucky, stinky, and absolutely fabulous places to visit.
Come along for a tour!
is a Wetland?
would think the answer to "What is a Wetland?" would be
easy. NO SUCH LUCK! There are all kinds of official definitions
for wetlands and also many different kinds of Wetlands! In this
section you will learn how to identify a
wetland, how scientists mark wetlands,
the different types of wetlands, common
names for wetlands, and the plants
and animals that inhabit wetlands. Do you have a Wetland near
you? Find out how you can tell if that wet area near you is a wetland!
out more about the types of wetlands we have here in the Pacific
Are all the Wetlands?
you know that we have lost over half of our original wetlands? From
an estimate of 220 million acres in the United States to less than
110 million acres! Find out what has happened to our wetlands and
what the consequences are when we lose these valuable habitats.
out how people's attitudes towards wetlands have changed over time.
Also learn about how some Native American traditions are tied to
for the Future
Find out what is being done to protect wetlands and how
you can help! There are many people that are working to help
save our wetlands. Do you have an area near you that needs
some help? Find out how you can get involved!
plans and ideas developed by Idaho teachers for Idaho Fish
& Game Project Wild!
If you have ever taken a Project Wild class - you will love
these additional resources!
If you have never taken a Project Wild class - this is a
great intro to this excellent resource!