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Do you know what a wetland is? Do you know why they are important? If you said no, then you are in the right place. Our Wetland Ecology activities will help you learn about the role that wetlands play in providing habitat for animals and protecting the environment. Check out the resources below to help you identify some of the animals that call the wetlands of the Summit Bechtel Reserve home.
Wetlands are important because they provide habitat to many different creatures. Certain species of mammals, bird, amphibians, reptiles, fish and insects use wetlands for all or part of their habitat requirements. They also provide many ecosystem services to humans as well. Can you think of a few ways that wetlands help humans and the environment?
Merit badge correlations:
Fish and Wildlife Management
Reptile and Amphibian Management
WVOLL Wetland Mitigation Sign (pdf)
WVOLL Wetland Stewardship Sign (pdf)
Map of Walter Scott Scouting Valley at SBR (pdf)
Nature’s Notebook (external link)
Toads and Frogs of West Virginia – West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (pdf)
Wetland Species Pictures
(Photo credit: Dick Daniels via Wikimedia Commons)
(Photo credit: JJ Cadiz, Cajay via Wikimedia Commons)
(Photo credit: M.L Haen via Wikimedia Commons)
Great Blue Heron.
(Photo Credit: Michael L. Baird via Wikimedia Commons)
(Photo Credit: Teddy Llovet via Wikimedia Commons)
(Photo credit: Dcoetzee via Wikimedia Commons)
(Photo credit: Fungus Guy via Wikimedia Commons)
(Photo credit: MONGO via Wikimedia Commons)
Northern Green Frog.
(Photo credit: Katja Schulz via Wikimedia Commons)
(Photo credit: Sam Hopewell via Wikimedia Commons)
(Photo credit: Perlick Laura via Wikimedia Commons)
(Photo credit Gary Eslinger/USFWS via Wikimedia Commons)
Northern Leopard Frog.
(Photo credit Douglas Wilhelm Harder via Wikimedia Commons)
(Photo credit Zachary Cava via Wikimedia Commons)
(Photo credit Timdwilliamson via Wikimedia Commons)