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Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum
Wetland Ecosystems

Authors:

  • Josh Shields
    Forest Resources & Environmental Science
    Michigan Tech
  • Amber Buhl
    Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Michigan Tech

Advisors:

  • Dr. David Flaspohler
    Department of Biological Sciences
    Michigan Tech
  • Pam Schmidt
    Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science
    Mathematics and Environmental Education
  • Dr. Kathy Winnett-Murray
    Biology Department
    Hope College
  • Helen Stenvig
    L’Anse Middle School
  • Rebecca Stroube
    L’Anse Middle School

Production:

Tech Alive

  • Animation and Web Design:
    Dr. Susan E. Hill
    Peter Radecki
    Michigan Tech
  • Production Management:
    Dr. Martin T. Auer
    Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Michigan Tech

This web page was developed under a grant awarded to the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Ms. Shawn Oppliger, Center Director and Project Coordinator
Ms. Joan Chadde, Center Education Program Coordinator and Project Coordinator
Mr. Thomas M. Occhipinti, MDEQ Environmental Education Coordinator and Grant Administrator

Media Credits

Title Page: What Is A Wetland?

  • Dragonfly animation: © 2004 State of Michigan.

Are All Wetlands The Same?

  • Bog photo: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Fen photo: Van Buren County Community Center. Used with permission.
  • Marsh photo: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, George Gentry.
  • Swamp photo: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, S. Bournique.

What Is A Bog?

  • Bog photo: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

What Are The Common Plants, Animals, And Insects In A Bog?

  • Sphagnum Moss photo: Steve Canipe, Pics4Learning.
  • Labrador Tea photo: Dave Powell, USDA Forest Service, www.forestryimages.org.
  • Moose photo: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Eastern Newt photo: Dave Flaspohler, Michigan Technological University.
  • Dragonfly photo: Edward L. Manigault, Clemson University Donated Collection, www.forestryimages.org.
  • Mosquito photo: Jim Occi, BugPics, www.forestryimages.org.

What Is A Fen?

  • Fen photo: Van Buren County Community Center. Used with permission.

What Are The Common Plants, Animals, And Insects In A Fen?

  • Grass photo: Dave Powell, USDA Forest Service, www.forestryimages.org.
  • Sedge photo: Dave Powell, USDA Forest Service, www.forestryimages.org.
  • Rush photo: Richard Carter, Valdosta State University, www.forestryimages.org.
  • Spring Peeper photo: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Green Snake photo: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Luther C. Goldman.
  • Dragonfly photo: Edward L. Manigault, Clemson University Donated Collection, www.forestryimages.org.
  • Mosquito photo: Jim Occi, BugPics, www.forestryimages.org.
  • Monarch Butterfly photo: Jerry A. Payne, USDA ARS, www.forestryimages.org.

What Is A Marsh?

  • U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, George Gentry.

What Are The Common Plants, Animals, And Insects In A Marsh?

  • Cattail photo: Dave Powell, USDA Forest Service, www.forestryimages.org.
  • Reed photo: James R. Allison, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, www.forestryimages.org.
  • Red-Winged Blackbird photo: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kent Olsen.
  • Great Blue Heron photo: Kenneth M. Gale, www.forestryimages.org.
  • Sandhill Crane photo: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Muskrat photo: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, R. Town.
  • Green Frog photo: David Flaspohler, Michigan Technological University.
  • Painted Turtle photo: Kenneth M. Gale, www.forestryimages.org.
  • Wood Tick photo: Matt Pound, USDA ARS, www.forestryimages.org.
  • Dragonfly photo: Edward L. Manigault, Clemson University Donated Collection, www.forestryimages.org.
  • Mosquito photo: Jim Occi, BugPics, www.forestryimages.org.

What Is A Swamp?

  • Swamp photo: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, S. Bournique.

What Are The Common Plants, Animals, And Insects In A Swamp?

  • Northern White Cedar photo: Paul Wray, Iowa State University, www.forestryimages.org.
  • Dogwood photo: Paul Wray, Iowa State University, www.forestryimages.org.
  • Wood Duck photo: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dave Menke.
  • Beaver photo: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Tom Smylie.
  • Green Frog photo: David Flaspohler, Michigan Technological University.
  • Spring Peeper photo: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Wood Turtle illustration: Public domain image, courtesy of David Dailey.
  • Deer Fly photo: Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, www.forestryimages.org.
  • Mosquito photo: Jim Occi, BugPics, www.forestryimages.org.

Where Are Michigan's Wetlands?

  • Forests and Wetlands map: Data from Michigan Geographic Data Library, Land Cover 2001. Illustration by Josh Shields.

What Do Wetlands Do For Me And The Environment?

  • Wetland on Lake Perrault photo: Dr. Peg Gale, Michigan Technological University.

How Do Wetlands Filter Harmful Substances?

  • Wetlands Filter animation: © 2004 State of Michigan.

How Do Wetlands Protect Against Floods?

  • Flooded Wetland photo: David Flaspohler, Michigan Technological University.

Wetlands and Erosion

  • Wetlands Waves animation: © 2004 State of Michigan.
  • Wetlands Clouding animation: © 2004 State of Michigan.

How Do Wetlands Provide Food and Shelter?

  • Beaver photo: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Tom Smylie.
  • Swan photo: David Flaspohler, Michigan Technological University.

How Much Money Can Wetlands Save People?

  • Wetlands Calculator animation: © 2004 State of Michigan.

What Threatens Wetlands?

  • Filled Wetland photo: Amber Buhl, Michigan Technological University.
  • Purple Loosestrife photo: Norman E. Rees, USDA, ARS, www.forestryimages.org.

Are You A Wetland Expert?

  • Wetlands Frog Quiz animation: © 2004 State of Michigan.

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