What Is A Swamp?


Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum
Wetland Ecosystems

A swamp is a wetland that is dominated by woody plants (shrubs and trees). Swamps are often near rivers or streams. These rivers and streams sometimes flood, and the water from the flood carries nutrients to the swamp.

Common plants, animals, and insects in a swamp are:

  • northern white cedar
  • dogwood
  • wood duck
  • beaver
  • green frog
  • spring peeper
  • wood turtle
  • deer fly
  • mosquito



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