Wetlands! - Alaska's Wild Wonders (Issue 3)
What are wetlands? Lands that are wet is one way to describe them. But there is so much more to know about these amazing ecosystems. Walk across the spongy tundra and feel waterlogged soils sink under your step. Or sit on a beach next to a coastal estuary and watch thousands of birds rest and feed. Both are wetlands. Wetlands are found nearly everywhere in Alaska; roughly half of the state is considered wetlands! In this issue of Wild Wonders, we learn about five basic wetland types: tundra, freshwater marshes, riparian, coastal wetlands and peatlands. We will also learn how important these areas are to wildlife and how some Alaska birds, mammals, fish, amphibians and insects are uniquely adapted to live in these wet worlds. Ready to be amazed? Wade in and learn more!
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