Wood turtle (Photo by Joe Crowley)

Wood turtle (Photo by Joe Crowley)

wetland


Unique, nutrient-rich ecosystems where terrestrial and aquatic habitats meet. The Atlas of Canada defines wetlands as "lands permanently or temporarily submerged or permeated by water, and characterized by plants adapted to saturated-soil conditions." They are created when water is trapped through poor drainage, occasional flooding or coastal barriers such as sandbars.

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