Tuesday, March 9, 2010

4. Reflect on the field trip Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Describe the values of wetlands in protecting water quality, maintaining biodiversity and pres

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary was an interesting field trip. It was cool to see the last old growth cypress in all of Southwest Florida. The lady that gave us the tour was extra nice and she taught us a lot about the various forms of wildlife that exist there. It was nice to hear that the National Audubon Society has protected the wading birds nesting there in the swamp since 1912. The only disappointing part of the field trip was that I was hoping to see more alligators.
The wetlands are very important. They manage storm water runoff and help purify the underlying layers of sediment which hold water. The wetlands also serve as habitat for plants and animals, including many endangered or threatened species. They give many of these species a safe haven, this helps maintain our biodiversity.
Overall, it was a nice field trip. That would be a place my dad would love to go check out because he has always been a big fan of places like Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary!

Matthew Albano 3/9/2010

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