#ecoflow By: Cierra


Decomposer- "Did you know the mushrooms growing in our front yard are called  Decomposers? At one point somthing has died here and that caused mushrooms to grow here."

Consumer- A heterotrophic organism that ingests other organisms or organic matter in a foodchain is a consumer.

Ecosystem-  The ecosystem is plants and food chains.                             Producer- The leaf produces its own food that is what you call a Producer.   Food Chain- The Owl eats the mouse which is part of the food chain.

Biotic- All the living things in the Ecosystem.                                               Abiotic-Not derived from living organisms.

Adaptation-A change in an organism where it becomes better suited to its enviorment.

some examples of biotic factors in a wetland ecosystem-Factors exist in nature which are living, referred to as biotic, and those whichare not living, called abiotic. Abiotic factors include elements such as tempera­ture, moisture, available light, presence of nutrients, inert objects like rocks, and environmental pollutants.

Some abiotic factors in the wet lands-They not only provide a sanctuary to a number of animal species, but also provide great benefits to humans. For example, wetlands can reduce flood, recharge ground water, and moderate the local climate.

As shown in this image the primary source is the sun and the primary consumer is Algae, the secondary consumer is a mosquito, the frog is the Tertiary Consumer, and the lizard Quarternary Consumer. The bigger animal could be the Predator.

When energy enters the eco system-Energy enters a food chain in the form of sunlight, and leaves the food chain in the form of heat.

The arrows represent the food chain and what eats what. If somthing dies in the food chain the food chain would be broken. Wetlands have important filtering capabilities for intercepting surface- water runoff from higher dry land before the runoff reaches open water. As the runoff water passes through, the wetlands retain excess nutrients and some pollutants, and reduce sediment that would clog waterways and affect fish and amphibian egg development.Wetlands function as natural sponges that trap and slowly release surface water, rain, snowmelt, groundwater and flood waters. Trees, root mats, and other wetland vegetation also slow the speed of flood waters and distribute them more slowly over the floodplain.

The ability of wetlands to control erosion is so valuable that some states are restoring wetlands in coastal areas to buffer the storm surges from hurricanes and tropical storms.More than one-third of the United States' threatened and endangered species live only in wetlands, and nearly half use wetlands at some point in their lives. Many other animals and plants depend on wetlands for survival. Estuarine and marine fish and shellfish, various birds, and certain mammals must have coastal wetlands to survive.                                         Some benifits the Wetland have-

  • Erosion control.
  • Fisheries habitat.
  • Flood control,
  • Ground water recharge and discharge.
  • Natural filter.
  • Rare species habitat.
  • Recreation.
  • Source of income.