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Written by Lisa McPherson


It is a smouldering hot summer day, the smell of sunscreen overwhelms your nose, so you decide to grab your towel, sand bucket and... a net. The next thing you know you are immersed in one of the world’s most important habitats, wetlands. It is time for a new and supplements cialis generic brand exciting adventure in a local stream or marsh. Enter the secret world of tiny water creatures, and discover the vital role of our wetlands.

altWetlands are important for many reasons; they are excellent habitat, food sources and shelter. But there is one more reason. Wetlands act like the filter in your pool or fish tank to clean the water that comes from connecting lakes. Cattails catch the instructions discount generic viagra soft tabs toxins and pollution letting just the good water go through. This is why we need to become wetland experts and learn how we can protect them.

So, why bring the nets? There are many different larvae, water insects, frogs, fish and even crayfish! Did you know young dragonflies and damselflies live in the water and they are predacious, which means they eat other insects and only for you even fish. Then there whirligig beetles, small black beetles which whirl around in circles on the top of the water. But you have to be fast and sneaky to catch these beetles. They have four eyes, two on top and two on bottom, to see above and below them. While wading in the marsh watch out for leeches, they may be looking for their next meal. Leeches have suckers, which they use to link for you attach to their meal source for their dinner of blood. What most people do not realize is they actually have suckers on both ends of their bodies, giving them double the chance of finding their next feast.    

A fascinating secret of our wetlands is they have their very own carnivorous plant. Everyone is familiar with the VenusFlytrap; but you may have walked right by our own insect devouring plant? Bladderwort has little black ‘bladders’ which suck in insects that get too close and it then breaks down the 20mg cialis insects into energy, instead of relying on photosynthesis. 

For more information on wetlands and the creatures that call it home check out the Ducks Unlimited website, They have identification and information sheets on almost anything you might find in your wetland, from plants to insects to birds.

Remember, treat the creatures you catch gently and wow)) return them to where they were found. And, if you catch a frog, be cautious if you are wearing sunscreen or bug spray because frogs breathe through their skin so these chemicals can be dangerous to their health.

So, instead of watching a movie, hop on your bike and explore the mysteries of a marsh near you.

By Lisa McPherson
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