Massif des monts Sutton BioKit: wetlands

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Throughout your outing, you will encounter temporary ponds and marshy areas. These wetlands are essential to the reproduction, feeding and development of many species, including amphibians. To top it off, they also filter water and help control flooding!

Would you be able to recognize these? Match the number with the photo of the species.

  1. Redback salamander: Its back is reddish or brownish, and its stomach is covered in an ash-like pattern. Since it does not have any lungs, it breathes mainly through its skin.
  2. Spotted salamander: The yellow spots on its back warn predators that its skin is toxic.
  3. Gray treefrog: This small treefrog lives in trees and can change colour in a matter of minutes, going from grey to brown and then to green. Camouflage guaranteed!
  4. American toad: Its glandulous skin contains a toxin that protects it from predators.
Photo: © Isabelle Grégoire
Photo: © Appalachian Corridor
Photo: © Appalachian Corridor

 

Photo: © Isabelle Grégoire

 


Peer under a rock or log and perhaps you will see a salamander. Carefully put everything back when you have completed your observations.

A Healthy Ecosystem

We all depend on natural ecosystems. They provide living species with clean air and water, fertile soil and shelter. They provide us with the materials we need to produce our medication, clothing and food, among other things. Healthy ecosystems are therefore crucial to the survival of all species.

Amphibians need a habitat that provides them with food, water, camouflage and breeding areas.

Decide as a group on the elements needed to transform the "No-Frog-Pond" below into an ideal habitat for amphibians. Use your surroundings for inspiration! Then draw the elements.

No-Frog-Pond. Illustration: © iStockphoto.com/rich_push

Citizen Science

Worldwide, the survival of amphibians is seriously threatened by pollution, and habitat loss and degradation. Help monitor frogs and toads in Canada by taking part in the Frog Watch program.

Answers

1C, 2B, 3A, 4D

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