Wetlands - Coopdog

By: Cooper Garoni
What is a wetland?
A special environment.
Lots of different types:
 Dams.
 Lakes.
 Rivers.
 Ponds.
 Swamps.
 Springs.
 Creeks.
Different types of
Why are wetlands important?
Wetlands are important because they:
 Increase water quality.
 Store flood water.
 Provide water for wildlife in the dry season.
 Filter our rivers.
 Stop erosion.
 Are a place for tourists to go.
 Support businesses like fishing, tourism and farming.
 Provide food for animals.
 Have lots of flora and fauna.
 Are a good breeding place.
What would you find in a wetland?
You would find:
 People who are camping, bird
watching, canoeing, boating,
fishing, hunting and bush walking.
Breeding places for water birds, fish,
frogs, reptiles and insects.
Birds from the Northern
Hemisphere that migrate to
Victorian wetlands.
Aboriginal people (Kimberly
Plants such as lily flowers, water
plants and lily pads.
Animals such as ducks, crayfish,
snails, turtles and alligators.
Where are wetlands located?
There are big ones and small
wetlands all over the place.
Some well known ones are:
Wonga Wetlands (Albury).
Kimberly Region (North –
Western Australia) .
Murray – Darling Basin.
Gulf of Carpentaria.
Ross River.
Didgeridoo Lagoon.
Gippsland Lakes.
Barmah Forest.
Kerang Wetlands.
How can we protect our wetlands?
Victoria has lost more than 37% of
its wetlands.
The Government now provides
money for protecting our
You can do the following things:
 Don’t litter in wetlands because
plastic bags can kill animals.
 Encourage people to make a
wetland on their property.
 Don’t pull trees out of our
 Farmers need to look after
wetlands on their properties.
 Keep researching wetlands.
 Computer
 www.wetlandcare.com.au
 www.parkweb.vic.gov.au
 www.wwf.org.au
 www.reefed.edu.au