An ecotone is the area of land in between two different habitats. Often there is a higher diversity of animals living in this area where two habitats meet. Learn more about ecotones here.
The SWA restored the banks of the Lake Altman, creating a healthy and diverse riparian zone. This ecotone between a wetland and an upland habitat provide unique spaces for plants and animals to live.
Aquatic plants are able to root into the soil and their leaves can still reach the sunlight. Fish, turtles, crayfish, snakes, and other aquatic critters find a home or a meal around these plants.
In deeper waters, fewer plants can root in the ground and still have their leaves reach the sunlight. Without plants growing, fewer animals will live in this area.
Check out the many ecotones on the SWA Greenway Trail System. See the transition from lake, to marsh, to wet prairie, to cypress swamp, to pine flatwoods, to cabbage palm hammock, and back again. This diversity of connected habitats provides lots of space for many different types of animals like deer, bobcats, alligators, wading birds, and more!
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Inspirational Leader: Sir David Attenborough
Naturalist turned television personality, David Attenborough set the standard for nature documentaries, as the first host to travel with a crew to film wildlife in their natural habitats. He showed the world wildlife like they had never dreamed of. His more recent productions Life on Earth and the Planet Earth series have given a voice to wildlife. In the final episode of Planet Earth II David Attenborough leaves us with these words. "And every 10 years an area the size of Britain disappears under a jungle of concrete. But it doesn’t have to be like this. Could it not be possible to build cities more in harmony with nature?"
Take an interactive journey with David Attenborough through one of the natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef.