This rainy Friday morning, the class spent about forty-five minutes carefully examining ecotones in Mud Lake. What's an ecotone, you ask? None of us were sure at first, but thanks to a great Project Wild activity, called "The Edge of Home", we discovered that an ecotone is the area where two ecosystems overlap. These areas are where we can find great diversity of living things. They can also tell us which ecosystems dominate and which ones are dominated.
Here the pond ecosystem meets the forest ecosystem at the shoreline. What evidence of both ecosystems can you find in the images? Does one of the ecosystems dominate?
Here's something to think about. Are most trees usually surrounded by water?
How does the beaver affect the pond and forest ecosystems? Can you think of any other animals that you might find in this ecotone?
Mr. Cameron and the grade 4 and 5 students from Regina Street Public School hope to share their year-long journey of discovery with the world.