Meet the Wildlife for National Wildlife Week
We are getting ready to celebrate National Wildlife Week in 2015. In the meantime, you can learn more about the diverse plants and animals that were featured in the 2014 celebration of Wildlife and Water.
There are many mammals that spend most or all of their lives in the water, like the humpback whale. Many more mammals are dependent on aquatic or wetland habitats and the clean water, food resources and shelter they provide.
Many birds are adapted to freshwater, wetland or coastal habitats, from streams high up in the Rocky Mountains to the Prairie Potholes of the midwest to coastal bays and wetlands.
"Herps" is a short for "herpetofauna"--one word used to refer to both reptiles and amphibians. Most amphibians spend part or all of their lives in the water. There are far fewer aquatic reptiles.
This category includes a wide range of wildlife from coral to insects to crustaceans. Some of these species help to clean the water and others serve as indicators of water quality.
Our featured fish include freshwater fish, saltwater fish and fish that live a double-life, spending part of their lives in freshwater and part of their lives in saltwater.