The focus of this walk was wetlands. Dave said that there are four different types of wetlands, three of which can be found in Buckhorn Island State Park in Grand Island, New York. They are:
|This is a swamp in Buckhorn Island State Park.|
There are no bogs.
- bog: This is a fresh water wetland that was formed in old glacial lakes with a spongy peat base. The soil is acidic and low in nutrients. Plants that grow well in bogs include blueberries, day lilies, pitcher plants, cranberries, and orchids. There are no bogs in Buckhorn Island State Park or anywhere in Grand Island.
Dave describes common traits
Woods Creek The Niagara River
- vernal pool: they are created from melting snow and spring rain.
- marsh: very rich and one of the most important wetlands. Much of Buckhorn Island State Park is underwater and is marshland.