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Introduction to Wetlands “Hawai’i’s Wetland Ecosystems”
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Page 1: Introduction to Wetlands “Hawai’i’s Wetland Ecosystems”

Introduction to Wetlands“Hawai’i’s Wetland Ecosystems”

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Topics We’ll Cover

• What is a wetland?• What are the wetlands of Hawai‘i?• What does a wetland food chain look

like?• What is the flow of energy in a

wetland?

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What is a Wetland?

Wetlands are areas of land where water covers the soil or is present at or near the soil surface for all or

parts of the year.

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Wetland functions

1. Provide habitat

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Wetland functions

1. Provide habitat2. Natural water filter to trap

sediment, nutrients and chemicals

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Wetland functions

1. Provide habitat2. Natural water filter to trap

sediment, nutrients and chemicals

3. Flood protection

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Wetland functions

1. Provide habitat2. Natural water filter to trap

sediment, nutrients and chemicals

3. Flood protection4. Reduce erosion5. Storm protection

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Wetlands of Hawai‘i

Kawai Nui Marsh, O‘ahu

Kealia Pond NWR, Maui

Hanalei NWR, Kaua‘i

James Campbell NWR, O‘ahu

Kakahaia NWR, Moloka‘i

…andmany more!

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Wetland Species

Indigenous or Native Species

an organism that arrived at one place from somewhere else on its own, without man’s aid (may reside elsewhere in the world)

Non-Native Species an organism that has

been accidentally or deliberately transported to its new location

akulikuli

akulikuli kai

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The Food Chain(Consumers)

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The Food Chain(Decomposers)

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The End


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