Before the start of this year's Bioblitz in the Louisiana wetlands, I headed out in a bayou boat tour to get the lay of the land.
A bayou is a slow-moving waterway, while a swamp is a flooded forest area. We began our tour on a canal, then a river, and finally a bayou flowing through a swamp. Got that? The entire area is a wetland, and Louisiana has 7.8 million square miles of it. As you'll see on the accompanying video, wetlands perform a variety of "ecosystem services" including cleaning the water and air.
They're also home to a huge variety of wildlife--as we'll soon demonstrate at the Bioblitz. Stay tuned!
(This post originally appeared in the Thinkfinity Community.)
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