MTRI is a non-profit co-operative with a mandate to promote sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity conservation in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve and beyond through research, education, and the operation of a field station.
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Wetlands are dynamic ecosystems where the water meets the land. They occur along brooks, lakes and even the ocean. They can take many forms such as peat bogs, flooded grasslands, treed swamps and salt marshes. Some wetlands such as peat bogs take thousands of years to form as the peat layers (made up of decaying plants) build up.
Wetlands support a diverse group of plants and animals that are tolerant of wet conditions. Wetlands often contain species such as amphibians and reptiles that are good indicators of the overall health of the area. Here at MTRI we study some of the reptiles and plants that depend on wetlands.