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Exploring Georgia's Habitats

3rd Grade Life Science: A look into the different habitats of Georgia (mountains, swamp, coast, Piedmont, Atlantic Ocean) and the organisms that live there.
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Tiffany Horton

on 3 October 2012

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Swamp The different habitats of Georgia are: Mountains, Swamp, Coast,
Piedmont and Atlantic Ocean Coast Piedmont Atlantic Ocean
The Mountains are in the northern part of Georgia.
This mountain habitat is formed by the
Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains. The Georgia Mountains are home to small animals like squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons and opossums as well as ... Fox Bobcats and Black Bears. Deer The rivers and streams are home to... The rivers are also home to many types of fish, invertibrates, and amphibians which includes the Hellbender, one of the largest salamanders in the world. River Otters Beavers as well as Ducks and Geese This habitat includes mountains, valleys, rivers, streams and waterfalls. Birds that call this habitat home are
wild turkeys, owls, hawks, eagles, ospreys
and several types of song birds. Trees that grow here are pine, oak, maple, hickory, walnut, birch and dogwoods. Plant life is unique here because of the high elevation that allows for cooler temperatures, wet climate and rich soil. There are many flowering bushes and shrubs such as mountain laurel, rhododendron, sourwood, and wild blueberry, and wildflowers such as trillium, violets, jasmine and honeysuckle as well as other ferns and mosses. The state flower, Cherokee Rose, and the state wildflower, azaleas, can also be found here. A swamp is an area of land covered in shallow water with plants and trees growing in and around it. Swamps in Georgia are located in the coastal plains region of Georgia. The Okefenokee Swamp is located here
and is considered the nation’s largest swamp. The dark tea color of the swamp water comes from tannic acid, the acid produced from decaying plant material and peat. What do you notice about the water here? The cypress tree is among these. The roots of the cypress tree stick out of the water so that it can take in air. Only certain types of trees can grow in a swamp. Some of these animals are snakes, raccoons, black bears, and deer
as well as... There are over 400 species of animals that live here. Alligators Turtles Beavers Fox Squirrels Bluefin Frogs Marsh Rabbits Dragonfly Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers Ibis and numerous other creatures. Some plants that grow in the swamp are Spanish moss and water lilies. There are over 600 types of plants that grow in the swamp. While these can be found in other Georgia habitats, others like the insect-eating pitcher plants, can only be found in swamps. Georgia's coast is located at the bottom of the state, where the land meets the ocean. The organisms that live here have adapted to the harsh conditions of the beaches. They must be able to withstand the crashing waves and survive the hot sun and wind and the freezing cold of winter. Organisms of the Coast Some organisms like.. Ghost Shrimp Coquina Clams Mole Crabs Ghost Crabs Others, like... burrow into the sand Raccoons and a variety of shorebirds The constant, crashing waves stops the growth of plants on the beaches except on the dunes. Plant life Plants that grow on the dunes are... Sea Oats Beach
Morning Glory Prickly
Pear Cactus These plants help prevent erosion. This area is made up of
sandy beaches and barrier islands. At low tide... What is a habitat? Georgia Habitats Let's Explore! Mountains The Mountains are in the northern part of Georgia.
The mountain habitat is formed by the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains. Birds that call this habitat home are wild turkeys, owls, hawks, eagles, ospreys and several types of song birds like the Warbler. visit the beach to feed. It is a warm saltwater habitat. The Atlantic Ocean habitat is located
on Georgia's southeast border. is the reef ecosystem off the Georgia Coast. What may be the least known habitat in Georgia The largest example is called Grays Reef. The reef is home to several fish species. The Loggerhead Sea Turtle, the Atlantic Right Whale
and the Manatee. It is also home to some endangered species. From common fish like shark,
sea trout, and flounder to more colorful fish like
angelfish and butterflyfish. Grays Reef is so important for marine wildlife that it was designated a National Marine Sanctuary in 1981. sponges, barnacles, sea fans, hard coral,
sea stars, and sand dollars Other organisms that live here are ... as well as crabs, lobsters, snails, and shrimp. Plant life in this habitat include... Sargassum (seaweed)
Ulva (sea lettuce) and Algae Piedmont begins at the foothills of the Mountains
and means "foot of the mountain." This habitat is an area of rolling hills. It covers the middle of Georgia and ends at
the fall line, where the Coastal Plain region begins. At the fall line, there are waterfalls and rapids as rivers tumble from the Piedmont to the coastal plain. In the Piedmont there are forests, lakes and rivers. Red clay gives the ground its color. Georgia has many rock outcrops
including the largest in the world,
A harsh habitat type found
on the Piedmont is the rock outcrop. Stone Mountain. Squirrels, Raccoons, White-tail Deer, Turkey, What animals live in the Piedmont? Songbirds, Water fowl and Predatory birds all reside in the Piedmont . There are almost 200 species of birds. It is also home to 92 species of butterfly. Originally, most of the Piedmont
was covered with hardwood trees Plant Life but now you will find pine trees, oak trees, and hickory trees. Opossum and Coyotes Wood Duck Finch Bald Eagle Other types of native plants are... Black-eyed Susan American Beautyberry St. Andrew's Cross Rue Anemone http://www.lilburnes.org/Students/Habitats/index.htm
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Georgia_mountains
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