Make A Mangrove Tree Habitat
Mangrove trees are trees that live in salty environments – they can obtain freshwater from saltwater. Some secrete the salt through their leaves, others block the salt in their roots. Mangrove forests create an ecosystem that traps and cycles organic materials, chemicals, and important nutrients. Mangroves also provide protected nursery areas for fish, crustaceans and shellfish. They also provide food for many marine animals as well, including fish, oysters and shrimp. Many animals, such as the sawfish, find shelter either in the roots or branches of mangroves. Mangrove branches are nesting areas for many coastal birds, including brown pelicans and roseate spoonbills.
Authors: Susan Julio; EARTH Satellite 2015 Pensacola