Glossary : Wetlands Education Curriculum

Amphibian
A living thing able to live both on land and in water and are cold-blooded animals.
Bayou
A slow moving stream of water. Armand Bayou flows through ABNC.
Bird
Warm-blooded, egg-laying, vertebrate animals (have a back bone). Body covered with feathers and the forelimbs modified as wings.
Brackish
The mix of water when a fresh waterway mixes with a salty waterway.
Ecosystem
A community or neighborhood in nature and the animals, plants and the area they live in.
Erosion
Wearing away of the soil by water or wind.
Estuarine
An estuary is the habitat formed when a fresh waterway mixes with a salty waterway. Armand Bayou is an estuarine bayou or estuary.
Fish
A cold-blooded vertebrate animal with a typically long scaly tapering body, limbs developed as fins and a vertical tail fin that lives and breathes in water.
Habitat
A community or neighborhood in nature and the animals, plants and the area they live in.
Insect
Small invertebrate (no back boned) animals that are more or less obviously made up of segments.
Mammal
Warm-blooded vertebrates that include human beings . Feed their young with milk and have the skin usually more or less covered with hair.
Prairie
A habitat of flat land where grass is the predominant plant. Mixed in with the grasses are many types of wildflowers.
Prairie Pothole
Depression in a prairie that holds rainwater. Potholes can be wet several months to year round.
Reptile
Cold-blooded air-breathing vertebrates that usually lay eggs and have skin covered with scales or bony plates (snakes, lizards, turtles, and alligators).
Shellfish
An invertebrate animal that lives in water and has a shell.
Species
A category of living things that ranks below a genus, is made up of related individuals able to produce fertile offspring and is identified by a two-part scientific name.
Watershed
The area that drains into a river or lake. The Armand Bayou watershed covers 64 miles.