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Word of the Week: Littoral
May 16, 2018 by Sammy Tangir

Welcome to Word of the Week! Stay tuned for a new word each Wednesday to amp up your nature vocabulary!

Left: A female eastern pondhawk dragonfly exploring a littoral zone in High Park, perhaps for a small fly to eat. Right: A great blue heron searches a littoral zone for fish...or perhaps a dragonfly! (Photo credit: Andrew Yee)

Littoral [LIT-er-uhl] (adjective): The shallow water by the shore of a lake, ocean, pond, or stream.

The littoral zone is a site of a lot of activity! It’s where vegetation grows, creating habitat for all sorts of life. Frogs begin their lives here in the shallows. Dragonflies emerge from the water, leaving their exoskeletons behind on the vegetation. This is where great blue herons calmly perch along the shore waiting for the right moment to catch a fish!

Next time you are by a water body take some time to see what is growing, and who is living in the littoral zone!

Sammy Tangir - Sammy is a serious nature nerd and especially enthusiastic about plants! When she is not thinking of next week's nature word, she is working as an outdoor educator and practicing her wood carving skills.

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