Here you will find lots of information on a variety of the creatures & wildlife found in the Waterloo Recreation Area. Farther down, there are some activities to test your knowledge of animal tracks and tree leaves!
If you've ever wondered what kind of fauna and flora you might see in the Waterloo Recreation Area, check out some of these Creature Features. Many of these plants and animals can be found while walking the Eddy Discovery Center trails ( Click here to go to the MDNR's Discovery Center hiking trails pdf).
Click on any of the following for features of Southeast Michigan's Waterloo Recreation Area (WRA):
In the bogs and fens of the Waterloo Recreation Area, live plants that lie in wait for unsuspecting animals. Not to worry, you are safe unless you are an insect! The most common is the pitcher plant whose leaves resemble water pitchers that actually hold water. Unsuspecting insects fall into a leaf’s the watery pit, drown and sink to the bottom. Then the leaf releases digestive enzymes that dissolve the soft parts of the insects. Eventually the lower section of the leaf be-comes filled with insect exoskeletons and the leaf dies, but not before it is replaced by a new one.
Two of the images show the plant leaf that fills with water; a death trap for unsuspecting insects. The third image shows the picher plant flower
You can see these fascinating plants along the bog trail boardwalk at the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center ( Click here to go to the MDNR's Discovery Center hiking trails pdf). The plants are visible most of the year.
Click here for a pdf version of the Pitcher Plant Creature Feature
Match each track with the animal that made it. To check your answers, click the How'd I Do? button below. Hint: Tracks are not to scale
Match each tree leaf with its name. To check your answers, click the How'd I Do? button below.