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In this exercise, students will identify and observe biotic factors in a riparian ecosystem, which is the green strip of vegetation alongside a waterbody; they will measure the types of vegetation at the water’s edge, the function of plants as ground cover and canopy cover, and observe the wildlife in the area.
Mesner, Nancy, "Stream Side Science Lesson Plan: Riparian Review" (2014). All Current Publications. Paper 1227.