One of the learning opportunities of this project is to expand your knowledge of ecology-based words. As each new post introduces an interessting word, we will share their meanings here.

Riparian – A forested or wooded area of land beside a body of water such as a river, stream, pond. The word “riparian” is derived from Latin ripa, meaning river bank

Cryptic – coloration or markings that camouflage an animal in its natural environment.