|Fish in a forest? Well, maybe not right in the forest -- not usually anyway -- but in the rivers and streams that run through forests. Rivers, ponds, and bogs are all integral parts of natural forests, and there are often complex relationships between the animals in the water and the animals in the trees.|
Bears try to catch spawning salmon in temperate forest rivers. Photograph courtesy Philip Greenspun.
The areas around forest streams and ponds are called "riparian zones", and include the water source plus the wetlands or moist forest in the surrounding area. These places are extremely diverse habitats and home to many animals and plants. Fish live in the more open water, amphibians lay their eggs in shallow ponds or marshes, and the variety of insects that live near the water attract foraging reptiles and birds.
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