Nature Study: Assateague Island & The Life of the Marsh Nature Trail
We took The Life of the Marsh nature trail on Assateague Island.
There were three marsh grasses. The tall, straight grasses are called Saltmarsh Cordgrass and the softer grass that bends into swirls is called Glasswort or Saltwart. There are very tall grasses, called Common Reed, that line the edges of some areas.
There is a boardwalk that goes out over the marsh. In the 1950's channels were built either side of the boardwalk to encourage the predators of mosquitoes, such as birds and fish, in order to control them.
The trail ended in a beach which had a lot of dried seaweed.