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Pictured Rocks/Kakagon Slough showcases unique special areas of Lake Superior

Lake Superior's ecosystems also include wetlands, great rock cliffs and a whole realm of birds that rely on its waters for their habitat. These three are combined into one impressive exhibit called Pictured Rocks/Kakagon Slough. For this exhibit,...

Lake Superior's ecosystems also include wetlands, great rock cliffs and a whole realm of birds that rely on its waters for their habitat. These three are combined into one impressive exhibit called Pictured Rocks/Kakagon Slough. For this exhibit, designers traveled to Michigan's Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and to Kakagon Slough along Chequamegon Bay in Wisconsin.
The geology in these areas is quite different. Sandstone cliffs, a sand beach and sea caves at Pictured Rocks show the power of Lake Superior's waves and how they can cut and mold rock into fantastic shapes. Kakagon Slough features wetland plants such as wild rice.
"We chose the Kakagon Slough as one of the important wetland areas," said David Lonsdale, executive director of the aquarium, and "the Pictured Rocks because it's a really interesting geological formation. It represents a different part of the lake and a different featured geological time."
The aquarium's aviary is also located at this exhibit. Netting stretches from the floor to the ceiling and allows visitors to the aquarium to walk in among the birds. The netting will come all the way down to the floor, and you will be able to walk in and there will be a bird sanctuary and wetland.
Turtles, snakes and frogs will find their home in the wetland, and shore birds and green heron will highlight the aviary. "All the birds and reptiles we get from rehabilitation centers," said Cheryl Menzel, public relations manager. "They may have a problem with their wing or flight or something that would make it unsafe for them to be back out in the wild."
Other animals and fish for the exhibits may come from other zoos or aquariums that want to switch exhibits.

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