February 2nd each year is a day to celebrate wetlands
We celebrate this day for the Convention on Wetlands that was created and adopted in 1971, in Ramsar, Iran (click here to read Ramsar’s Secretary General’s message for the 2012 World Wetlands Day). The day is an great opportunity to raise public awareness of the importance of wetlands. Not only do they sequester carbon (an important detail in light of our current climate change), but wetlands also prevent and mitigate flooding (another detail worth noting on the wet coast, a place of many lost estuaries), improve water quality and provide habitat for nearly all animals at some point in their lives. It is time to show some support for these oft forgotten spaces.
To celebrate this event with us and other concerned individuals and organizations who LOVE wetlands and all their inhabitants, come out to the Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club in Surrey, BC on Sunday February 5th from 10-4. You could build a model wetland with us, talk shop and visit with other great groups- from Burns Bog Society, Langley Environmental Partners Society, Little Campbell River Watershed Society and more! Click here for further information.
Did you know that our Fuelling Change grant campaign is still going?! If not, please take a look and continue to support us in our race for the $50,000 prize. The top four contenders in our category will receive this much needed funding. Our friends at the Fraser Valley Conservancy were kind enough to publish an article on our run for this grant, our goals within the Wetlands Education Program and the work we are doing- please take a look!
This week we have not selected a BC Wetlands Photo of the week, but invite all our viewers to take a look at the growing body of images from the talented photographers who have submitted to the BC Wetlands photo group. The eight photographs selected as photo of the week are a great reminder of what makes our provincial wetlands special.