February 2nd is World Wetlands Day

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

-Lao Tzu-
Today’s “stone” is  Day 33   wading, hopping, swimming, splashing, life in the bogs

According to the National Conservancy of Canada, “wetlands are unique nutrient-rich ecosystems where terrestrial and aquatic habitats meet. They are formed when water is trapped through poor drainage, occasional flooding or coastal barriers such as sandbars.”

Wetlands provide ecological services such as flood control and water filtration, food production for wild rice and cranberries, and are good for the health of all.

There are two classes of wetlands:  fresh water and saltwater which include bogs, fens, peat-lands, swamps and shallow waters.  These natural areas function to control water from large waves or floods and protect coastal areas from erosion. Wetlands act as a filter for sediments and toxic substances and have an important role in the water cycle.  Wetlands are amazingly productive habitats which contain immense species diversity and nutrients.

Wetlands are not wastelands requiring conversion into agricultural useful areas.  They are biodiversity-rich natural spaces.  The species living in wetlands of Canada include waterfowl, migratory birds, mammals, aquatic insects, invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles and plants. Wetlands are habitats that support biodiversity and provide important ecosystem services.  Their conservation is imperative to the health of the planet.

Check out the National Conservancy of Canada website for an array of information on Wetlands and their efforts of conserve them.  It is an interesting site filled with information on many other conservation-worthy natural areas as well.

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2 thoughts

  1. Nice post. The wetlands are all around me here in South Jersey. We have extensive programs from the Wetlands Institute to educate the children. I just wish they’d be a bit more aggressive with lawn fertilizer usage. Sigh . . .

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