|World Wetlands Day is coming up!|
|February 2, 2022|
|What is World Wetlands Day?|
World Wetlands Day is celebrated each year on 2 February to raise awareness about wetlands. This day also marks the anniversary of the Convention on Wetlands, which was adopted as an international treaty in 1971. World Wetlands Day is the ideal time to increase people’s understanding of these critically important ecosystems.
Nearly 90% of the world’s wetlands have been degraded since the 1700s, and we are losing wetlands three times faster than forests. Yet, wetlands are critically important ecosystems that contribute to biodiversity, climate mitigation and adaptation, freshwater availability, world economies and more.
|Why we care….|
Canadian beef farms and ranches are home to some of Canada’s most important, diverse and threatened habitats, including wetlands.
The 2030 Canadian Beef Goals emphasize the importance of wetlands, “Beef Cattle – Guardians of the Wetlands”.
|Today is #WorldWetlandsDay Did you know? Canada is home to 25% of the worlds remaining wetlands.|
Wetlands store massive amounts of carbon, preventing it from being released into the atmosphere as greenhouse gas.
Wetlands are a critical tool in managing the flow of water and mitigating floods and droughts.
Beef cattle are guardians of the wetlands.
Thank you to the #cdnbeef farmers and ranchers that maintain and preserve wetlands on the lands they live on, work and manage.
Check out these great organizations to find out how YOU can conserve and protect Canadian Wetlands and the species that thrive within them: @ducksunlimitedcanada @ncc_cnc @birds.canada
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|We have wetland experts among us!|
Check out a few examples of CRSB members that are experts in wetland conservation, preservation and restoration, and what they are doing.
|Celebrating wetland wins|
“Our understanding of wetlands is growing, but they continue to decrease. In settled areas of Canada, up to 70% of our wetlands have already been destroyed or degraded. As they continue to disappear, so too do the many benefits they provide.”
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has been protecting wetlands since 1968, with the conservation of its first successful project, Ontario’s Cavan Swamp and Bog.
In addition to securing wetlands, NCC has been involved in restoring, reclaiming and managing them for the long-term benefit of wildlife and humans.
|How you can take action|
We at Birds Canada work hard to restore and protect these amazing places, and with the help of our partners and supporters like you, we’ve been very successful. Please join us to spread the word about how taking action for wetlands contributes to the future of people and our planet, and about the ways in which wetlands support animals, plants, and other organisms.