12 tweetable facts for World Wetlands Day 2015

Musquash River, New Brunswick (Photo by Ron Garnett Airscapes)

Musquash River, New Brunswick (Photo by Ron Garnett Airscapes)

February 2, 2015 | by Wendy Ho | 0 Comments

The second of February each year marks World Wetlands Day, where everyone is encouraged to raise awareness and learn about the importance and value of wetlands! Be a wetland whiz this year with these 12 tweetable fun facts!

A wetland, like its name suggests, is any area of land that is covered with water for a part of the day or year. (Tweet this!)

Wetlands are among the most biologically diverse and productive of all ecosystems — including rainforests and coral reefs. (Tweet this!)

Globally, it is estimated that 40 per cent of all wildlife rely on wetlands. (Tweet this!)

Canada is home to 25 per cent of world’s wetlands. That’s more than any other country. (Tweet this!)

In Canada, some classes of wetlands include: fresh & saltwater marshes, peatlands, swamps, bogs, sloughs & seasonally flooded forests. (Tweet this!)

Wetlands need our TLC and conservation! Today, estimates say only 28 per cent of southern Ontario’s wetlands remain. (Tweet this!)

Like super-sized Brita filters, wetlands have chemical-absorbing, bacteria-neutralizing powers! (Tweet this!)

Like giant sponges, wetlands hold rain and snowmelt and releases water in drier seasons, reducing risks of floods & droughts. (Tweet this!)

European common reed (Phragmites) is wetlands’ woes! The plant's dense colonies chokes out native plants and evicts wildlife. (Tweet this!)

NCC has internationally recognized RAMSAR sites in its own backyard! Tabusintac Estuary in NB is just one example. (Tweet this!)

Spawning ground and nursery all in one! Coastal and shallow wetlands like are a haven for many fish species. (Tweet this!)

Without wetlands, recreational activities like canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, just aren’t the same. (Tweet this!)

Want to learn more about the different classifications of wetlands, how they are formed and where they are found? Read all about the wonders of these extraordinary ecosystems on our Wetlands 101 page.

Happy World Wetlands Day to mother nature and all of our fellow earthlings!

Other fun facts*:

  • 16 per cent of Canada is wetland.
  • The Long Point marshes in Lake Erie is the largest wetland in southern Ontario.
  • The millions of small wetlands of the Canadian and U.S. prairies are the most productive waterfowl habitat in the world, supporting 50-88 per cent of the North American breeding populations of several species.
  • 80 per cent of wetlands in the Fraser Valley and on the east coast of Vancouver Island are altered or destroyed.
  • The Hudson Bay Lowlands is the third-largest wetland in the world.
  • Wetlands currently cover between five to 10 per cent of the Earth's land area. It is estimated that more than half of the world's original wetlands have disappeared and they are being lost and degraded more quickly than any other ecosystem type.

*Sources:

Biodivcanada, Ecosystems Status and Trends: Key Findings at a Glance

Biodivcanada, Ecosystems Status and Trends: Wetlands

Ducks Unlimited Canada: British Columbia

The World's Largest Wetlands: Ecology and Conservation

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Wendy Ho is Nature Conservancy of Canada's editorial coordinator.

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