14 facts for World Wetlands Day
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 14 fun facts!
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.
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 to 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.