Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ducks Unlimited Canada

January 28, 2016 16:39 ET

World Wetlands Day, February 2nd: What Will You Do to Honour Our Wetlands?

A Few Minutes of Your Time Could Make a World of Difference

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - Jan. 28, 2016) - With World Wetlands Day coming up on Tuesday, February 2nd, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) encourages you to celebrate and protect your wetlands.

Wetlands are some of the most important ecosystems on the planet because they:

  • filter our air and water
  • reduce the impacts of droughts and floods
  • store vast amounts of greenhouse gases, helping to fight against global climate change
  • provide habitat for wildlife, including at risk species

Unfortunately, up to 70% of wetlands have been lost in settled areas of Canada. The equivalent of about 14 CFL fields disappears daily in Saskatchewan, primarily due to agricultural drainage. Land development, and other activities that require draining, filling and construction in wetlands can cause negative results to downstream landowners, infrastructure, water quality and the environment. Wetland protection is one of the best investments our government can make in our environment.

With a Saskatchewan provincial election imminent, DUC urges you to make your voice heard. To simplify the process we are launching the website www.voteforwetlands.ca on Monday, February 1st. The site provides a prepared message ready to be sent to your candidates asking them what they will do to protect Saskatchewan's remaining wetlands.

World Wetlands Day is celebrated annually to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2, 1971 in Ramsar, Iran on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Events take place around the world, often with an educational element. This year's theme: Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods reflects that more than a billion people around the world make their livings from wetlands by fishing, rice farming, travel, tourism, etc.

On World Wetlands Day DUC invites you to take some time to appreciate your local wetlands whether it's snapping a shot of your favourite spot, checking to see if that groundhog sees his shadow, or snowshoeing alongside a frozen marsh - and take a few minutes to visit www.voteforwetlands.ca.

Ducks Unlimited Canada is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment.

Learn more at:

www.voteforwetlands.ca

www.ducks.ca/places/saskatchewan/

www.ducks.ca/initiatives/world-wetlands-day/

Contact Information

  • Media Contact: Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Donna Boyle
    Communications Specialist, Saskatchewan
    Office: 306-359-2233 or Mobile: 306-541-9732
    D_boyle@ducks.ca
    www.ducks.ca