MEMPHIS, Tenn. – February 1, 2007 – This year, wetland conservation organizations and communities across the globe will celebrate the 10th annual World Wetlands Day. February 2 is a day set aside to recognize some of our most important and productive ecosystems, vital to the environments of many countries.
The United States is no exception. Wetlands provide breeding grounds, nesting habitats and nurseries for millions of migrating birds each year. They also recharge and clean water and reduce the damaging effects of floods.
“Wetlands are some of nature’s most productive ecosystems. They’re vital to the health of our nation, wildlife and people, but we’re losing these precious natural resources at an alarming rate,” said Don Young, executive vice president of Ducks Unlimited. “World Wetlands Day is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of wetlands, the tremendous losses we suffer when we lose them, and the incredible challenges we face to conserve them.”
The U.S. alone loses more than 80,000 wetland acres each year. Despite these devastating losses, the United States has a reason to celebrate World Wetlands Day this year. The conservation efforts of Ducks Unlimited have saved almost 12 million acres of wetlands—an area greater than one fourth the area of North Dakota. The fight to conserve and rehabilitate wetlands is ongoing, however. Every 10 minutes another acre of wetlands is drained.
This February 2, celebrate World Wetlands Day by committing to help ongoing conservation efforts in the United States. Join or make a contribution to Ducks Unlimited, and help conserve vital wetlands and other waterfowl habitats. DU’s ambitious Wetlands for Tomorrow campaign aims to protect and restore habitats across North America, as well as provide conservation education programs for schoolchildren.
With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization with almost 12 millions acres conserved. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands – nature’s most productive ecosystem – and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres each year.