MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Jan. 29, 2020 – On Sunday, Feb. 2, conservationists across the globe will celebrate World Wetlands Day (WWD) to recognize the importance of these valuable ecosystems for humans and wildlife.
Ducks Unlimited strives to raise public awareness about the benefits wetlands provide not only for waterfowl habitat, but as important natural water filters. World Wetlands Day focuses on conservation solutions for these beautiful and critical features of our landscapes that have been described as nature’s kidneys for their ability to filter and clean water.
WWD marks the signing of the Convention on Wetlands on Feb. 2, 1971, in Ramsar, Iran. Each year since 1997, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, corporations and citizens representing all segments of society have taken advantage of the opportunity to raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general and the Ramsar Convention in particular.
This year's World Wetlands Day theme is "Wetlands and Biodiversity."
"Ducks Unlimited conserves wetlands to maintain healthy waterfowl populations, but the state of our wetlands affects everyone in many ways," said Ducks Unlimited Chief Conservation Officer Karen Waldrop. "Each year, World Wetlands Day raises awareness of the threats wetlands face and their importance in providing clean water, flood protection and community resilience. As the leader in wetlands conservation, our members, volunteers and supporters are always working to make a difference in wetlands conservation not only for waterfowl, but for everyone."
Ducks Unlimited and our partners are conserving prairie potholes and native grasslands in the Great Plains, restoring bottomland hardwood forests in the lower Mississippi River Valley, protecting and enhancing the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and protecting and improving wetland habitats in the Central Valley of California, the coastal prairies of Texas and the coastal marshes of Louisiana, just to name a few.
"The diversity of creatures found in wetlands arises because of the uniqueness of wetland habitats," Waldrop said. "The plants, water and soils of wetlands provide homes to mammals, birds, plants, fish, crustaceans and mollusks. These insects, invertebrates, bacteria, algae and decaying plants create a rich foundation for food chains that leads to an incredible variety and abundance of larger creatures."
For more information about World Wetlands Day, visit www.worldwetlandsday.org.
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About Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14.5 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.