Not only is February 2 Groundhog Day (and for the record, I'm with Wiarton Willie and looking forward to an early spring), but it is also World Wetlands Day.
|Photo: Alyson Skinner|
Wetlands are one of Earth's most productive ecosystems and provide habitat for over 600 species of wildlife, including more than one-third of Canada's Species at Risk. They act as kidneys, filtering water before it returns to our rivers, lakes and streams and act as sponges, absorbing large amounts of water from rainfall, providing flood control.
|Every wetland creature is linked and every wetland is a link in the chain of life.|
Life relies on balance, so when one species is removed, everybody suffers.
What can you do for Wetlands?
|Get involved with your community and help to enhance local wetlands.|
In April, Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship worked with several partners
to enhance Cormack Marsh in Princeton.Photo: Alyson Skinner
|Help manage invasive plants on your property, |
such as Purple Loosestrife and Burdock.
Throughout the summer, our field staff assisted several Wildlife Habitat
Stewards with invasive plant management.Photo: Paula Rodriguez de la Vega
|Learn more about wetlands how to |
identify species at risk that use wetland habitats.
Throughout the summer, Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship biologists
provided workshops and one-on-one meetings with land stewards,
providing information on identification (visual and auditory) of local amphibians.Photo: Jonquil Crosby
|Become a Wildlife Habitat Steward and conserve|
wetland habitats on your property.
This summer, Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship welcomed
nearly a dozen new Wildlife Habitat Stewards. Wildlife Habitat Stewards
receive technical assistance with habitat enhancement as well as
assistance with garbage removal, invasive plant management
and native plant revegetation projects as funding allows.
Contact Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship for more information about our wetland initiatives at email@example.com.