Introduce your kids to the local wetlands

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World Wetlands Day - Wetlands and Forests

This is the theme for World Wetlands Day 2011, especially chosen because 2011 is the UN International Year of Forests.

To celebrate World Wetlands Day - I am giving away FREE copies of Nika And The Painted Turtle

Just leave a comment below and I'll send you your FREE ebook.

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We cannot manage without forests and wetlands.

Forests and wetlands (mangroves, peat swamp forests, freshwater swamp forests) are vital to all human lives, freshwater availability on a global scale depends on our forests. So too, to a large extent, does freshwater quality.

Despite these many benefits that wetlands provide to people and wildlife, they continue to be destroyed across Canada.  As much as 70 percent have been lost in some areas of the country.

Here are a few cool facts about Wetlands:

  • Wetlands keep our water clean
  • Wetlands are a valuable wildlife habitat
  • Wetlands can help reduce flooding
  • Wetlands are a great place to have fun

Fun Outdoors (colouring sheet below)

Thanks to their natural beauty and abundant wildlife, wetlands make great places to relax and have fun. Activities like hiking, wildlife watching, fishing, camping and canoeing are just some of the things people do in wetland areas.

Help raise awareness for these magical places.

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Why not visit a local marsh, mangrove, swamp forest this weekend and discover what lives in and around these fascinating wetlands.

Look what Sam found...

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They are also great places to learn about biology and the environment. They are full of the ‘raw materials’ that make learning fun and effective.

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As you know I love Dragonflies!

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Dragonflies Need Wetlands Too!!!!!

Female dragonflies lay eggs in or near water. After about two weeks, the eggs hatch and an immature dragonfly, or nymph, emerges. Dragonfly nymphs live in the water. As they grow, they molt (shed their skin). Nymphs of some species may take as long as three years to mature. Most of a dragonfly's life is spent in the larval stage beneath the waters surface, using internal gills to breathe. The life span ranges from about 6 months to over 7 years.
When the larva is ready to metamorphose into an adult, it climbs up a reed or other emergent plant at night. Exposure to air causes the larvae to begin breathing. The skin splits at a weak spot behind the head and the adult dragonfly crawls out of its old larval skin, waits for the sun to rise, pumps up its wings and flies off to feed on midges and flies.
HOW COOL IS THAT!!!!

Please use recycled paper when printing the Little Humbugs colouring sheet- many thanks.

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Comment by Marghanita Hughes on February 6, 2011 at 2:20pm
Hi Beth, thank you, I would be honored.  Please feel free to use  the post at any time.  The wetlands should be remembered all year round!!  Wishing you a beautiful Sunday............. Marghanita
Comment by beth chase on February 5, 2011 at 6:18am
What a great post. I have a blog TheNatureSchool.net and I would love to be able to post about this article and your web site. I know that the actual day has passed but you can never acknowledge wetlands too much.
Comment by Rebecca Brown on February 2, 2011 at 11:02pm
I'd love a copy of your book, Marghanita!  Teaching about wetlands was one of my favorite activities when I was teaching environmental education north of San Francisco!

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