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Today is World Wetlands Day

Posted February 2, 2016 by LSC

World Wetlands Day is celebrated each year to mark the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2, 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar.

Did you know…there are three Ramsar sites in Alberta, including:

Peace-Athabasca River Delta – composed of three river deltas and four large freshwater lakes with rich growths of aquatic vegetation, linked to Lake Athabasca by meandering river channels. One of the most important nesting, resting and feeding areas for numerous species of waterbirds in North America. Up to 400,000 birds occur during spring migration, and more than one million occur in the fall. The delta meadows provide grazing for several hundred free-roaming bison, one of 44 other mammals recorded.

Hay-Zama Lakes – a vast wetland complex associated with the Peace River consisting of a series of freshwater lakes, floodplains and river deltas. The site holds large numbers of ducks (200,000 in fall) and geese (up to 177,000) during spring and fall migrations.

Beaverhill Lake – is an important breeding and staging area for various migratory waterbirds. Nesting species include a variety of ducks, colonies of Pelecanus erythrorhynchus and Phalacrocorax auritus. Spectacular numbers of birds occur particularly during fall migration, when over 200,000 Anatidae (ducks, geese, swans, etc.) gather. Notable concentrations (for the prairie region) of migratory shorebirds also occur.

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