World Wetlands Day, February 2, aims to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet.

This year’s theme ‘Wetlands and Water’ shines a spotlight on wetlands as a source of freshwater and encourages actions to restore them and stop their loss. The campaign highlights the contribution of wetlands to the quantity and quality of freshwater on our planet. Water and wetlands are connected in an inseparable co-existence that is vital to life, our wellbeing and the health of our planet.

On World Wetlands Day, we take a look at some fun facts you might not know about these unique ecosystems.

  • During heavy rain marshes act as a buffer for excess rain in our environment. When an area gets a lot of rain, the wetlands soak up excess water like a sponge.
  • Wetlands have the ability to clean the water that flows through them. As sediment, excess nutrients and chemicals flow off of the land, wetlands filter the run off before it reaches the river.
  • Fish larvae and fish fry use the calm, shallow waters of wetlands as a nursery, amphibians and many species of birds use these areas for shelter.
  • A number of species rely on the vegetation found in wetlands.
  • The threats to wetlands continue as many of the wetlands are still being drained, destroyed and replaced with agricultural fields, commercial and residential urban developments.

Learn more about the importance of these natural resources from our many exhibits inside and outside our centre.

The Fluvarium celebrated World Wetlands Day early on Saturday, January 30th, the children brought adults who are still kids at heart to join us as we marked the importance of this valuable natural resource through enlightening talks, hands on demonstrations and creative crafts!

Each hour, our experienced environmental educator, Bob entertained our visitors with an investigation into some of the invertebrates (bugs) found in the freshwater world of our province!

The children AND adults enjoyed our ‘amazing’ amphibian talk! What do you mean; a green frog can be blue???  Some visitors were excited to see our toad and frog jump around on the floor, while others were a little afraid .

We had a craft table set up to make your own ‘toilet paper roll Green Frog!  What cute frogs they were!

“Wetland Trivia,” tested your knowledge of Newfoundland Freshwater Ecosystems. Beavers can hold their breath for 10 minutes under the water!!!

And most importantly, our visitors peered into the winter waters of Nagles Hill Brook, observing brown trout in this pristine natural wetland!