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Celebrate World Wetlands Day


World Wetlands Day will be celebrated by the Parks and Wildlife Service in three locations across the State on Monday, February 2, 2009.

It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands, the Ramsar Convention, in Ramsar, Iran, on 2 February 1971.

This year's theme is Upstream-Downstream: Wetlands connect us all.

Tamar Island Wetlands Centre business coordinator, Alison Moore said activities will be held at its venue to help people to better understand the wetland environment and its values.

"This year's theme explores river basins and how interconnected we are all within the river basin, how we can be impacted by the activities of those upstream and how our activities affect those downstream," Mrs Moore said.

"Wetlands have many functions including providing habitat for a wide range of plants, bird and animals including; paperbark forests, pacific black ducks, white faced herons and grebes, native galaxiid fish, frogs, snakes and platypus."

The following activities are on offer:
Launceston's Tamar Island Wetlands Centre will hold activities from 10am to 3pm, including talks about the pest fish Gambusia and what is being done to manage its impacts in the wetlands, guided walks to Tamar Island, the Wetlands Treasure Hunt, good fishing practice demonstrations from the Inland Fisheries trailer and observing birds using a spotting scope.

The Parks and Wildlife Service's Discovery Ranger Program is also offering:
Goulds Lagoon, Austins Ferry, Hobart; a family fun day will be held from 10am to 2pm. Booking is essential by phoning 6233 6197.
Moulting Lagoon near Coles Bay, a Ramsar site; a World Wetlands Day activity will be held starting at 10am at the Swanwick boat ramp.

For more information about the activities at the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre call (03) 6327 3964. Further information about Discovery Ranger activities is available at the Tasmania Discoveries Guide website at http://www.discoveriesguide.depha.tas.gov.au or the PWS website at www.parks.tas.gov.au.