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Celebrate World Wetlands Day Tomorrow


World Wetlands Day tomorrow will be celebrated by the Parks and Wildlife Service with Discovery Ranger activities around the state including activities at the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre in Launceston.

World Wetlands Day is celebrated each year on February 2.

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

Tamar Island Wetlands Centre business manager Alison Moore said the activities will help people to better understand the wetland environment and its values.

"The theme for this year's World Wetlands Day is Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People, which recognises the importance of the impacts of wetland-related diseases and poor sanitation on the quality of water and wetlands," Ms Moore said.

"Wetlands have many functions including providing habitat for a wide range of plants, bird and animals including reptiles, fish, amphibians and invertebrates".

Discovery Ranger activities at the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre will include: talks about migratory and resident shorebirds, guided walks and special children's activities.

Specialist guest speakers from Birds Australia, Fisheries Tasmania and the Gambusia (a pest fish species) project officer with Tamar Region Natural Resource Management will be on hand to talk with visitors.

A range of wetland activities will also be offered as part of the Parks and Wildlife Service's Discovery Ranger program that has been running at parks and reserves throughout January.

These include bird watching, nature walks, and shorebird activities at locations including Goulds Lagoon in Hobart, Bridport, Moulting Lagoon near Freycinet, St Helens, and at Narawntapu National Park.

For more information about the activities at the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre call (03) 6327 3964 or check the PWS website at www.parks.tas.gov.au or local parks offices for information about the Discovery Ranger activities.