World Wetlands Day 2009 -- United States
World Wetlands Day in Columbus, USA
The Olentangy River Wetland Research Park (ORWRP) had an open house all day to celebrate World Wetland Day Feb 2, 2009. Things were warm and inviting even on a cold icy day with hot cider, cookies, and most important, food and displays from 6 countries (Costa Rica, Spain, Korea, Sweden, China, and Estonia). The displays were developed by graduate students, staff, and visiting scientists at the lab. We had displays of the Ramsar sites in several of those countries and/or research publications from the ORW at those locations. We also showed the 1-hour Korean documentary on wetland restoration that aired in Korea during the 2008 Ramsar COP. The ORWRP is featured prominently in that movie.
We were visited by Ohio State University President Gordon Gee and about 200 others during the day. Also Olentangy Olga, the muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) who appears every Feb 2, watched stoically from the nearby wetland. A good time was had by all.
Reported by Bill Mitsch
Participants view international exhibits at the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park World Wetland Day event
Costa Rica exhibit with food and publications alike.
OSU President Gordon Gee with Ulo Mander, Univ of Tartu, Estonia, at the Estonia exhibit
William J. Mitsch, Ph.D.
2004 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate
Distinguished Professor of Environment and Natural Resources
Director, Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park
Heffner Wetland Research and Education Building
352 W. Dodridge Street
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43202 USA