World Wetlands Day 2009 -- Canada -- Ontario


World Wetlands Day – 2009

Report: Canada: Cathy Grant, Outreach and Education Instructor, Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, Oshawa, Ontario.

About Us:

Central Lake Ontario Conservation is just one of the 36 Conservation Authorities located across Ontario. We own over 5,000 acres of floodplain, waterfront, valleyland and environmentally significant land. Our mission is to work towards the awareness, understanding, wise use and enhancement of our watershed resources for the benefit of the natural environment.

We have been promoting World Wetlands Day since 2007. In 2007, it was an information package available to the public and given to some local schools. In 2008 and again this year we advertised snowshoeing at the Lynde Shores Conservation Area in Whitby, Ontario. The Lynde Shores Conservation Area was established in 1972; it contains two provincially significant wetlands: Cranberry Marsh and Lynde Creek Marsh classified by the Ministry of Natural Resources in 1983.

World Wetlands Day

Our snowshoeing event this year was great fun, the weather was perfect for snowshoeing. Our visitors not only had a chance to snowshoe but also were able to get up close to the birds that call Lynde Shores their home. We also had a special guest visit us. One of our participants made WWD a class project. He had to bring along “nobody”, a denim doll, and help turn it into a somebody by teaching it about helping others. Students could choose people, animal, plants or the environment. “Nobody” was taught the importance of wetlands and why they need to be protected.

Tye with Nobody and chickadee

Tye with Nobody and Ella

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