World Wetlands Day 2002: USA


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World Wetlands Day, Feb 2. - and you thought it was Groundhog Day!

Come celebrate World Wetlands Day (WWD) in the Skagit Valley by touring restored estuarine wetlands, bird watching, and hearing tribal stories of the cultural significance of wetlands. The Pacific NW Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands invite you to learn more about wetlands of international significance and the importance of wetlands culturally. This year's WWD theme is "Wetlands: Water, Life, and Culture" . The day's itinerary is the following:

9 a.m. - noon Tour of Deepwater Slough in the Skagit delta

Boat access to restoration site will be provided. Four speakers will be present: Dr. Gregory Hood, from the Skagit System Cooperative; Alison Studley, of the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group; John Garrett, of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; and Todd Mitchell, a scientist and tribal member of the Swinomish Tribe. Speakers will discuss details of the Deepwater Slough restoration as well as other restoration and monitoring activities in the basin. Group is to meet at the Skagit Wildlife Area boat launch, located off Wylie Rd. on Fir Island; check for additional directions and information

noon -3 p.m. Guided bird watching on Fir Island

John Garrett will lead participants to the best locations for bird observation, particularly snowgeese and trumpeter swans, present in this area in the winter.

3-5 p.m. Cultural presentation on wetlands at the Swinomish Spiritual Center in La Conner

Larry Campbell, the Cultural Resource Planner and a tribal member of the Swinomish, will give a presentation on the significance of wetlands to their culture, including current efforts to record oral history of the cultural importance of wetland plants. Group will meet at the Swinomish Administration Building, 11404 Moorage Way, and proceed from there to the Spiritual Center.

Please come dressed appropriately for field conditions (warm clothing, raingear, boots) and bring your own lunch. All of the day's activities are free of charge and will occur rain or shine. Contact Sarah Suggs at 425-649-7124 or  if you need additional information or directions for WWD. I hope to see you there!

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