Celebrating Coastal Wetlands this World Wetlands Day!

The 2nd of February is recognised globally as World Wetlands Day (WWD), raising awareness of the myriad of essential ecosystem, social and cultural services these areas provide.

This year we celebrated with three events; the opening of the Photo Exhibition “Our Estuaries – A Bird Haven”, the annual wetland walk at Chapman River Estuary and the inaugural walk at Greenough River.

The Photo Exhibition, held at Geraldton Regional Library, displays some of the amazing bird life that inhabit the Chapman and Greenough River Estuaries as captured by passionate and talented local photographers. The exhibition opened on Thursday 2nd of February and will remain on display until Monday 27th of February.

The first of the wetland walks was held at Chapman River on Saturday 3rd February, hosted by Chapman River Friends (CRF) and Birdlife Midwest. Those who joined the early morning walk along the North side of the Chapman estuary were rewarded with tranquil views and a variety of exciting bird sightings. Virginie from CRF, Alice from Birdlife Midwest and NACC NRMs Coastcare Support Officer Alanah Campbell, explained the significance of this rich and fragile habitat. Alice provided scopes and binoculars for walkers to observe the local wildlife. Thank you so much to all the volunteers who helped during the event and everyone for a fantastic morning.

The newly formed Greenough River Friends and Birdlife Midwest hosted the second wetland walk at Greenough River. NACC NRMs Coastal Guru Mic Payne, Alice from Birdlife Midwest-Geraldton and Fleur from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation led the group and shared their wealth of knowledge on the importance of wetlands and the various species that inhabit, feed and rest in these areas.

All events were followed by delicious treats and time to mingle with friends old and new. Thank you to all who attended these events, they are always a favourite for our Coastal and Marine team.

Alanah Campbell – Coastcare Support Officer

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