Feb. 2 is World Wetlands Day
Livelihoods from fishing, rice farming, travel, tourism, and water provision all depend on wetlands. And wetlands are vital to us in many other ways. They host a huge variety of life, protect our coastlines, provide natural sponges against river flooding, and store carbon dioxide to regulate climate change.
Unfortunately, wetlands are often viewed as wasteland, and more than 64% of our wetlands have disappeared since 1900. Enabling people to make a decent living, and at the same time ensuring that wetlands can still provide their essential benefits, do not have to be conflicting goals!
Help us spread awareness about the importance of wetlands. Join us for World Wetlands Day 2016 – and beyond! Here's how you can get involved: worldwetlandsday.org
World Wetland Day
February 2, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Oak Hammock Marsh
World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on February 2. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
Celebrate this very important day for the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre. Take in a special presentation, learn to play “Shuffle-Duck”, visit our hands-on exhibits, and tour the marsh on a guided snowshoe walk to learn about the importance of wetlands around the world.
Free Winter Family Fishing Weekend
February 13 - 15
Province-wide, except for national parks
From February 13 to 15, anglers will be able to fish province-wide without a fishing license*. To help ensure a safe and enjoyable winter fishing experience:
For more information on the free Winter Family Fishing Weekend, please call 204-945-6784 or view the 2015 Manitoba Anglers Guide.
- check that conditions are safe before venturing onto the ice
- let someone know where you are fishing
- wear appropriate clothing
* Conservation fish limits will apply.
*A federal licence will still be required to fish in national parks.
Reel Green Fundraiser and Reception
March 10, 7:00 pm
The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, Winnipeg
An evening of inspiring short films that celebrate our natural environment. Cash bar, delicious food, raffle, and live auctions. Evening hosted by Global News reporter, Talia Ricci.
Tickets on Sale Now! $50 each ($25 tax receipt)
Visit reelgreen.brownpapertickets.com or call 204-947-6511 to purchase your tickets. Proceeds support Manitoba Eco-Network programs and public education and awareness projects.
Stormwater Management and Climate Change Workshop
March 22, 7:45 am - 5:00 pm
Are you interested in exploring how climate change will impact water systems? Join the Canadian Water Resource Association for an interactive 1-day workshop for graduate students and young professionals in. We’ll be discussing nutrient management, resiliency planning and grey and green infrastructure solutions.
Learn more about:
More information and application.
- Winnipeg's strategy to balance stormwater needs through grey/green infrastructure
- the science and success of naturalized wetlands
- stormwater conveyance structures to accommodate changing conditions
Water Information Directory
The Water Information Directory, a publication of the Manitoba Eco-Network, has been updated. It was developed to:
This directory is a work in progress, and not an exhaustive list of presenters, professionals, organizations, and agencies working on water issues. If you would like your information considered for inclusion in this document, please get in touch with us.
- respond to media requests for professionals to comment on water issues respond to schools and groups seeking presentations on water issues
- provide referrals to public requests for information on water issues
- increase participation in consultation processes on water issues
- create a pool of potential guest presenters for Manitoba Eco-Network events
- increase our capacity to network for stronger partnerships and campaigns
- better understand the water community in Manitoba and identify action/information gaps and common concerns