World Wetlands Day was celebrated by young and old on Sunday 02 Feb at Lauderdale Primary School.
Landcare Tasmania had a stall with a steady stream of visitors run by our awsome volunteers Finn (Ladcare Tas office volunteer), Adam (Glebe Hill Landcare Group), and Steph (Cambridge Primary School).
Approximately 300 people turned up to enjoy all the activities, info stalls, and entertainment, all in celebration of Wetlands - the kidneys of our environment.
Our volunteers spoke with people from all parts of the community. Some spoke of their decades-long experience tackling local weeds, some were from local schools keen to get more kids involved. All in all it was a fantastic day connecting with the community about caring for the land.
Highlights included tours of wetlands, bird watching at Ralphs Bay and a walk around the Roscommon constructed wetlands with Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick. Stalls promoting wetland conservation offered people an opportunity to chat informally with scientists and experts and for those seeking a more in depth wetlands experience, the fast and funky talks were a popular choice. Great music, good food, art and science kept both adults and kids engaged and entertained, many for the entire day. A terrific free Clarence Council event and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Tasmania's special wetland places!
Thanks to Mayor Doug Chipman for opening the event and Aunty Colleen Mundy and Aunty Cheryl Mundy for the Welcome to Country, always a special experience.
You can read more about the importance of wetlands in this interview with Eric Woehler on ABC Radio Hobart.
Check out some photos from the day!