Saskatchewan’s wetlands are disappearing.
Nature Conservancy of Canada is bringing attention to the plight of Canada’s wetlands during World Wetlands Day.
Wetlands cover about 13-percent of Canada and are about 25-percent of all the wetlands left in the world.
NCC conservation scientist, Cameron Wood, says we need to do better at preserving these ecosystems as they face threats from climate change, population growth and development.
Saskatchewan has more migratory birds nesting in wetlands than most other provinces and there is a lot of prairie surrounding these wetlands, which is ideal habitat for the birds.
These saturated lands protect and filter our drinking water, provide fish and wildlife habitats, buffer communities from property damage by storing floodwaters and maintain surface water flow during droughts.
Wood says Saskatchewan has lost 70 per cent of its original wetlands in settled areas of the province but it is in all of our best interests to protect them.