Today, February 2nd, is World Wetlands Day! This year’s theme is “Wetlands and Water,” focusing on the importance of wetlands and their crucial role in contributing to the quality and quantity of freshwater available on Earth.
The Southern Conservation Trust proudly protects more than 85 properties containing various types of inland and coastal wetlands habitats. Sams Lake Bird Sanctuary in Fayette County, GA, is a 56-acre wetland habitat restored by the City of Atlanta as required mitigation for the wetlands disturbed from constructing the fifth runway at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. In addition to the initial water control structures, beavers have since made Sams Lake their home and dammed a large portion of the property providing ample habitat for numerous wildlife species. Some wildlife species you may see at Sams Lake include Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Belted Kingfishers, Mallards, Purple Finches, turtles, muskrats, to name a few.
For more information about World Wetlands Day and how you can help protect wetlands and freshwater, please visit: https://www.worldwetlandsday.org/about
Additionally, we’ve included a great activity guide from the National Environmental Education Foundation for kids to learn more about wetlands and how important wetlands are for a harmonious planet.