World Wetlands Day Feb. 2, 2013

What is World Wetlands Day?

February 2 each year is World Wetlands Day. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Each year since 1997, the Ramsar Secretariat has provided materials so that government agencies, non-governmental organizations, conservation organizations, and groups of citizens can help raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands.

Midlands Acres

Black-necked Stilts, Midland Acres wetland, Grand Cayman. The pond, surrounded by Red, Black and White Mangroves, green Buttonwood and Bulrush/Cat-tail – Typha domingensis is a habitat for resident as well as migratory and Winter Visitor birds. Photo: Ann Stafford, Jan.30, 2013

Black-necked Stilts, Midland Acres wetland, Grand Cayman. The pond, surrounded by Red, Black and White Mangroves, green Buttonwood and Bulrush/Cat-tail – Typha domingensis is a habitat for resident as well as migratory and Winter Visitor birds. Photo: Ann Stafford, Jan.30, 2013

Mangrove Buckeye - Junonia evarete, Family: NYMPHALIDAE, nectaring on White Mangrove. Photo: Ann Stafford, Aug10-08

Mangrove Buckeye – Junonia evarete, Family: NYMPHALIDAE, nectaring on White Mangrove – Laguncularia racemosa. Photo: Ann Stafford, Aug.10, 2008

Mangrove BuckeyeJunonia evarete, Family: NYMPHALIDAE, its only larval food plant is Black Mangrove – Avicennia germinans, Family: AVICENNIACEAE.

Meagre Bay Pond

Meagre Bay Pond, east of Bodden Town, Grand Cayman, is a protected area designated as an Animal Sanctuary. This large saline lagoon is part of the larger Central Mangrove Wetlands, which have been proposed as a Ramsar site. It is a favorite spot to watch resident and migratory birds, ducks, waders, shorebirds, Osprey and Merlin.

Meagre Bay Pond sign, Bodden Town Guard House Park. This saline lagoon is a favorite spot to watch resident and migratory birds.

Meagre Bay Pond sign, Bodden Town Guard House Park. This saline lagoon is a favorite spot to watch resident and migratory birds.

Meagre Bay Pond is a protected area designated as an Animal Sanctuary. It is part of the larger Central Mangrove Wetlands. Nov.6, 2011

Meagre Bay Pond, east of Bodden Town, is a protected area, designated as an Animal Sanctuary. It is part of the larger Central Mangrove Wetlands. Grand Cayman, Nov.6, 2011

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