Take a guided tour of Panboola's wetlands

Gang-gang cockatoos are currently visiting Panboola, they are listed as a 'vulnerable' species under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act.
Gang-gang cockatoos are currently visiting Panboola, they are listed as a 'vulnerable' species under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act.

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on February 2 to raise global awareness about the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet. It also marks the adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar.

The theme for 2020 is 'Wetlands and Biodiversity' and project co-ordinator at Panboola, Michelle Richmond said it was something celebrated all the time at Panboola.

"Everyday at Panboola we celebrate the vital role the wetlands play in providing important habitat and as a critical breeding ground for a great variety of species," Ms Richmond said.

"With over 160 bird species, several endangered ecological communities and a number of threatened and vulnerable animals, Panboola plays a key role in providing habitat and helping to maintain the regions biodiversity.

"Across the world wetlands are home to so many unique flora and fauna species. In dry conditions, wetlands can act as a refuge providing shade, water, food and relief from high temperatures" Ms Richmond said.

"Sadly however latest estimates show our biodiversity is declining, and internationally wetlands are disappearing three times faster than forests.

"Wetlands provide an important and natural solution, in adapting to, and mitigating the impact of climate change, specifically in terms of their role in water storage, as buffers against storms and as they can sequester carbon dioxide.

"Wetlands are also the kidneys of our river system, filtering the various sediments and nutrients collected from the landscape," Ms Richmond said

As part of the Pambula Village 'Share the Love' event Panboola will be offering free guided tours on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16 at 9am.

Meet under the eagle and nest sculpture, come for an easy stroll and learn more about our wetlands, their biodiversity and why they matter.

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