Raising wetland awareness

Semiahmoo groups to host Jan. 31 event in honour of World Wetland Day

A quartet of environment-focused groups on the Semiahmoo Peninsula are inviting residents to mark World Wetlands Day by learning a little more about local stewardship of the area’s endangered habitats and the creatures that call them home.

The Jan. 31 event – hosted by Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society, Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club, the Little Campbell Watershed Society and A Rocha Field Centre – is to include a guided walk and details of ongoing efforts to conserve the once-extirpated Salish Sucker.

World Wetlands Day has been marked annually since 1997, to raise awareness about wetlands, which boast habitat that is critical to the survival of many plant and animal species.

Those planning to attend Jan. 31 are asked to wear walking shoes or boots and be prepared for cold, wet weather.

The 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. event will go ahead rain or shine, starting at the Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club clubhouse (1284 184 St.) and wrapping up at the A Rocha Field Centre (19353 16 Ave.).

The event is family-friendly and open to all ages. Organizers note that while the forest trail at the hatchery is accessible to all, a steep trail at the A Rocha Field Centre requires mobility.

For more information or to register, email Marg at blueheron@birdsonthebay.ca