World Wetlands Day

Wetlands Discovery Center Celebrates World Wetlands Day

The South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center will host Terrebonne Parish’s eighth annual World Wetlands Day celebration on Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum.

Each February, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and groups of citizens worldwide undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general.

This year’s World Wetlands Day theme is Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction. Wetlands act as nature’s protective buffer for coastal communities by absorbing and storing rainfall, preventing disastrous flooding. These coastal communities depend on this natural protection and are facing challenges as the wetlands quickly disappear. Studies have found at least 64% of our coastal wetlands have been lost since 1900. The protection and restoration of the wetlands are crucial for reducing the damage caused by extreme weather events.

To celebrate World Wetlands Day, the Wetlands Discovery Center will host an educational event complete with hands-on activities and a tour of the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum in Downtown Houma.

“World Wetlands Day gives the Wetlands Discovery Center an opportunity to give back to our community by inviting students from three schools to attend this field trip free of charge.  We work hard during the year to raise the funds to be able to produce these programs.  We’re also very lucky to have several groups that partner with us to provide the hands-on activities during the day.  These groups include BTNEP, LSU Wildlife Hospital of LA, CWPPRA, USDA Sugarcane Research Station, and LA Wildlife and Fisheries.”

Terrebonne Parish’s 2017 World Wetlands Day is made possible by funds raised by the 2016 Rougarou Fest.

For more information about the Wetlands Discovery Center or its programs, please visit www.slwdc.org or call (985) 580-7289.