World Wetlands Day

February 1st, 2013
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Kawainui Marsh is one of the celebrated wetlands of the world. Photo from Starbulletin 2007 archives.

Kawainui Marsh is one of the celebrated wetlands of the world. Photo from Starbulletin 2007 archives.

Tomorrow is World Wetlands Day.

Celebrate World Wetlands Day at the Hamakua-Kawainui Marsh Complex and Ulupo Heiau from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 2) at 1110 Kailua Rd.

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife and Ho‘olaulima are sponsoring the community event, which will offer tours of the wetland, live Hawaiian music and local food. There will also be educational exhibits and a climbing wall for keiki.

The theme this year is "Wetlands Take Care of Water."

World Wetlands Day, which also falls on Groundhog Day, commemorates the day the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty, was signed in 1971.

The Ramsar Convention, signed in Ramsar, Iran, embodies the commitments of its member countries to maintain the ecological character of their Wetlands of International Importance.

World Wetlands Day will be celebrated concurrently throughout the globe. Events are also planned across the glob — from  Uganda to Greece to Singapore and the mainland U.S.

A restoration of nearly 40 acres of wildlife habitat within the 830-acre Kawainui Marsh is expected to be completed soon. Read more about it (and see some beautiful photos of marsh birds) in this blog by nature photographer Nathan Yuen.

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