- Published on Wednesday, 01 February 2012 23:44
Every year, February 2nd marks the celebration of World Wetlands Day, an international event which aims to raise awareness about the importance of wetlands world-wide. The date marks the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands which took place in Ramsar, Iran on February 2nd, 1971. Read more about the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands here.
The Colorado River Delta is host to two RAMSAR sites, otherwise known as Wetlands of International Importance. These include: Humedales del Delta del Rio Colorado and El Sistema de Humedales Remanentes del Delta del Rio Colorado. Follow this link to read more about these wetlands.
Today we are celebrating the wetlands of the Colorado River Delta at Las Arenitas wetland--a wastewater treatment wetland designed and developed by a collaborative team including the Sonoran Institute, Pronatura Noroeste, and various federal, state and local government agencies. The theme for this year's celebration is Wetlands and Tourism. Find out more about the theme here. Las Arenitas wetland currently hosts over 141 different bird species, making it a great place for bird watching and simply enjoying the natural beauty of the Mexicali Valley.
Above photo: View over Las Arenitas wetland of Cerro Prieto.
Photo credit: Sonoran Institute