Happy wetland lovers!
As the season changes, it is nice to reflect on what the Carolina Wetlands Association has been doing and what to look forward to.
Give the problems presented by the pandemic, our tours of the 2020 Wetland Treasures of the Carolinas were put on hold and we did virtual tours instead. The virtual tours are a nice addition to our webpage; however, we are looking to scheduling in person tours soon, so keep checking our newsletter and webpage for announcements. We look forward to seeing you again.
For those of you who have volunteered to help with our Volunteer Wetlands Monitoring Program, we know it has been frustrating since the pandemic has altered our plans. We are working to prepare training materials on the volunteer monitoring protocol. Be patient and we will get some of you out in the field soon to start test the monitoring protocol and help with initial site set-up.
We have also been working on our proposal for Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (a 2020 Wetland Treasure of the Carolinas) to be designated as a Wetland of International Importance (a.k.a. Ramsar Site) link. If accepted, it would be the first Ramsar Site in North Carolina. Huge thanks to George Howard, Kristie Gianopulos, and Curt Richardson. There are two Ramsar sites in South Carolina: Francis Beidler Forest and Congaree National Park. This is truly an exciting effort by the Carolina Wetlands Association.
Finally, we are very busy working on getting funding to help with our efforts with three coastal communities to protect and preserve their wetland resources and to restore wetlands that can help mitigate flooding.
We are currently operating our wetland photo contest that will be used to make our 2021 calendar. I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to show your photography skills. If one of your pictures are chosen for the calendar, you get a free calendar, so let’s see those beautiful wetland photos!
There is a lot of important and exciting work going on by the organization and I hope you will consider making a financial contribution and volunteer in one or more of our efforts. We cannot do this work without your support.
Thanks much and go explore a wetland!