Saturday 2 February is World Wetlands Day 2019 and as the home to some of Sydney’s most important wetland areas, Sydney Olympic Park will play host to a number of events to celebrate the occasion.
The theme for this year’s awareness day is Wetlands and Climate Change, and the day is an opportunity to raise awareness and engage the public in helping to protect, enhance and conserve our wetlands.
Sydney Olympic Park has estuarine and freshwater wetlands which are home to hundreds of species, including aquatic life. Together the mangroves and saltmarsh wetlands within the Park form the largest wetlands on the Parramatta River system and the second-largest in the greater Sydney basin.
The Park’s wetlands are a great natural asset and Sydney Olympic Park Authority is internationally recognised for its wetlands management practices in a challenging urban environment, striking a balance between nature and development.
A number of activities are planned as part of a week-long program of free events to celebrate World Wetlands Day. They include Meet the Park Ranger, Pre-school Excursion, Bird Identification Training, Bird Watching in the Park, and a Clean-up Our Wetlands event.
These activities will be run by the Authority in partnership with various stakeholders, including Birdlife Australia, Charles Sturt University and Macquarie University.
The Authority will also host its long-running Wetland Education and Training workshop at the Education Centre in Bicentennial Park on Friday 8 February, featuring a presentation from world-renowned mangrove researcher, Professor Sangeran Naidoo from South Africa.
More information about the events and activities taking place at Sydney Olympic Park in conjunction with World Wetlands Day is available at sydneyolympicpark.com.au