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Ramsar Convention

There are 2,430 Ramsar sites scattered around the world. Designated Wetlands of International Importance, they are deemed as significant wetland ecosystems on a global scale. They are marvellous protected lands that are rich with flora & fauna living in the beautiful wetland habitats, they have been protecting these areas since the Convention was launched in 1971 in Ramsar, Iran & came into force in 1975.

For more information on the Ramsar Convention and its sites, visit www.ramsar.org

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About Wetlands of International Importance

My favourite Ramsar Sites are located in the United States of America and include in order:
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge; Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and Everglades National Park. I been very fortunate to have visited a great number of the 220 Sites in North America &
have been to most in my own country. I am just missing the ones in the High Arctic and have yet
to explore those found in Mexico.

The Convention’s mission is “the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world”.
Wetlands are among the most diverse & productive ecosystems. They provide essential services
& supply all our fresh water. However they continue to be degraded & converted to other uses.
The Convention uses a broad definition of wetlands. It includes all lakes & rivers, underground aquifers, swamps & marshes, wet grasslands, peatlands, oases, estuaries, deltas & tidal flats, mangroves & other coastal areas, coral reefs, & all human-made sites such as fish ponds, rice paddies, reservoirs & salt pans.

Boreal Forest
Boreal Forest

Whooping Crane Summer Range, Wood Buffalo National Park, Northwest Territories, Canada. Ramsar site no. 240.

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Head Waters of the Columbia
Head Waters of the Columbia

Columbia Wetlands, British Columbia, Canada. Ramsar site no. 1463.

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Rainy Day at the Marsh
Rainy Day at the Marsh

Delta Marsh Wildlife Management Area, Manitoba, Canada. Ramsar site no. 649.

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Boreal Forest
Boreal Forest

Whooping Crane Summer Range, Wood Buffalo National Park, Northwest Territories, Canada. Ramsar site no. 240.

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Lush Green

Northern Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans melanota) Baie de les grenouilles, Lac Saint-François National Wildlife Area, Quebec, Canada. Ramsar site no. 361. This was my first published photo & it was with the Ramsar Convention I got started.

Evening Grosebeak

Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) Mer Bleue Conservation Area, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Ramsar site no. 755.

Flower Pot Rocks

The Rocks Provincial Park, Shepody Bay National Wildlife Area, New Brunswick, Canada. Ramsar site no. 363.

Yerba Mansa

Yerba Mansa (Anemopsis californica) Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada, United States. Ramsar site no. 347.

Blanchard's Cricket Frog

Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans blanchardi) Cache River-Cypress Creek Wetlands National Wildlife Refuge, Illinois, United States • Ramsar Site no. 711

Parrot Pitcher Plant

Parrot Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia psittacina) Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia, United States. Ramsar site no. 350. Endemic in United States: native and occurs nowhere else.

Coiled Snake

Wandering Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans ssp. vagrans) Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, British Columbia, Canada. Ramsar site no. 649.

Lizard Warning

Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei) Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Florida, United States. Ramsar site no. 1888.

Bee in the NWT

Two-ranked Bumble Bee (Bombus bifarius) Whooping Crane Summer Range, Wood Buffalo National Park, Northwest Territories, Canada. Ramsar site no. 240.

Everglades Gator

American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) Everglades National Park, Florida, United States of America. Ramsar site no. 374. Conservation Status: Threatened due to similarity of appearance (T (S/A)) (T (S/A)) in United States (USFWS).

Chewi

Richardson's Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus richardsonii) Oak Hammock Marsh Wildlife Management Area, Manitoba, Canada. Ramsar site no. 366.

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