World Wetlands Day 2015

WetlandPerspectivesWorld Wetlands Day is Monday 2 February. World Wetlands Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) in Ramsar, Iran, on 2 February 1971.

To celebrate and raise awareness of local wetlands, there will be an exhibition of my photography at Leichhardt Library during the week  together with a launch event and short talk on Wednesday 4 February. Bookings can be made here.

To celebrate World Wetlands Day 2015 the library will be hosting an exhibition of Cameron’s photography which documents the artistic side to our local wetlands, drawing out a perspective unique to a scientist spending much of his summer in gum boots and insect repellent! To launch his photographic exhibition Cameron will be giving a short talk on the importance of understanding our local wetlands and the joys of working out how exactly mosquitoes fit into this complex ecosystem. Cameron studies mosquitoes and their role in local wetlands for NSW Health Pathology and The University of Sydney. His work takes him to many varied wetlands around Sydney and beyond. These often maligned environments hold a beauty and intrigue that few see. Threatened by a changing climate, pollution and urbanisation, wetland plants and animals are critical to our local environment.


Wetlands are not only beautiful but they can provide critical habitat for a number of rare or endangered plants or animals. An example of sharp-tailed sandpipers in Hexham Swamp, Newcastle

Leichhardt Council has its own very special wetland at Whites Creek, Annandale. This is a very special ecological and educational resource located close to the central business district of Sydney. Well worth a visit!

For more information on wetlands, particularly urban wetlands and their conservation, please download this free eBook “Workbook for Managing Urban Wetlands in Australia“.

Join the fun of World Wetlands Day on Twitter by checking out #worldwetlandsday or join the conversation this week with those visiting #wetlandperspectives