February 2015
We hope you will help us celebrate World Wetland Day today, February 2nd!  Read more below to see how you can participate.
Also, find out more about our 2015 seasonal Wetland Naturalist job posting (closing date is March 6th) and the upcoming Creston Valley Bird Festival running May 8-10.
Thanks for your interest and support!
Carla Ahern
Director of Communications, Stewardship and Education
World Wetlands Day - February 2nd
Wetlands are such an important element in maintaining a healthy planet. Wetlands not only help to purify and clean water, but they replenish groundwater and act as a natural sponge in protection from flooding and drought. Also, wildlife rely on wetlands for habitat and people use wetlands for recreation and subsistence.
Often times, wetlands are considered wastelands and are drained, filled in and developed on. It is estimated that 64% of the world’s wetlands have disappeared since 1900.
To promote awareness and understanding of the importance of wetlands worldwide, Ramsar created World Wetlands Day to mark the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2, 1971, held in the city of Ramsar in Iran.   Their goal is to increase the public awareness about the importance and values of wetlands.
The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area is a designated Ramsar site, one of 37 sites in Canada. With 17,000 acres of wetland and riparian habitat, the area plays a significant role for wildlife, humans and environmental health. We ask you to join us today in celebrating this wetland and wetlands across the world.
Browse this great Wetland Fact Sheet put together by Ramsar for more information on why wetlands are so important.
Photo Contest
If you are a youth aged 15-24, check out this great photo contest!
Take a picture in a wetland location between February 2 and March 2, 2015 and then upload it starting February 2 for a chance to win a free flight to a wetland location anywhere in the world.
Job Posting - Seasonal Wetland Naturalists
Article ImageWe are now accepting applications for our 2015 seasonal Wetland Naturalist positions that run from May to August.
To see more details on the job and how to apply, please click here.  Closing date is March 6th.
Here is what some past staff members had to say about the position:
"My position working as a seasonal naturalist taught me the importance of education in wildlife management. Education assures that conservation issues will always be relevant to the general public, thus assuring the longevity of organizations such as the CVWMA."  - Sam (2014)
"Between working with the public, leading school groups and engaging with the outdoors, I have benefitted richly from my work at CVWMA. The naturalist position has been more than a summer job for me as I feel it has provided the opportunity to make a difference, not only to our local wildlife management area, but also to its visitors and educational groups, as well as to my own individual growth and career development."  - Brendan (2013 & 2014)
Creston Valley Bird Festival - May 8-10
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The Creston Valley Bird Festival is gearing up for its third year.  
The roster of presentations, birding tours and valley events are all available to view on their website so please click here.
The CVWMA will be offering guided canoe tours and a Family-Bird-a-Thon event on Saturday, May 9th.  If you are interested in participating in any of these or other events, you can register through the Bird Fest website which will be open for registration in early March.
Wildlife Centre
Wildlife Centre will reopen for the season on Saturday, May 9th.  This coincides with the 3rd Annual Creston Valley Bird Festival.
To find out more about the festival please click here.

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