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Special celebration planned at Hunter Wetlands Centre


The Hunter Wetlands Centre will host a special event next month to mark a significant global celebration.

To acknowledge World Wetlands Day, the Shortland facility – a leader in conservation, education and research, providing a sanctuary for a diverse range of wildlife – is busily preparing an array of engaging activities designed for all ages and interests on Saturday 3 February.

That includes a breakfast with the birds photography tour, canoe excursions of the estuary, a native plant sale and more.

“This year is particularly momentous as we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Hunter Wetlands Trust, the visionary body behind the founding of the Hunter Wetlands Centre,” general manager James Wilson said.

“In 1984, Max Maddock had an incredible vision to restore old rugby fields into local wetlands.

“Four decades on, thanks to a continuing group of volunteers and support from the Hunter community, our 43-hectare site is now an internationally-recognised wetlands.

“We welcome tens of thousands of visitors through the door annually.

“So, it aligns with this year’s global theme: Wetlands and Human Wellbeing.

“Research shows wetland landscapes positively impact mental health and wellbeing.

“The theme also emphasises the critical role of wetlands in sustaining and improving human life, underscoring their importance in providing water, food, biodiversity, livelihoods and protection against extreme weather and climate change impacts.”

The Hunter Wetlands Centre’s 3 February program includes:

  • Breakfast with the Birds Photography Tour: A fantastic opportunity to capture the beauty of wetland birds in the morning light
  • Canoe Tours of the Estuary: Explore the wetlands from a water-level perspective
  • Hunter Birds Observers Club Fledglings Activities for Kids: Engaging young minds with the wonders of wetland birdlife
  • Free Guided Tour of the Wetlands: Learn about the wetland’s flora, fauna and ecological importance
  • Native Plant Sale: Take home a piece of the wetlands and contribute to local biodiversity

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