Celebrate World Wetlands Day all year long
Wetlands are a valuable and beautiful part of our Texas landscape. On HARC’s blog, we have written about the benefits that wetlands provide to our water quality, our habitat diversity and our flood risk and why wetlands are important to the Houston-Galveston region and the state. We also touched on what we can do to protect and conserve our wetlands, but what about experiencing them first hand?
February 2nd is World Wetlands Day and we encourage you to get to know your wetlands!
Visit your local wetlands
Wetlands are all around us. Here is a list of some of great wetland sites to visit in and around Houston and Galveston Bay:
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
Armand Bayou Nature Center
Eddie V. Gary Wetland Center
Galveston Island State Park
Sheldon Lake State Park
Texas City Prairie Preserve
Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge
The best way to enjoy your wetland
Wetlands are gorgeous! They are a wonderful spot to simply enjoy a beautiful day and the sounds of water lapping and grasses rustling in the wind. Wetlands are the perfect place for birding and wildlife watching whether from walking paths, viewing platforms or kayak. Every season offers something different: from fishing to butterflies to migratory birds.
Be social in wetlands
Want to go out with a group? Many of our region’s wetland parks offer tours and educational programs that can help you see and experience more during your visit. Volunteering is a great way to get to know people and enjoy time in wetlands. Check out Scenic Galveston’s website for volunteer opportunities. The Galveston Bay Foundation’s Marsh Mania is an annual restoration event that will be in Dickinson April 22, 2017. The annual Trash Bash will be cleaning up waterway trash and debris from locations all over Houston and Galveston Bay on March 25, 2017.
Learn more about what’s happening with wetlands
HARC’s researchers are tracking changes in wetland acreage with the Galveston Bay Report Card, studying how created wetlands can help regulate storm water, providing resources for wetland friendly oil and gas exploration, and assessing how permits to alter wetlands are impacting our area. Interact with these projects and more here.