World Wetlands Day

Wetlands: what can I do?*

A question I asked myself many times over the last couple of years. With an answer that inspires me into action!

I am-

convinced that wetlands provide a multitude of benefits, including filtering our water, ensuring biodiversity, protecting our (watersheds), and mitigating climate change.”

I followed this belief to coordinate a “Friends” group of citizen-ecologists who are focused on learning about and interacting with a small wetland system that meanders through the city of Hillsboro, Oregon.


It is with great joy that I share today…

A link to “What I can do…”

Friends of Glencoe Swale

Please take a moment to share in my excitement by clicking the link above to find out more about my neighborhood wetland.

But before you go… consider what actions you can take for wetlands. These suggestions are from * The Ramsar Convention a global intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources:

  1. Open your eyes to the wetlands near you.
  2. Educate others.
  3. Organize a wetlands clean-up.
  4. Change your consumption habits.
  5. Manage your own garden consciously.
  6. Get involved in World Wetlands Day, (or a local watershed restoration project).
  7. Join with others to make a difference.
Resource used for this post:

Wetlands:what can I do?  Information flyer from The Ramsar Convention.


  1. Hi Jane, I’ve missed a few months – catching up on your posts. Am in full admiration for your ‘hands on’ approach in establishing the Friends of Glencoe Swale and for galvanising community action. Eagerly read your informative posts on the Tualatin River watershed targeting pollution and the collective approach to cooling the water. Food for thought and it highlights achievable actions. Clean water is becoming such a crucial asset, regardless of geographic location.


    1. Hello Liz-
      I understand missing a few months… You are not alone in that experience. Hope all is well for you.

      Your comments are very thought-full and appreciated. I believe we are off to a solid start. Building partnerships with local water-quality/ environment oriented agencies, and community members is a puzzle I am thoroughly enjoying putting together.

      Thank you for reading about the innovative program used in our watershed to target pollution and cooling the water. It is a fascinating and sensible approach… Working with nature’s own cycles to achieve water quality goals. My neighbors and I are getting into the home stretch for planting the native trees and shrubs we picked up.

      Along with coordinating the friends group comes opportunities for a lot of learning, and ideas for blog posts!


    1. Hi Ken-
      Great to hear you got news from the “bird count” people. I hope they also invited you to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend!
      Anxious to get back into seeing what you’ve been up to.

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            1. Thank you, Ken-
              It is wonderful… I’ve missed this piece of my life. Glad to have a series of family crisis events in better control. Dark clouds are turning lighter shades of gray, with increasing sun breaks!

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  2. It was really nice seeing a new post from you pop up in my reader this morning, Jane! I hope you are keeping well?

    Healthy wetlands are such an important part of our planet staying habitable, and yet they are probably among the most exploited ecosystems. We never learn, do we? I hope that your efforts with the Glencoe Swale will be richly rewarded!


    1. Oh… it’s wonderful to see you again as well! Life is getting a bit better here. We’ve had a string of family emergencies, but there does seem to be improvement on the horizon. I’ve missed hearing about you and my global friends over the past couple of months.

      I’m looking forward to the possibilities that lie ahead for our friends group to build awareness about wetland issues and to help improve our little watershed.Thank you for the good wishes 🙂 ❤

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  3. I grew up in a wetland area (back then they called it a swamp). I enjoyed seeing the diversity of plant and animal life around me, although I really had no awareness of environmental issues. Glad they are coming more to the forefront these days. Glad to see you back. I’ve missed your posts.


    1. Maggie- the funny thing is, my husband called the wetland property a “swamp” for the first few years we lived here! It took a little while to bring him around to referring to it as a wetland. I’m very grateful we now have time to learn and pay attention to the our most unusual front yard 🙂
      Thank you for your kindness…Yes, I’ve been drawn away from my blog for quite a while. We had a series of family emergencies all strung together since the beginning of November last year…
      I think there is some light in the tunnel. It will be good to be back in balance again.
      Hope you are well and happy as this new year gets underway

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