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Wetlands: nature’s protectors

Canada’s wetlands have our back—as long as we don’t turn our back on them.

It’s time to celebrate some wetland wins

Floods, wildfires and droughts—recent headlines about the environment have been bleak. But the impacts of climate change should not make us feel powerless. Wetlands are a formidable force of nature that has our back—and Canada is home to a whopping 25 per cent of the planet’s intact wetlands.

Keep scrolling to learn how these incredible ecosystems are helping people and the environment, and how the efforts of our conservation community have already conserved and influenced 17 per cent of Canada’s remaining known wetlands.

But first—we need to hear from you! Complete our wetlands poll below.

How do wetlands work?

Canada’s wetlands appear on the prairies, in the boreal forest, along coastlines and even in the tundra. They take the form of marshes, bogs, fens, swamps and open water. Every type helps to keep our communities healthy and safe.

View, download and share these infographics to learn how wetlands have our back—and how we have theirs.

Canada’s wetlands provide multiple lines of defence against environmental threats and the impacts of climate change…

Canada’s wetlands provide multiple lines of defence against environmental threats and the impacts of climate change…

Economic benefits courtesy of a wetland near you

Economic benefits courtesy of a wetland near you

Wetland wins and losses

Wetland wins and losses

Canada is home to 37 sites designated by Ramsar as Wetlands of International Importance, covering more than 32 million acres. DUC proudly manages 24 (or 65%) of them.

Canada is home to 37 sites designated by Ramsar as Wetlands of International Importance, covering more than 32 million acres. DUC proudly manages 24 (or 65%) of them.

Wetland wins

As Canada’s wetland conservation leader, we can point to many habitat projects that are providing the environmental solutions we all need—11, 826 total DUC projects to be exact, many completed by partnering with others who care about the landscape.

Explore a handful of our favourites below, learn about the science that steers our conservation work to its best results, and find easy ways you can help.

148 Mile Marshes help fight climate change in B.C.’s Cariboo region

148 Mile Marshes help fight climate change in B.C.’s Cariboo region

As climate change intensifies weather patterns, the 148 Mile Marshes are becoming even more valuable for their critical role in providing water for ranchers and farmers.

Alberta’s Wetland Replacement Program

Alberta’s Wetland Replacement Program

The program provides funding for wetland restoration projects and is designed to help mitigate wetland loss throughout the province.

A unique land donation: The Arnold project

A unique land donation: The Arnold project

DUC works with private landowner to restore and conserve critical ecosystems on their donation of land in Alberta.

Introducing the Alberta Wetland Classification Field Guide

Introducing the Alberta Wetland Classification Field Guide

The release of a new made-for-Alberta field guide is equipping residents with practical resources about wetland habitats in their backyard.

Connecting Cowessess and Lake Winnipeg: Good stewards make great neighbours

Connecting Cowessess and Lake Winnipeg: Good stewards make great neighbours

Cowessess First Nation and DUC are partnering on a wetland restoration project to reduce the nutrient loading that’s making Lake Winnipeg sick.

DUC delivers 40 conservation projects in Manitoba in 2021

DUC delivers 40 conservation projects in Manitoba in 2021

DUC built 40 conservation projects in Manitoba in 2021, helping mitigate climate change and aid farmers hit by drought.

Restoration renews Hillman Marsh on the shores of Lake Erie

Restoration renews Hillman Marsh on the shores of Lake Erie

Urgent restoration undertaken to protect the habitat at a treasured destination near Leamington, Ontario.

One million acres conserved in Ontario

One million acres conserved in Ontario

We invite you to celebrate this million-acre milestone by putting on your boots and jacket and taking a stroll in nature.

Conserving the wetlands of the Wolastoq

Conserving the wetlands of the Wolastoq

We are partnering with communities, government and industry to make sure that  the important, biodiverse and beautiful wetlands on the Wolastoq (Saint John River) floodplain—and the many communities they support—remain for generations to come.

Five major ways duck habitat is helping you

Five major ways duck habitat is helping you

In the 80-plus years since our first wetland project was established, science has shown the wetlands we first saved for ducks are helping people in really important ways! 

Top three ways you can help save some of Canada’s most important habitat

Top three ways you can help save some of Canada’s most important habitat

As our environment changes, wetlands have our back—as long as we don’t turn our backs on them. 

COP26 shines a spotlight on boreal peatlands  

COP26 shines a spotlight on boreal peatlands  

International community calls on DUC’s conservation expertise to explain why boreal wetlands are key to mitigating climate change.

Wetland mapping leads to monumental advancements in conservation

Wetland mapping leads to monumental advancements in conservation

Ducks Unlimited Canada receives Excellence in Conservation Award for its inclusive leadership and innovative approach.

Easy ways you can help

Good news—it’s easy to make a difference! By learning about nature and supporting wetland conservation, you have the power to influence what happens on Canada’s landscapes.