Wetlands are essential ecosystems that have multiple functions. From cleaning water and providing a medium for recreational activities, to providing homes for White-winged Flufftails and other animals. Wetlands are truly wonderlands. To learn more about wetlands, water and water-birds, join us at the Flufftail Festival.
This year, the annual Flufftail Festival will be held at Maponya Mall, Soweto from 31 January to 6 February. The Festival takes place at the time of World Wetlands Day (2 February), and the aim is to raise awareness about a critical resource (water), threatened habitat (wetlands) and endangered birds (especially the White-winged Flufftail).
With the current drought that is still gripping many parts of our country, there’s no better time to be raising awareness about water. BirdLife South Africa, Eskom, Department of Environmental Affairs, Rand Water (Water Wise) and partners are collaborating to host this year’s Flufftail Festival.
Rare Finch Conservation Group
The 2017 Flufftail Festival takes the form of a giant maze as well as a puppet show brought to you by the Rare Finch Conservation Group. The entire family is encouraged to
collect an entry form and wander through the maze, stopping at five different stations to answer questions.
Wetlands are ecosystems that are saturated with water permanently or for at least part of the year. Wetlands are amongst the most threatened ecosystems in South Africa and water is one of South Africa's scarcest resources. The Flufftail Festival is linked to World Wetlands Day on 2 February, which is celebrated worldwide to raise awareness about wetlands.
The most important ecosystem service provided by wetlands is the regulation of rivers and water flow. Wetlands act like a sponge and plants growing in wetlands play an important role in holding back water, spreading it out and slowing it down. Wetlands have the ability to slow down flood water by as much as 60%. Wetlands also purify water, removing pollutants and toxins.
Some animals are completely dependent on wetlands, whilst others use wetlands for only part of their lives. There are approximately 130 waterbird species in southern Africa, and this rich diversity is possible because there are many wetlands, of different types, spread across the sub-continent.
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