Macquarie Marshes environmental flows captured on camera as we celebrate World Wetland Day

To help celebrate World Wetlands Day (Friday 2 February), the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has released new pictures capturing the changes following recent environmental water flows into the RAMSAR listed Macquarie Marshes.

Macquarie marshes environmental flow monitoring equipment in pool of water OEH Senior Wetlands and Rivers Conservation Office Paul Keyte said staff had been out and about in the Macquarie Marshes this week downloading images from remote cameras.

“Remote cameras have been set up at strategic locations around the wetlands to capture the water as it arrives and then track the response of the wetland including plants and animals that benefit from these planned environmental-water releases.

“The cameras are set to take multiple photos each day and provide a visual record of the changes in the wetland over time.

“This provides important information about the success of the environmental watering efforts, including the response times of various wetland species.

“The water arrived on the 16 September and in just two short months had transformed bone-dry areas into a lush green wetland full of plants, which in turn provide food and shelter for wetland animals including fish. 

“It’s fantastic to see how the wetland ecosystem responds over such a short time,” Mr Keyte said.

World Wetlands Day is held 2 February each year to celebrate the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, held in the Iranian city of Ramsar, in 1971. 

Known as the ‘Ramsar Convention’, it aims to protect migratory waterbirds and their key habitats around the world. Australia was one of the first signatories to the agreement and now has 65 Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance, including the Macquarie Marshes.

Images: Environmental flows Macquarie Marshes