Dragonflies are a “coal mine canary” for wetland biodiversity, The Canadian Business Journal

Oak Hammock Marsh, Manitoba, March 3, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Oak hammock marsh, man. — — Dragonflies have existed for 300 million years before dinosaurs. During this time, they have experienced and adapted to many environmental changes. But today’s clashing crisis of habitat loss and climate change may be more than these iconic winged creatures can survive. Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC)’s new campaign spotlights the global decline of dragonflies while raising funds for the coveted wetland conservation efforts to enhance overall biodiversity.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature recently added 6,016 dragonflies and 16% of dragonflies worldwide to the Red List of Threatened Species. He cited the widespread loss of wetlands (wetlands, swamps, and wetland breeding grounds) as the driving force behind the world’s population decline.

The news warns conservation groups like DUC.

“They can be thought of as’coal mine canaries’,” said Larry Kaumeyer, CEO of DUC. “Dragonflies are very sensitive to changes in the environment, which makes their welfare a powerful indicator of the overall welfare of our wetlands. These amazing insects depend on the wetlands during their life cycle. We are sending us a clear message about the fate that can fall on hundreds of other species. “

DUC has launched Project Dragonfly, a campaign focused on the need to protect and restore wetlands across Canada to support biodiversity. Up to 40% of the world’s wildlife species live and breed in wetlands. In Canada, this includes more than 500 species of wildlife, 97 of which have been identified as endangered. Each forms part of an interconnected system and begins to weaken as individual species become extinct or extinct.

Troublesome is the fact that Canada does not yet have a comprehensive wetland inventory and monitoring system to effectively measure wetland loss. Current estimates are that up to 70% of wetlands are lost in southern Canada and up to 95% in densely populated areas. The threat is exacerbated by the increasing impact of climate change on both wildlife and habitat.

These threats have serious implications for another important species, humans.

“We cannot overlook the important fact that people are heavily dependent on wetlands for drinking water, food production, recreation, and the health of the local economy,” says Kaumeyer. “So what does it mean to us if dragonfly-like seeds that have existed for hundreds of millions of years are struggling to find ways to reduce and survive the wetlands of the landscape? Is it? “

On World Wildlife Day (March 3), DUC encourages Canadians to listen to dragonfly populations talking to us about the urgency of biodiversity and habitat loss. .. Find out more about what their message means to Canada and what we can do before it’s too late.

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is a leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC works with governments, industries, nonprofits, indigenous peoples, and landowners to protect waterfowl, wildlife, and wetlands that are important to the environment. For more information on DUC’s innovative environmental solutions and services, please visit:

For more information or to arrange an interview with a wetland biodiversity expert, please contact:

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Dragonflies are a “coal mine canary” for wetland biodiversity, The Canadian Business Journal

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