Conservationists across the globe are celebrating World Wetlands Day on Feb. 2 to raise awareness of the value of wetlands preservation.

Each year since 1997, the day is celebrated on the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands, which took place on Feb. 2, 1971 in Ramsar, Iran.

"Our organizational focus is conserving wetlands to maintain healthy waterfowl populations, but the state of our wetlands affects everyone in many ways," said Scott Yaich, Ducks Unlimited’s chief scientist. "World Wetlands Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the threats wetlands face and how they are important, but every day is Wetlands Day at Ducks Unlimited. As a leader in wetland conservation, our members, volunteers and supporters are always working to make a difference in wetlands conservation for the future."

Every species of duck, goose and swan in North America depends on wetland habitat throughout their lifestyle, and DU’s programs reach from the tundra of Alaska to the tropical wetlands of Mexico and Latin America.