It’s World Wetland Day! We know that Owls Head Provincial Park has extensive wetlands, but how much do you know about wetlands? Test your knowledge with our #WWDNova Scotia trivia questions, with help from our friends at the Ecology Action Centre

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1. According to the International Guidelines on Nature-Based Features, areas of the United States that had more wetlands experienced a _____% reduction in damages during Hurricane Sandy.
a) 5%
b) 15%
c) 25%
d) 30%

2. What is the most common type of wetland in Nova Scotia?
a) Lagoons
b) Peatlands (i.e., bogs and fens)
c) Salt Marshes
d) Shrub Swamps

3. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, up to how many litres of water can a one-acre wetland store?
a) 150,000
b) 1.4 million
c) 5.6 million
d) 7 million

4. Because of their function, wetlands are often referred to as
a) The Earth’s kidneys
b) The Earth’s heart
c) The Earth’s lungs
d) The Earth’s stomach

5. Which type of wetland is not allowed to be altered in Nova Scotia?
a) Vernal Pools
b) Peatlands (i.e., bogs and fens)
c) Salt Marshes
d) Swamps

6. According to a GPI Atlantic study (2000), Nova Scotia’s wetlands provide $____ worth of benefits in ecosystem services to Nova Scotians annually.
a) $50 million
b) $550 million
c) $1.1 billion
d) $7.9 billion

7. Globally, it is estimated that ___% of all wildlife rely on wetlands
a) 10%
b) 25%
c) 40%
d) 60%

8. Which of the following is a threat to wetlands?
a) Infilling of wetlands for development (for residential, industrial and infrastructure projects)
b) Excessive run-off of pollutants from agriculture, fertilizers and nutrients
c) Invasive non-native species
d) All of the above

9. What percent of the world’s remaining wetlands are in Canada?
a) 5%
b) 10%
c) 15%
d) Nearly 25%

10. What types of wetlands does Owls Head Provincial Park have?

a) Peatlands (ie, bogs and fens)
b) Salt marshes
c) Treed wetlands
d) All of the above

1. d
2. b
3. c
4. a
5. c
6. d
7. c
8. d
9. d
10. d

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