The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) is pleased to announce the top six wildlife education projects of the year.
The Best Overall Entry goes to St. Clair Secondary School in Sarnia, ON. Congratulations to the Grade 12 Environment and Resource Class and special needs students for providing habitat and food sources for local wildlife. The wetland enhancement initiative, supported by CWF’s Habitat 2020 program, featured the planting of native vegetation as well as the placement basking logs for amphibians. Birds and insects also continue to benefit from this important student-driven effort in the Perch Creek Habitat Management Area.
In second place there is a tie between Claremont Public School of Pickering, Ontario and Yellowknife Catholic School.
The Claremont Public School project celebrates the success of a salmon hatch and release program. By watching the salmon roe incubate then releasing the fry in the spring, students brought key science curricula to life. CWF supported an innovative art installation honouring the project. In this creative approach, the students painted wooden fish to decorate the school’s chain link fence.
The Yellowknife Catholic School project was called DoEdedze, which is Dogrib for ‘someone who is strong in the bush.’ CWF was pleased to support this leadership opportunity for students. Various activities reflecting indigenous teachings were offered throughout the year including canoeing and boating, a spring traditional medicine camp, a fall fish camp, winter trapping and survival.
Honourable Mentions go to:
University of Moncton,
The bat education project
Hillcrest Central School,
The monarch butterfly garden
Kitchener Waterloo Collegiate,
The sport field naturalization and stewardship plan
“CWF extends its appreciation to all the student-led conservation programs across the country,” said Wade Luzny, CEO Executive Vice President of the Canadian Wildlife Federation. “The leadership, creativity and dedication demonstrated by school communities is making a critical contribution to wildlife in Canada. CWF is pleased to support these programs through its Habitat 2020 program.”
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About the Canadian Wildlife Federation:
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national non-profit charitable organization dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, developing and delivering educational programs, sponsoring research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending policy changes and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information, visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca.
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