By Damian Foxall
OTTAWA (JANUARY 29, 2015) - The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) is expanding its Wild About Sports instructor training programs and launching a new guide to best practices on and around the water.
“I’m really excited to share the new Wild About Sports workshops and resources with sailors, instructors and trainers across the country,” says Damian Foxall, CWF’s Recreation Education Manager. “I encourage everyone to join me in showing how much they care about our rivers, lakes and oceans.”
Canada has the longest coastline in the world and an expansive freshwater system with more than two million lakes and rivers. Rivers in Canada flow into five continental watersheds; one to each surrounding ocean: the Pacific, the Arctic, and the Atlantic as well as to Hudson Bay and to the Gulf of Mexico.
“Having sailed around the world nine times and across the Atlantic 18 times, I have seen some of the most amazing sights, unique moments that are one of the reasons we all get out on the water. I am proud to serve as one of CWF’s ambassadors for water stewardship, says Foxall”
With all the fun we are having outside we may forget about the importance of protecting the environment but Foxall says there is a lot the public can do to help.
“It’s critical to follow best practices for the water, record wildlife encounters and report injured species,” he says. “The more wildlife and biodiversity we see, the more likely that our water area is a healthy place for all. By exploring and adopting your own unique bit of local waterway you help to protect a vital but fragile resource.”
To find out more about CWF’s Wild About Sports workshops, instructor manual and guide to best practices on and around the water, visit WildAboutSports.ca. CWF extends a special thank you to all our partners for adopting Wild About Sports as an integral part of their programming.
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Recreation Education Manager
Canadian Wildlife Federation
(418) 216 0015
About the Canadian Wildlife Federation: The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national, non-profit charitable organization dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of our natural world. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, sponsoring research, developing and delivering education programs, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending changes to policy 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.