News Release - May 25, 1999
HISTORIC BIRD SANCTUARY GETS SASKENERGY SUPPORT
North America's oldest bird sanctuary will get an important boost,
thanks to SaskEnergy.
Christened in 1887 by then Canadian prime minister Sir John A.
MacDonald, the Last Mountain Bird Observatory is dedicated toward the
study of migratory birds. Minister responsible for SaskEnergy, Dwain
Lingenfelter today presented the facility with a cheque for $9,000 to
expand visits by school children and the public, and to help develop
an educational exhibit.
"SaskEnergy is pleased to support this important historic site so that
it can expand its important ecological work, and its public visitation
programs," said Lingenfelter. "As one of just 20 bird observatories
in Canada and the only one of its kind in Saskatchewan this
facility serves as an important symbol of Saskatchewan's diverse
Bird netting and banding is a critical part of the facility's
programming. Birds whose migratory patterns carry them from
Saskatchewan all the way to South America have been banded at the
As part of the ceremony to mark the contribution, kindergarten
children from the Strasbourg school planted new trees and
prepared bird feeders at the facility.
"What better way to help the next generation understand and
appreciate the role nature plays than to involve them in the
improvement of the site," Lingenfelter said. "I am confident
that today's activities and contribution will go a long way to
promoting greater awareness and use of this one-of-a-kind
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