A week of wildlife won­ders

The Queens County Advance - - NEWS -

The prov­ince is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to take a walk on the wild side dur­ing Na­tional Wildlife Week April 8 to 14.

Na­tional Wildlife Week in­creases aware­ness about the im­por­tance of wildlife and their habi­tat, and the va­ri­ety of in­ter­con­nected liv­ing or­gan­isms in Nova Sco­tia and through­out Canada. It is also a time to recom­mit to con­ser­va­tion and sus­tain­able use of wildlife and habi­tat re­sources.

On April 10, the Mersey Tobeatic Re­search In­sti­tute is do­ing a talk on tur­tles at Queens Place Emera Cen­tre, start­ing at 7 p.m.

The United Na­tions has de­clared 2011-20 the Decade on Bio­di­ver­sity. Dur­ing this time, the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources will con­tinue work­ing on goals and ac­tions con­cern­ing bio­di­ver­sity in the prov­ince’s nat­u­ral re­sources strat­egy The Path We Share.

Bio­di­ver­sity, the va­ri­ety of life on earth, pro­vides Nova Sco­tians with es­sen­tial eco­log­i­cal goods and ser­vices such as clean water, clean air, food and nat­u­ral re­sources. Some of Nova Sco­tia’s coastal bog, sand bar­ren and salt marsh ecosys­tems are unique and glob­ally im­por­tant. Some species found in Nova Sco­tia, such as the At­lantic white­fish and the wild­flower, East­ern moun­tain avens, are found in very few places else­where in the world.

There are many planned ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the year to cel­e­brate and help con­serve bio­di­ver­sity in Nova Sco­tia and around the world. The depart­ment has de­vel­oped a web page with re­sources and pro­grams for stu­dents, teach­ers, and the public.

A video about forests, Ask Me if I’m a Tree, is avail­able to grades Pri­mary to six stu­dents. Project Wild work­shops are be­ing of­fered to teach­ers and other ed­u­ca­tors across the prov­ince. Pro­vin­cial Parks will host events through­out the year.

The Cana­dian Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion will also host the Robert Bate­man Get to Know con­test, where youth can win prizes by sub­mit­ting pho­tos, art, writ­ing or videos about wild neigh­bours of the for­est.

The Walk for Wildlife cam­paign runs from April 8 to May 22. Dur­ing this five-week pe­riod, any­one who wants to par­tic­i­pant can visit www.na­tion­al­wildlife­week.com and log the kilo­me­tres they have walked and have them added to the na­tional tally. The goal is to log enough kilo­me­tres for the wildlife am­bas­sador char­ac­ters on the web­site to make a vir­tual tour around the coun­try. Par­tic­i­pants learn about wildlife as they par­take in the on­line ex­er­cise.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Na­tional Wildlife Week events in Nova Sco­tia visit www.gov.ns.ca/natr.

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