(KINGSVILLE, ON) – April 10 marks the 153rd birthday of Jack Miner, Canada’s first conservationist. National Wildlife Week, from April 8 through 14, is only a few weeks away and plans are underway for a lot of activities.
Seventy-one years ago, the Canadian government declared the week of Jack Miner’s birth, April 10, 1865, to be National Wildlife Week in honour of his contribution to the Canadian conservation movement. This year, the Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Kingsville will host a week of activities, culminating with Jack’s Birthday Bash on April 14 at Lakeside Park Pavilion.
National Wildlife Week Activities
- 7:30am-11:30am–Dress Down Sunday Pancake and Sausage Breakfast in the Jack Miner Heritage Centre. FREE.
- 10:00am-4:00pm–Kingsport Environmental Raptor demonstration, Kids’ activities, Essex Hunting Retriever Club demonstration, and tours of the Jack Miner Historic House and Museum. Donation.
- 12:00pm-2:00pm–Happy 153rd Birthday Jack Miner. Stop by the historic house for birthday cake and to kick off Phase Two of The Jack Miner Drive Thru Art Gallery.
- 7:00pm – Make your own Spring decor with Karen in the Jack Miner Heritage Centre. $10 fee. Preregister
- 7:00pm–Join us for a Walk and Talk in the Miner Woods, hosted by naturalist and bird expert Phil Roberts. Meet in the Jack Miner Heritage Centre. Register. Donation.
- The Sun Parlour Folk Music Society proudly presents JP Cormier and Dave Gunning in the Playfair Stadium at the Sanctuary. Tickets are $25. Bring a cushion to sit on. Tickets and info from Kingsville Folk Fest.
- Jack Miner’s 153rd Birthday bash featuring Almost Famous and The Rock Farm Band, food by Colasanti’s and Chef Larry Wood. Cash bar: coolers, beer and wine. Tickets are $30/person, $55/couple, reserved tables of eight $220. Tickets only available in advance and only until April 9 at the Jack Miner Sanctuary at 332 Road 3 West.
Proceeds from this year’s Jack Miner Birthday celebration have been earmarked for the further development and enhancement of nature, birding, walking, and riding trails on the south side of the property.