Nova Scotians Celebrate National Wildlife Week

Department of Natural Resources

April 2, 2004 12:03 PM

Nova Scotians can celebrate National Wildlife Week, April 4-10,
in their own backyard. The theme for 2004 is "give backyard birds
something to sing about".

"Every year we recognize some facet of our wildlife resources,"
said Natural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburt. "This year's
theme brings it home as most Nova Scotians have the opportunity
to see birds in their natural habitat in their own yards and
neighbourhoods. Birds play a vital role in the health of our
ecosystem, so encouraging their presence around our properties
makes sense."

National Wildlife Week highlights the different things Canadians
can do to make their backyards more attractive to birds. For
example, you can plant berry bushes and fruit-producing trees and
shrubs, build birdhouses for birds to nest in, provide bird baths
as a drinking and bathing source, erect bird feeders and much
more. For more information on what you can do for backyard birds
visit the Department of Natural Resources website at
www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/ .

National Wildlife Week is sponsored by the Canadian Wildlife
Federation, a non-profit, non-government organization. The week
takes place each year around April 10, which was the birthday of
Jack Miner, a pioneer in Canada's conservation movement. It was
proclaimed in 1947 by Parliament to celebrate our natural
heritage.


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     Nova Scotians can celebrate National Wildlife Week in their

own backyard this year. The theme for the week, which runs from

April 4th to 10th, is "give backyard birds something to sing

about".

     Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Nova Scotia's Department of

Natural Resources, says encouraging the presence of birds around

our properties makes sense. Birds play a vital role in the health

of our ecosystem by eating insects, spreading seeds and

pollinating flowers.

     For more information on what you can do for backyard birds

visit the Department of Natural Resources website

(www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/).

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Contact: Barry Sabean
         Department of Natural Resources
         902-679-6139
         E-mail: sabeanbc@gov.ns.ca

         Mary Anna Jollymore
         Department of Natural Resources
         902-424-2354
         E-mail: jollymmt@gov.ns.ca

nlm         April 2, 2004      12:01 P.M.