Special Wild Places Celebrated

Department of Natural Resources

April 11, 2005 11:30 AM

As life becomes more complicated and demanding, Nova Scotians
have more appreciation for those special places where they can
enjoy life's simpler pleasures.

Those special wild places are also the focus -- and the theme --
of National Wildlife Week, April 10 to 16.

"We are so lucky to have a province that offers something for
everyone," said Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Natural Resources.
"We have beaches, forests, wetlands and savannah. People can
camp, hike, picnic, swim or just perch on a hill and enjoy the
view...there is something for everyone."

During the week, the Department of Natural Resources is
sponsoring a wildlife scavenger hunt on the Internet. Students
from grades primary to six are invited to visit the department
website to explore the habitats and discover native wildlife.
Participating classes can enter a draw to win one of the
following prizes:

First prize -- Members of the winning class will have the
opportunity to visit a provincial park and discover the resident
wildlife for themselves. Each student in the class (maximum of
30) will choose between a family pass for a day at the
Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park or a one-night stay at any
provincial park campground.

Second prize -- This winning class will be awarded a set of four
provincial park posters for the class.

Third prize -- The winning class will receive a copy of Discover
Nova Scotia Wildlife Viewing Sites by Julie Towers and Anne
Camozzi, and of 120 Common Inland Birds by Jeffrey C. Domm.

The Department of Natural Resources has circulated more than
1,000 teachers' kits from the national program to all schools,
libraries and individuals.

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

More information is available on the Department of Natural
Resources' website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/nww .

The Department of Environment and Labour is also sponsoring a
special photo contest for National Wildlife Week. Details are
available at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/pareas .


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     Nova Scotians are invited to explore and embrace special

wild places throughout the province to celebrate National

Wildlife Week.

     The theme for the week, which runs from April 10th to 16th,

focuses on special wild places.

     Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Natural Resources, says Nova

Scotians are lucky to have a province that offers something for

everyone. Beaches, forests, wetlands and savannah provide the

opportunity to camp, hike, picnic, swim or just perch on a hill

and enjoy the view.

     This year the Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring

an Internet-based scavenger hunt for students in grades primary

to six. The hunt will have them explore information about

animals and their habitats within the province's parks.

     More information is available on the Department of Natural

Resources' website (www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/nww).

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

         Tim Dunne
         Natural Resources
         902-424-5239
         E-mail: dunnetij@gov.ns.ca