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April 7, 2006
(Environment and Conservation)

National Wildlife Week 2006

Clyde Jackman, Minister of Environment and Conservation, announced today that Salmonier Nature Park is partnering with the Canadian Wildlife Federation to officially launch National Wildlife Week in our province from April 9-15.

The main event is the WILD about Newfoundland and Labrador exhibit at The Rooms that involved a core group of over 30 collaborating agencies including provincial and national parks, conservation groups, natural history organizations and environmental educators. The official launch takes place at The Rooms theatre this Sunday, April 9, 2:00 p.m.

"The Rooms is a perfect setting for this event. It reflects the importance of the many groups who work together to make our natural heritage, landscapes and knowledge about the Newfoundland and Labrador environment understood," said Minister Jackman. "During Wildlife Week there will be displays, talks, workshops, and contests. I encourage everyone to participate as we celebrate National Wildlife Week in Newfoundland and Labrador."

The department will launch a new environmental education initiative in partnership with one of Canada�s largest non-profit, non-governmental conservation organizations as part of its efforts to commemorate National Wildlife Week. The Canadian Wildlife Federation and its provincial and territorial partners have recently been working towards bringing a number of environmental education programs together under one banner - WILD Education.

"Signing on at this level of partnership allows the department and the Canadian Wildlife Federation to offer the public, teachers, youth, communities, and staff of natural resource agencies more involvement in conservation education," said Minister Jackman.

In Newfoundland and Labrador WILD Education will include - National Wildlife Week, Project WILD, Backyard Habitat, Focus on Newfoundland Forests, Below Zero and WILD schools. There will be special WILD about gardening workshops in Bay Roberts/Spaniards Bay, Whitbourne, Gambo, Gander, and in Stephenville.

In addition to the events at The Rooms, the department has sponsored a WILD about art contest and student entries will be displayed at The Rooms. Three students will visit Salmonier Nature Park on Monday, April 10 to become animal keepers for a day. Students will receive a special behind the scenes tour of the park�s animal care and wildlife rehabilitation program.

For more information on wildlife week contact Salmonier Nature Park at (709) 229-7888.

Media contact: Diane Hart, Communications, (709) 729-2575, 685-4401.

2006 04 07                                         2:55 p.m.

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