Spring into Outreach: Making Connections
In March and April, SAM Staff have been working out of the office, making connections with residents, Councillors, environmental non-profit groups, and partners. Here are some of the highlights of our Spring Outreach!
March 1st - SAM spoke at the Aquatic Habitat Restoration Workshop about SAM restoration projects happening in Bonavista and Bay Roberts/Spaniards Bay. This workshop was led by ACAP Humber Arm and theWorld Wildlife Fund as a part of their habitat restoration work in the province.
March 10th and April 21st - SAM participated in both the Forested Wetland Conference, and the Atlantic Society of Fish and Wildlife Biologists conference in Nova Scotia. SAM presented our Municipal Habitat Stewardship Program to other biologists in the Atlantic provinces with lots of great feedback!
March 22nd - Was World Water Day and SAM partnered with Ducks Unlimited Canada at the Marine Institute World Water Day Event (MI). This free event had many MI students attend, and present their own projects that are helping protect water in our province and around the globe.
March 24th - SAM put "Nature" back into Easter, at the Portugal Cove St. Phillip's Easter Party with our "Arctic Hare Hop" and 3D printed egg game. Families gathered at the Voisey's Brook SAM Management Unit and enjoyed the trails while they searched for chocolate eggs and hopped like hares!
April 5th - SAM hosted Storytime at the Torbay Public Library. There are lots of ways to learn about wetlands, even when the weather is bad, just pick up a book! Click here for SAM's Wetland Reading List.
April 8th - SAM kicked off National Wildlife Week by presenting at theSalmonier Nature Park Speaker Series (see photo). Keep up to date on the series by following the Salmonier Nature park Facebook page or by calling 229-7888
And finally SAM Spring Outreach culminated at the end of the month with not one, but TWO Earth Day Celebrations! SAM again partnered with Ducks Unlimited Atlantic Canada
at the events, the first in Portugal Cove St. Phillip's and the second in St. John's...April 21st - Portugal Cove - St. Phillip's hosted their Third Annual Environment Fair on April 21. Over 330 people attended the fair that was hosted by the PCSP Committee on the Environment. SAM was given the opportunity to do a feature presentation, in which we talked about the 5 types of wetlands (see our SAM Blog Series!) and built a "Wetland in a Pan" that helped demonstrate important wetland functions. April 22nd - Earth Day was celebrated at the Fluvarium , in St. John's, with over 340 participants. The event inspired many young families, students, and adults to do their part to protect the environment. This year The Fluvarium partnered with the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Network (NLEN) and really got into the spirit of "Consume Less, Play More" with their Pop-Up playground, Mend-It Cafe, and over 20 Idea Booths set up by like minded environmental organizations.
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