This summer, SAM Staff were invited by two community summer festivals to deliver environmental stewardship programming. As part of Bonavista's National Wetland Conservation Fund, SAM Staff delivered a wetland program entitled "Bringing Back the Birds: O'Dea's Pond Eco-Walking Tour" during the Bonavista Church Street Festival, which boasts 46 events. Over 30 people were in attendance and participated in wetland games, a guided nature walk, and learned how to become environment stewards in their own community!
Pictured above is the Bonavista SAM event poster. Do you need help making an event poster for your next SAM Community Eco-Tourism Event? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In August, the Carmanville Recreation Committee organized their summer festival. SAM Staff joined the Carmanville Green team at the Wetland Interpretation Centre, and led a Wetland Fun Day. Participants took a nature walk along the trails and played wetland themed games. SAM Staff also helped create a new nature trail map for visitors and residents! (Pictured below)
Pictured above is the new Carmanville Wetland Interpretation Centre Nature Trail Map! Do you need help making a map for your communities nature trails? Contact email@example.com
Adding an envriomental stewardship to your summer/fall/winter/spring community events is easy! If you need inspiration check out these SAM Communities already celebrating nature:
If you would like to learn more about adding environmental stewardship to your event OR if you need an updated nature trail map get in touch with SAM Staff firstname.lastname@example.org and visit our website at samnl.org/resources
A BIG SAM welcome to Elisabeth Belanzaran, the newest member of the SAM Staff! Elisabeth (Liz) is finishing her masters at Grenfell and will be working out of Corner Brook as our second Conservation Biologist.
Challenges finding funding for your next stewardship project?Use the SAM funding page as your guide! With over 30 links to funding and grants for municipalities, we are always updating the page with current deadlines and contact information.
Students birdwatching during the Ducks Unlimited Canada Wetland Field Trips this past June, 2018
Perfect weather for Ducks this past June
SAM Is proud of the accomplishments of our partners in the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture. Through their support and leadership, SAM staff have a greater opportunity to reach out and engage its membership towns right across the province. A great example of this partnership is that this past June, over 200 students participated in Wetland Field Trips organized and delivered byDucks Unlimited Canada.
This summer DUC and SAM Staff were joined by a DUC Summer Student, Sarah Wilkins. If you want to learn more about Sarah's experience delivering wetland field trips across the province check out the last SAM blog, "Conserving Curiosity: Project Webfoot Wrap-up 2018".
Pictured left is DUC Summer Student Sarah Wilkins giving a Wetland talk
Stewardship Spotlight - Grand Falls-Windsor:20 Years of Stewardship In 1998 The Town of Grand Falls-Windsorsigned a Habitat Stewardship Agreement to protect wetland habitat within municipal boundaries. Since then GFW has taken stewardship seriously!
Audobon.org has listed these three ways you can help migrating birds this fall.
1) Make your windows obvious: Glass can reflect trees and sky, confusing migrating birds, causing them to crash into windows. Anywhere from 100 million to 1 billion birds die each year as a result of impact with windows.
2) Go lights out: Many birds migrate during the night using the stars and moon to guide them. Household lights can create confusion. Studies have shown that over 1 million birds die each year because of light pollution!
Keep your lights off from dusk till dawn to keep migrating birds on the right track! You can also get involved with the CPAWS Puffin patrol to help migrating puffins.
3) Become an Advocate!: Be the voice for our feathered friends by going to town meetings, speaking with town councilors, and writing to elected officials. Advocate for bird friendly architecture in your town as well as keeping the lights out in public and town buildings
SAM Summer Wetland Photos: A Stewardship Photo Essay!
SAM Staff have been lucky enough this summer to visit some of your beautiful communities!