PEI’s Wildlife Conservation Fund Helps DUC Teach Island Students About Wetlands
November 14, 2013 – Charlottetown, PEI — The Government of Prince Edward Island’s Wildlife Conservation Fund provided $8,000 in funding this year to the Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) Project Webfoot education program.
The Wildlife Conservation Fund, which is generated from annual licence fees from anglers, hunters and trappers, provides funding for the protection and enhancement of wildlife. The fund’s contribution to DUC for the 2012-2013 school year helped 407 Grade 4 students from 20 classes across PEI learn about the importance of wetlands and conservation.
“These natural areas are not only important as habitat for countless wildlife species, but for people as well. By getting students outside we’re helping them connect with nature, and hopefully inspiring them protect wetlands in the future,” says Jennifer Dick, education and interpretive specialist with DUC. “With the support of funders like the PEI Wildlife Conservation Fund, we can provide so more PEI students with this valuable experiential learning opportunity.”
Each class, at no cost to the school, went on a wetland field trip where students took part in critter dipping and birding, played environment-themed games, and learned wetland values from trained nature interpreters from the Island Nature Trust. Seven classes also received an in-class resource kit. Project Webfoot provides opportunities for Island students to learn hands-on about important ecosystems in their province at local wetlands like Noonan’s Marsh, Mt. Stewart Alisary Creek and O’Leary Wildlife Federation.
Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment.
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Communications Coordinator, Atlantic Canada
Ducks Unlimited Canada
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