Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mudflat Meeting Tonight

We have a national and international treasure on our doorstep — the mudflats. There is a meeting tonight regarding the possible designation of the mudflats as a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve. Here are the details:

Tofino Mudflats Open House about WHSRN (Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network) Status

Tuesday March 1, 2011
7 pm to 9 pm, with short presentations at 7:30 pm
Darwin's Cafe, Tofino Botanical Gardens

The Raincoast Education Society, together with our partners, invite you to an Open House to learn more about the the Tofino Mudflats and the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network

The Raincoast Education Society is leading a local effort to have the Tofino Mudflats designated as part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Network Reserve, a conservation strategy that raises awareness about key habitats across South and North America for these highly migratory birds. The Tofino Mudflats are one of Western Canada's top ten most important areas for shorebirds and waterfowl and a prime candidate for WHSRN status. Being a part of WHSRN (pronounced 'wissern') will not change the legal status of the Tofino Mudflats, however it will increase the international profile of the area and link us to international researchers and supporters of shorebird conservation. Learn more here.

Please come out to this public Open House to learn more about the Raincoast Education Society, the Tofino Mudflats and the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. Representatives from the Raincoast Education Society, the Canadian Wildlife Service, BC Parks, Parks Canada, the Ministry of Environment, the Nature Trust and more will be on hand to answer your questions.

Mark your calendars! The 14th Annual Tofino Shorebird Festival takes place May 6-9, 2011!

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