Hilliardton Marsh Research and Education Centre
Funding support: Members
Number of staff: 0
Number of visitors per year: 2000 plus
Overall aims of the centre: Public education and research.
Description of the centre
We have a small building where we band birds and do public banding demonstrations of song birds and Northern Saw-Whet Owls and Boreal Owls. We are located at the Hilliardton marsh which is a dyke impoundment human built wetland that includes over 700ha of wetland and 400 ha of upland habitat, mostly Boreal forest but old field community as well.
We usually have over 40 visiting school groups and over 1000 parents and kids .
We are located just outside of the hamlet of Hilliardton Ontario
Main CEPA work areas
We have a website and a facebook site and we distribute a newsletter to our membership list 4 times a year. We are constatnly doing public education and are trying to raise awareness about wetlands and bird needs.
Top three successes
Owl banding has been a huge success, the public loves owls. School group visits is a huge objective and recent new research on the boreal owl is going very well and we continue to expand our work on this species.
Top three challenges
Funding, funding and volunteers. Did I mention funding?
Setting up a new visitor centre; Running a visitor centre
Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers
Education and communication
Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools
I am happy to speak with anyone about what we do and i enjoy speaking to groups and going to conferences to talk about the work we do at the marsh.
Happy to email answers to any questions anyone might have about teaching young people about birds
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