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Jim Wisnia's Great Blue Heron Hair-Off

Campaign Ended April 22, 2019

In 2012 I ran a "Pony Up for the Point" campaign when I raised $7500 to help save Sansum Point as a Regional Park, and I had my ponytail cut off on Earth Day at the grand opening of the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre.  

I’m now conducting a two-month fundraising campaign for the seventh anniversary of the Nature Centre in support of things I value highly: nature education, wildlife monitoring, habitat restoration, community-building, and programs for the advancement of youth.  

The Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre is located on the shore of Cowichan Bay, a designated Important Bird Area where the Cowichan and Koksilah Rivers flow into the ocean.  Immediately uphill from the Nature Centre is the largest Great Blue Heron nesting colony on Vancouver Island, nourished by the abundant life in the estuary.  

For a few years I’ve been letting my hair grow long.  I’m offering it up on Earth Day (April 22) in the "Great Blue Heron Hair-off," and I’m asking for your tax-deductible contribution to my campaign.  Depending on how much my campaign raises, it will help:

1-  Purchase a live-feed video camera for monitoring the heron nesting colony ($1500)
2-  Support a Restoration Biologist and a Youth Educator in mentoring and teaching a youth group in waterside habitat restoration in the Cowichan and Koksilah Watersheds ($900)
3-  Bring 15 high-school-age youth to the 2019 Youth Leadership Training: Engagement for Healthy Watersheds ($1500)
4-  Deliver a day-long Whole Watershed Thinking workshop for youth ($1500)
5-  Bring five children from low-income families to a nature immersion summer science camp ($1100)
6-  Bring five classes from low-income neighbourhoods to the Centre’s nature immersion programming ($1000)
7-  Hire an educator to develop French language nature immersion programming ($1500)

Besides helping us learn more about our Great Blue Heron colony, donated funds will also provide youth scholarships, giving the next generation of leaders the big-picture context and the confidence to undertake hands-on restoration activities and to use their stories to connect with others around shared values, thus strengthening this conservation-minded community.

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Thanking you in advance for your support of nature, education, and a cleaner-cut


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