Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Hosted by Nature Canada, with Bird Studies Canada and BirdLife International.
Invited guests include: Officials from the City of Ottawa and Ville de Gatineau, local MPPs and MNAs, local MPs, senior federal public servants, local conservation organizations, and project sponsors including the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Community Foundation of Ottawa.
A celebration of Canada's national Important Bird Area (IBA) program focused on the release of a draft Conservation Plan, revised boundary map and interpretive elements for the local Lac Deschênes-Ottawa River IBA.
Canadian Museum of Nature, Rotunda Gallery, 1st floor
Thursday, June 20th 2013 – 8:00 am to 9:30 am (doors open at 7:30 am – Please note: MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE KINDLY ASKED TO ARRIVE BY 7:45 am).
Canada's IBA program is co-delivered by Nature Canada and Bird Studies Canada, the national co-partners of BirdLife International. This event focuses on Nature Canada's collaborative work in Ottawa-Gatineau to celebrate, raise awareness of, better protect and monitor birds and nature in the Lac Deschênes-Ottawa River IBA in concert with local naturalist organizations. The IBA is situated in the heart of the National Capital Region on the Ottawa River.
Interviews may be scheduled before the event. Photo ops will be staged during the ceremony. Representatives from the host organizations will be available briefly after the ceremony for media interviews.
Nature Canada and Bird Studies Canada are Canadian co-partners delivering BirdLife International's Important Bird Areas program in Canada. We aim to identify, monitor and protect a global network of IBAs for the conservation of the world's birds and other biodiversity.
Alex MacDonald, Manager, Protected Areas Program, Nature Canada