Experience The Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary by Banding Together: Past. Present. Future.
John (Jack) Miner was born April 10, 1865 in Dover Center, now Westlake, Ohio, USA.
Deemed "not suited for school," Jack attended only three months and spent most of his spare time in the creeks and woods studying habits of wildlife and waterfowl.
The outdoors became his classroom.
Jack moved with family to Gosfield South Township, near Kingsville, Ontario, Canada
at age thirteen.
Jack Miner became a professional trapper and market hunter to help supplement the family income in the brick and tile manufacturing business.
Forms one of the first Game Protective associations.
Founded the Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary for the conservation of migrating Canada geese and wild ducks, founder of the waterfowl refuge management system.
Dubbed “The Father of Conservation” by the Minneapolis Journal.
First eleven migrating Canada Geese land, after a four year effort.
Pioneered the tagging of migratory waterfowl by banding his first wild duck.
First complete banding record in January when Dr. W. Bray of Anderson, South Carolina returned the band. Started thirty year lecture career speaking on wildlife conservation and the need for the establishment of sanctuaries and wildlife refuges.
Banded his first Canada goose to trace migration habits. All ducks and goose bands now included a verse of Biblical scripture making the birds "missionaries of the air."
Early data from tagging recoveries were instrumental in the Migratory Bird Treaty between the U.S.A. and Canada. This Act placed the first restrictions on hunting, giving consideration to waterfowl populations for the future.
First book, entitled “Jack Miner and the Birds” is published.
Guest speaker, April 9th at Izaak Walton League’s Annual Banquet in Chicago with U.S. President, Herbert Hoover, guest of honour. One of nineteen charter members of Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) conceived at that banquet of 1100 guests.
Awarded Outdoor Life Gold Medal for The Greatest Achievement in Wildlife Conservation on the Continent. This was the first time the award was presented to a Canadian.
The Jack Miner Migratory Bird Foundation, Inc. created under U.S. philanthropic laws.
The above foundation incorporated in Canada by a special act of the Ontario legislature. Chosen by Prime Minister Mackenzie King to deliver the “around the world radio address” for King George’s 25th anniversary as monarch. Received letters from 65 countries on his address.
Presented with the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by King George VI “for the greatest achievement in conservation in the British Empire.”
November 3rd, Jack Miner’s passing. Has banded over 50,000 wild ducks and 40,000 migratory Canada geese. Several U.S. newspapers rated him fifth best known man on the continent after Ford, Edison, Lindbergh and Rickenbacker.
In commemoration of the achievements and contributions of Jack Miner, the Act to create Canada’s National Wildlife Week passed unanimously to be observed the week of Jack Miner’s birth. Named “one of the fifteen great personages of the world” by the Book of Knowledge.
Thirty-three official delegates from the United Nations arrange a special flight from New York to the Jack Miner Migratory Bird Foundation to pay tribute to the late conservationist whose fame had spread to their homelands in the far east.
Jack Miner’s autobiography, entitled “Wild Goose Jack” first published.
Right Hon. Pierre E. Trudeau in issuing a proclamation for National Wildlife Week said: “Jack Miner, with his vision and determination is largely responsible for those conservation measures in existence today.”
The Windsor Star wrote: “The week of April 10th was designated as National Wildlife Week to permanently remind Canadians of a pioneer who changed the attitudes of a continent, against great odds.”
The Jack Miner Migratory Bird Foundation donates the original Jack Miner house to the Southwestern Ontario Heritage Village for restoration.
100 Year Anniversary of the Jack Miner Migratory Bird Foundation.
Jack Miner Birthplace Marker (1975) rededicated in Westlake, Ohio.
Jack Miner inducted into ‘The Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame’ in Nashville, Tennessee.
The new Jack Miner pond development completed and the Jack Miner house opened to the public.
The viewing platform/gazebo dedicated in October.
A 5 km trail system created on the south side of the property in the Jack Miner woods.
Jasper Hills memorial built adjacent to the Ty Cobb Field.
Classroom built to host small groups and educational learning.
Laona's pollinator garden started.
Iconic front fence rebuilt and pond dredged and enlarged.
Expansion to the Kennedy Woods Walking Trails.
Heritage Designation to the Historic House.
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