Sanctuary looking for community to 'Get on Board'

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By Steven Smeall
CORNWALL, Ontario - The Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary is in need of donations to help replace boardwalks that are slowly deteriorating, resulting in danger for the bird sanctuary’s visitors.

A nuthatch is one of many birds that can be seen at the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary.

The sanctuary sees over 50,000 guests come through a year. Boardwalks deemed unfit to be walked across will just cause headaches for visitors looking to enjoy the sights.

The Friends of the Sanctuary, a group of individuals looking to support the development of the park, will be leading a Get on Board campaign to help raise funds for the repairing of the boardwalks.

“One of the boardwalks has been closed for a few years now. It was condemned,” said Friends president Chuck Clavet. “The remaining boardwalk is also fast approaching deterioration.”

Rebuilding the boardwalks also gives the opportunity for some improvements to be made.

“Because of how these boardwalks were designed, we want to make them more accessible,” said Clavet. “Currently they’re three feet wide and we want to make them six feet wide.”

In the event that there are extra donations, Clavet says there are areas where extra funds can go towards.

“There are various little buildings through the sanctuary that aren’t part of the Get on Board campaign,” said Clavet. “If we run into excess funds there are structures throughout the park that need replacement as well.”

The fundraiser will officially begin on April 9 when the Friends announce the campaign at their annual general meeting.

Clavet believes that they will be able to raise a sufficient amount of funds for the campaign.

Those interested in supporting the cause to fix these boardwalks will be able to make donations directly to Friends by mail or online.

The online donation button is not available at the moment, but will go live within the next couple days at www.friendsofthesanctuary.org.

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