Library Moments: National Wildlife Week

loon by aaron berning

Loon on Dark Lake in Wilberforce Photo credit: Aaron Berning

Nancy Therrien, Programming and Outreach Coordinator: Hello, I’m Nancy Therrien from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library. Today on Library Moments Bessie Sullivan and I will each talk about a book that exemplifies National Wildlife Week.


National Wildlife Week is a major Canadian Wildlife Federation initiative designed to celebrate our country’s natural heritage and promote the cause of conservation in Canada. Proclaimed by Parliament in 1947, National Wildlife Week falls every year during the week of April 10 – the birth date of the late Jack Miner, one of the founders of Canada’s conservation movement. “Wild Goose Jack”, as he was known, is credited with saving the Canada Goose from extinction. National Wildlife Week honours Jack Miner’s contributions to conservation. Canada’s natural heritage is rich with flora, fauna and spectacular landscapes.

Today on library moments Bessie Sullivan and I will tell you about books that draw our attention to wildlife in our area.

algonquin park a portraitBessie Sullivan, County Librarian: We are so lucky here in Haliburton County to live nestled up to Algonquin Park which was established in 1893, it is the oldest provincial park in Canada. Algonquin Park also happens to be the home of a varied array of wildlife. In Algonquin Park: A Portrait by Jan and Martin Rinik readers are shown that besides the beauty of the park in the summer there are striking landscapes and wildlife that appear throughout fall, winter, and spring. This book features more than 200 colour illustrations, along with 125 photographs of the park in all four seasons. The result is a stunning and informative portrait one of the most diverse natural habitats in the world. Algonquin Wildlife: Lessons in Survival by Norm Quinn is a celebration of the multitude of wildlife studies ongoing in the park. It is likely that more research has been done in Algonquin than in any other protected landscape in the world. Norm Quinn’s experience and sense of humor combine to transform technical biological studies, on moose, wolves, fish and other creatures of the wild, into entertaining and inviting stories without losing the significance of the research. Both these books can be found in the library’s collection.

the place in the forestNancy Therrien, Programming and Outreach Coordinator: One natural heritage book that I have enjoyed is The Place in the Forest, R.D. Lawrence’s best-selling account of life in the Ontario wilderness. The “Place” referred to in the book is a forested parcel of land in Lake of the Woods purchased by R.D. Lawrence in 1960, where he and his wife built a cabin and studied nature. Like many properties in cottage country, it was initially intended to be a weekend escape from the city, as a retreat for fishing, canoeing and other outdoor pursuits. This book showcases the change of seasons and the circle of life of the many indigenous mammals, birds, insects and plants that inhabited the Place, including wolves, bears, beavers, turtles, hawks, raccoons and more. The descriptions of animal life and death, and human interactions in the wilderness make for a highly educational, realistic and enjoyable account of nature that we can often find right outside our doors. The Place in the Forest by R.D. Lawrence is available to borrow at the Haliburton County Public Library.

During National Wildlife Week, we can enjoy how awe-inspiring nature truly is by spending time in the outdoors, and by curling up with a good nature-themed book which will hopefully inspire us to spend even more time outdoors.

That’s it for this week’s Library Moments. Thanks for listening here on 100.9 CANOE FM.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.



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