Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Mallard ducks resting at Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary

The Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary is a non-profit determined to connect future generations with the rich history of ducks, geese, and waterfowl. It all started in 1909 when Jack Miner began a journey of discovery with a mallard duck christened Katie. He banded her with a metal tag bearing his name and address, unknowingly creating the first North American record of avian migration. A few months later, Katie was recovered by Dr. W. E. Bray of Anderson, South Carolina, marking the end of her journey but the beginning of a legacy.

Today this waterfowl sanctuary in Kingsville, Ontario, continues Jack’s work and stands as a testament to visionary conservation efforts. The sanctuary has earned its reputation as one of North America’s premier destinations for bird banding, research, and education.

The Legacy of Jack Miner: A Sanctuary’s Birth

Since its inception, the Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary has served as a pivotal stopover location for a myriad of migrating ducks, geese, and other species. In the 120 years since Jack Miner banded his first duck, the Sanctuary has banded well over 250,000 various waterfowl and provided refuge to millions more. In the fall and spring migration seasons, bird enthusiasts gather to see tens of thousands of migrating birds enjoying the sanctuaries’ planted corn fields and surrounding protected wetlands. The establishment of the Jack Miner Migratory Bird Foundation in 1931 (USA) and 1936 (Canada) ensured the continuation of his work. Funded through grants and generous donors, the foundation embodies Jack’s enduring commitment to preserving migratory birds.

The front of the Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Jack Miner’s Legacy:

  • Instrumental in the Migratory Bird Treaty (1916) between the U.S. & Canada.
  • Recognized as the first pioneer for bird conservation in North America.
  • Authored “Wild Goose Jack” autobiography in 1969.
  • Jack Miner’s Migratory Bird Sanctuary celebrates its centennial anniversary in 2004.

As fellow advocates for the protection and study of avian species, 50 Ducks’ partnership with the Jack Miner Sanctuary aligns with our shared commitment to conservation. Collaborating on various research projects, educational initiatives, and conservation programs, we’ve been able to further our mutual mission to ensure that future generations continue to enjoy the beauty and ecological significance of migratory birds. The Jack Miner executive team of Thomas Coke, Joe Vermeulen, and Matt Olewski share the passion and vision of 50 Ducks. Together we hope to create a lasting impact on the way the world understands the movement of these magical creatures.

Sign up for 50 Ducks and join with us and our partners in our support of migratory bird sanctuaries and quest for duck and waterfowl preservation. With your help, we can protect our flying friends and their natural habitats for future generations to enjoy the magic of ducks. There are many ways you can help our winged companions. You can support Jack Miner’s Migratory Bird Sanctuary, help bring attention and inform others, and enroll in educational programs. You can also follow Jack Miner’s Migratory Bird Sanctuary on Instagram and Facebook. Come soar with us by signing up for live duck tracking and supporting our continuing efforts.  Let’s fly together into a brighter tomorrow for birds and their habitats. If you have questions about Jack Miner’s Foundation, conservation, or anything about 50 Ducks, please contact us.

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