Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

May 31, 2011 10:29 ET

OFAH Media Advisory: Pioneer Day at Bronte Creek

Local Schools Converge on Lowville for Hands-on Conservation Lesson

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 31, 2011) - More than 180 Hamilton area elementary students will release Atlantic Salmon from the banks of Bronte Creek this week as part of a full day outdoor environmental field trip sponsored by Pioneer Energy. The fish were raised in classroom hatcheries of the eight participating schools through the Bring Back the Salmon program, led by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Trout Unlimited Canada and McMaster University's Let's Talk Science graduate student volunteers are also involved in the event. This is the third year Pioneer Energy has sponsored local schools to attend the Bronte Creek event, and a short documentary profiling the environmental initiative is posted on YouTube (www.ofah.org/youtube).

Media are invited to cover the event, which includes terrific video and photo opportunities of the release of approximately 600 fish, as well as a series of stations involving other hands-on conservation-themed activities.

FREE pizza, refreshments, T-shirts and souvenirs for the media.
Date & Start Time:June 2, 2011 – 10:45 a.m. sharp
Where:EASY TO FIND -- Lowville Park, in the Village of Lowville, located on Guelph Line six miles north of Dundas Street. Watch for our conservation event directional signs.
What's happening:Fish stocking will follow comments by Mike Miller, new host of Angler & Hunter Television, and a welcome from Tim Hogarth, CEO of Pioneer Energy. Students will participate in conservation games and activities such as dip netting to learn about stream life, building nesting boxes for blue birds and wood ducks and learning how to tie a wolly bugger for fly fishing.
As a way of saying thank you for taking part in the day, a student from each of the 8 attending schools will win a Shimano fishing rod and reel and one lucky winner will be drawn for a Coleman sponsored camping package worth over $1000.

The Bring Back the Salmon program is supported by lead sponsor Ontario Power Generation, and the LCBO Natural Heritage Fund, Banrock Station Wetlands Foundation and TD Friends of the Environment, as well as more than 40 other partners.

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 670 member clubs, the OFAH is the largest nonprofit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization in Ontario. For more information, visit www.ofah.org.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Robert Pye
    OFAH Manager, Corporate Relations
    705-748-6324 ext. 267
    Cell: 705-313-1700
    www.ofah.org