13th Annual Nature Trust Dinner and Silent Auction
Thanks to All Who Participated, Making this a Great Evening of Celebration!
The Nature Trust’s 13th Annual Dinner and Auction took place October 28, 2010 at the World Trade & Convention Centre in Halifax.
This annual event presents a wonderful opportunity to come together and celebrate the remarkable achievements being made in private land conservation. The 350 attendees were moved by the passionate talk presented by guest speaker, Dr. George Archibald, a fellow Nova Scotian who has been a longtime volunteer and supporter of the Nature Trust and who is the co-founder of the International Crane Foundation.
The Annual Dinner also gives the Nature Trust the opportunity to thank the broad range of supporters who make possible our success. From individuals to businesses to government departments, Nova Scotians are having an important impact on provincial conservation initiatives. The Nature Trust honoured two such individuals this year with our Conservation Award. Recipients Darlene and the late Jack Stone are a true inspiration to us all – proof of how a love for nature can lead to creative and innovative ways of helping the Nature Trust preserve Nova Scotia’s irreplaceable natural legacy.
Thanks to all of our attendees for making this event such an incredible success, raising more than $40,000 for private land conservation efforts. We also extend special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor – Michelin, Gold Sponsor – RBC, Silver Sponsor – East Port Energy, Bronze Sponsor – Labatt, Print sponsor – The Printer, Print Media Sponsor – The Chronicle Herald and to our conservation tables – Miller Tirecraft, McInnes Cooper and ExxonMobil.
For a beautiful photo album from the event, please see our Facebook page.
Born on July 13, 1946 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Dr. George Archibald’s bird expertise and enthusiasm could have been predicted from a very young age. One of his earliest memories is crawling after a female duck and her offspring and soon enough he was breeding waterfowl, chickens and pheasants as a young boy. Archibald graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Halifax’s Dalhousie University in 1968; during his undergrad he worked both as a bird bander for the Department of Lands and Forests in Nova Scotia and as a bird caretaker at the Alberta Game Farm. His studies then took him to Cornell University to pursue his Ph D, which he received in 1977.
It was in the spring of 1973, that Dr. Archibald and his Cornell colleague Ronald Sauey established the International Crane Foundation, dedicated to the study and preservation of cranes. He served as the Director of the foundation until 2000, and is still employed fulltime with the organization, serving as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and continuing to make an international impact with his work. He is perhaps best known for his “dance” with the whooping crane, Tex. By imitating the courtship dancing behaviors of a male crane, he ensured that Tex could successfully be bred by artificial insemination. The outcome of this beautiful experiment was the much celebrated Gee Whiz, a male whooping crane. Dr. Archibald is still working around the world, travelling four months of the year and spending the rest of his time in Baraboo, Wisconsin where the I.C.F. headquarters are located.
Thanks to our dinner sponsors:
Presenting sponsor: Michelin
Michelin’s mission is “To make a sustainable contribution to progress in the mobility of people and goods by constantly enhancing freedom of movement, safety, efficiency and pleasure when on the move.”
Michelin is committed to working towards the protection and sustainability of Nova Scotia’s natural areas.
Gold sponsor: RBC
Silver sponsor: East Port Energy
Bronze sponsor: Labatt Brewery
Printing sponsor: The Printer
Print media sponsor: The Chronicle Herald
Raffle sponsor: Porter Airlines