The Bird River is a real conservation hotspot in Manitoba, one that we’ve highlighted in our recent educational report, Wild Manitoba: 5 Natural Treasures at Risk. This region encompasses a wealth of wildlife, is relatively pristine and is accessible for many people by foot or by paddle.
However, mining plans pose an imminent risk to the Bird River.
Cabot Corporation, the company that operates the Tanco Mine at Bernic Lake, proposed a plan to drain water from Bernic Lake – a lake that has been contaminated from their mine operations – into the Bird River. After many Manitobans appealed to the provincial government about this issue, the application to drain the lake was withdrawn. But a new mining claim has been discovered on the banks of the river.
The Wilderness Committee is proposing a new protected area to encompass the lower Bird River, one that will protect it and the surrounding lands for future generations.
Please join us in our campaign by sending a letter to the Manitoba government, asking them to permanently protect the lands and waters of the lower Bird River.
Photo: The lower Bird River (Eric Reder).