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RE: Regarding the Roy Ivor Bird Sanctuary.
Dear Council members: Jan. 7, 2009
Currently the City of Mississauga is
considering purchasing the last acre of the Winding Lane or Roy Ivor Bird
Sanctuary, in the Sawmill Valley Creek & Trail area, across the road from the
University of Toronto in Mississauga (Erindale campus). For more than 75
years the Roy Ivor Bird Sanctuary has been world renown and in the last
25 years, run by Bernice Inman-Emery who open its doors to more native wildlife.
Even before there was a Mississauga people knew of Roy and in time he became
know as the Birdman of Mississauga & Bernice as the Birdwoman of Mississauga.
Mr. Ivor has written for the National Geographic Magazine, as well as other
international magazines in his modest efforts to advance science, peoples
appreciation of their feathered friends and published a book - I Live with
Birds. Both Mr. Ivor and his Bird Sanctuary are historical elements to
Mississauga, because both he and Bernice were host to countless school trips
for students to learn and discover the natural world and how we can heal the
injures more often then not, caused by mankind - it is a living cultural
heritage or legacy site.
When considering your answer as to the future use or destruction of the valuable medical assesses at the Bird Sanctuary please also consider that whole area and Mississauga, owns Mr. Ivor a big debt and thank you. In 1928 he originally bought 40 acres, part of the Racey Indian track but over time it shrunk to just 3 acres. No one gets rich looking after those with no SIN numbers or pay cheques. BUT because of his efforts at keeping his valley wild it is noted as Environmentally Significant Areas (ESA's) in the Credit River Watershed both by the Credit Valley Conservation and by the Ministry of Nature Resources, ( Natural Heritage Information Centre) that lists the Roy Ivor Woodlot both provincial and regional as a life science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI). Other quotes include - "Ivor's Bird Sanctuary is an important wooded area within the City of Mississauga. ... The City of Mississauga Planning Department (1976) has described Ivor's Bird Sanctuary as one of the largest continuous tracts of woods in Mississauga." & "Once described as the most beautiful valley and largest tract of continuous woods in Mississauga, Roy Ivor Woodlot, while drastically altered, still remains one of the city's largest forests." - 1995. Lets keep the dream alive and show Mississaugans that Mississauga Council understands and cares.
Two other matters to consider. First Council should consider renaming the Sawmill Valley Creek & Trail area, the Roy Ivor Woods and Bernice could be honoured by naming the area used for healing as the Bernice Native Wildlife Sanctuary. Second, the deer crossing sign on Mississauga Rd., going north is in the wrong place. It should be at the top of the small hill or a large second sign, where the road narrows, on the sawed off wooden street post because drivers can’t see over the hill to the area where it is clear deer cross on to the University of Toronto campus. The current sign is too far back and small to be easily noticed by motorists. I see only 4 deer left, will the City make efforts to keep them safe and healthy?
I am willing to discuss my letter with you. My phone number is
(905) ***-**** & e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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