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Opening comments:  More at the end.

    Faint hope that the Dream of Roy Ivor and Bernice for a Bird Sanctuary in Mississauga can be kept alive.
    Reason being;

    A).    Those in Mississauga City hall actually care about living things that don't vote for them or give money to their election

    B).    The requirements for the Toronto Wildlife Centre are many and expense - but do able if the public can motivate our elected

               They include;
                                1) - a fence with barbed wire on the top all around (can be seen in picture below), this is sadly a must because far
                                      too often there are those who will come in the dead of night to steal, kill, main the animals or just vandalize
                                      the outdoor pens.  This has happened to them and in Mississauga - the Newspaper articles are a testimony to
                                      this fact.  The City would like to just buy the land and tear down all trace of the Roy Ivor Bird Sanctuary,
                                      expect maybe a token plaque - forget any thought of healing wounded birds or other animals - death to them!
                                      I have often been told that the City buys park land for the public to use, not to fence off.  However, the
                                      public does not have access to all land the City owns and then there is the Credit View Bog, it is fenced off,
                                      so that line of argument doesn't hold water, for knowledgeable taxpayers.

                                2) - set-up cost, after the fence there would be bring in services, maybe a road from a dead-end street, instead of
                                      using the windinglane.  This creates the risk of development of property along that route, as well.  Anyways,
                                      it would cost a lot and being hat in hat in these bad time - in Mississauga, will be a challenge for sure.
                                      Rebuilding the outdoor  pens.  Most of the wood can be used and there are very big 6 X 6 beams, even larger
                                      cross beams, so that is a cost savings.  In the past there has been lots of large corporate sponsors and
                                      volunteers, if enough people care others will join.

                                3) - this next point will not go over well with many animal lovers and it is in regards to Mr. Ivor's or Bernice's
                                      ideals but not a reality of the world we live in today.  Consider this fact, the wild bird hospital at the
                                      University of Guelph has closed couple years back - even more reason for a wildlife hospital in Mississauga,
                                      as these treatment centres are closing.  We have to consider that if not the Toronto Wildlife Centre, then it is
                                      likely nothing, and the animal in distress will die a painful death.  Having said that, the Toronto Wildlife
                                     Centre has to follow Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), policy and if an animal can't be returned to the
                                     wild, it has to be killed, well they call it put-down.  The Toronto Wildlife people have been around for many a
                                     year, they have proven their dedication to the welfare of those in their care but they have to follow the rules if
                                     they are to operate as a charity, in the open.   Even Mr. Ivor & Bernice had to end the suffering of many an
                                     animal.  They will be remembered for being far more liberal in allowing those that could not be returned to the
                                     wild, befriending them, creating artificial limbs for birds, etc. and letting them live out their lives under their
                                     care or in the care of others.  Changing the MNR policy is a future battle, which should be tried, BUT right
                                     now lets work on saving the lives of more then would be the case if the Toronto Wildlife Centre doesn't set-up
                                     shop in Mississauga.

                               4) - as they run a hospital, the tours that often happened in the past for school kids would not be happening.

    The Roy Ivor - the Birdman of Mississauga & Bernice Inman-Emery - the Birdwoman of Mississauga Web-page.

Toronto Star - Jan. 21, 2009, Wed. - pg.# A12 - Mike Funston, Staff reporter

Wildlife centre eyes new site in Mississauga
Quieter, more natural setting at old Winding Lane Bird Sanctuary

Alison Cooper trudges through the snow to feed some of the animals at the Toronto Wildlife Centre’s Scarborough location Jan. 20, 2009.  The centre, which cares for sick, orphaned or injured animals, including this otter,

is looking to relocate because urban sprawl is closing in on the site.

The Toronto Wildlife Centre is looking for a new place to take care of sick, injured and orphaned animals as urban sprawl closes in on its present site in Scarborough.

And Mississauga just might have the ideal spot – on the site of the former Winding Lane Bird Sanctuary made famous by the late ornithologist Roy Ivor.

Centre executive director Nathalie Karvonen confirmed the facility on the edge of Rouge Park near the Toronto Zoo is now too close to housing and a private petting zoo.  That wasn't the case when the centre set up there about 10 years ago.

"These are wild animals and very frightened of humans," said Karvonen of why a quieter, more natural setting on a larger site is needed.

About 6,000 birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians in distress are brought in annually.  The animals are kept indoors at the Downsview Park intake centre.  Once healthy enough for the outdoors, they are taken to the Rouge Park site.

A staff member checked out the Mississauga site yesterday.  It will be considered further once city officials have been contacted to determine if the property is available.

The Toronto Wildlife Centre is a non-profit, charitable organization and welcomes public offers of land that might be suitable for the centre, Karvonen said.  She can be reached at 416-631-0662.

About 270 species have been taken to the centre.  Most are birds but there are also raccoons, rabbits, white-tailed deer, beaver, weasel, coyotes, bats, porcupines, chipmunks, squirrels, opossum, snakes, turtles, toads and frogs.  They even looked after a tarantula once.

"Most people don't know about the huge diversity of wildlife that lives in the GTA or passes through during migration," she said.

The centre serves an area from the GTA to Barrie, west to Hamilton and east to Peterborough.

Known as the Birdman of Mississauga, Ivor, who died at age 99 in 1979, was internationally acclaimed for his work with birds.  He created the sanctuary on several hectares of forested property off Mississauga Rd., near the University of Toronto campus.

After Ivor's death, Bernice Inman-Emery, his helper, inherited one acre of the property and lived there while running the sanctuary.
Ill health has prevented her from continuing and the lot is up for sale.

The remaining sanctuary lands were bought by a developer and donated to the city, which has preserved it as parkland.

It is within a broader area of parkland in the Sawmill Creek valley.

Mississauga Councillor Katie Mahoney said the city has submitted an offer to buy the Inman-Emery property and hopes to save it from development.

Mahoney is aware of the wildlife centre's interest and has requested a meeting with Mayor Hazel McCallion and staff to discuss whether the city is open to a proposal from the centre.  If a request is made, "we have an obligation to take a look at it," Mahoney said.

It will make a difference!
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