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Talon Tales - Spotlight on Supporters

The Canadian Peregrine Foundation

Regular features of Talon Tales:
SPOTLIGHT ON SUPPORTERS

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Articles printed to date:


March 2002:  Oxford Properties, St. Lawrence Cement


November 2001:  Kortright Centre for Conservation, Wildcare Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
August 2001: Georgian Bay Osprey Society, Richmond Hill Naturalists, Argo / Central Fairbank Lumber
May 2001:  Microwave Telemetry Inc., Falconbridge Limited, Telus, Home Depot
February 2001:
 
Intercon Security, Friends of the Environment Foundation, Clarica, Weed Man, Ontario Power Generation


August 1999:  Partners and Supporters 1999


 

The page below is an example of the Spotlight on Supporters section
(from our
May 2001 issue of Talon Tales)

Spotlight on supporters

 

Toronto Supporters

Sheraton
Centre
Toronto
Hotel

 

King 
Edward
Hotel

 

Four
Seasons
Hotel

 

Toronto
Humane
Society

 

 

 

 

Niagara
Falls Supporters

 

New York State
Department of
Environmental
Conservation

 

Ontario
Power
Generation

 

 

 

 

Etobicoke
Supporters

Clarica
Centre

 

Oxford
Properties

 

Kingsway-on-
the-Park

 

YesIC
Communications

 

Ontario
Ministry
of Natural
Resources

 

 

 

 

Hamilton
Supporters

Sheraton
Hamilton
Hotel

 

Friends of the
Environment Foundation

 

Hamilton
Naturalists’
Club

 

 

CPF’s efforts this summer will be focused largely on Project Track-’em, Project Watch-’em, and the construction of the early phases of the CPF Education Centre. This issue’s spotlight on CPF supporters shines on some of the companies who are helping us with these programs:


Microwave Telemetry Incorporated:

A closeup of Nate’s transmitter in August 2000 prior to its application. (Photo by Mark Nash)

Microwave Telemetry Inc. has been at the forefront of satellite transmitter research and production for more than a decade. Their early units weighed 100 grams and were suitable for use only on very large birds such as eagles. 
But within a few years, technological advances made it possible for Microwave Telemetry to produce units as light as 20 grams, opening the door for satellite research on peregrine falcons.  Always striving to push technology to new limits, Microwave Telemetry has just released the first of its solar-powered transmitters, and efforts are underway to continue to reduce the size and weight of the units being produced to allow for studies of even smaller birds. Microwave Telemetry has reliably provided all of CPF’s transmitters, sometimes on short notice. Company president Dr. Paul Howie also donated two free units to CPF last year, enabling us to significantly expand the scope of our study. These units represent an in-kind donation of approximately $10,000, and CPF is extremely grateful for this generosity.
Official website:  www.microwavetelemetry.com 

Falconbridge Limited:

Once plans for Project Track-’em were put into motion, the priority for CPF turned to finding sponsors willing to help with the considerable costs of the program. One of the first corporations to express an interest was Falconbridge Limited. Mark Nash, Bill Green, and Marcel Gahbauer brought Qetesh to their head office in Toronto in early 2000 to introduce executives to the idea of Project Track-’em. As a result of this meeting, Falconbridge agreed to fund a satellite transmitter for Adelaide. The company has since agreed to sponsor a second transmitter for the 2001-2002 season.

Falconbridge entered the mining business in 1928, and is now among the leading producers of nickel, copper, cobalt, and platinum group metals, as well as one of the world’s largest recyclers of metal-bearing materials. 

Adelaide having a meal on a downtown Toronto building ledge in July 2000, wearing the transmitter sponsored by Falconbridge. (Photo by Jack Fitch)

The company currently operates in 14 countries and has over six thousand employees. Falconbridge has developed a Code of Ethics to guide safe and environmental operations.
Official website:  www.falconbridge.com 

Telus Communications

The Telus "Mike" phones are an indispensable communication tool during the CPF’s annual Fledgling Watches. (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

The goal of CPF’s Fledgling Watches is to monitor the activities of young peregrines and rescue them from dangerous situations which may arise. Near most of the urban nests in Ontario, it is impossible to see more than a fraction of the skyline from any one spot, therefore volunteers are often asked to spread out over a wide area to ensure that the birds can be kept in view.

It is critical that each volunteer be able to reach the coordinator at any time should an emergency develop, as a peregrine on the ground cannot be left unattended, nor should any volunteer attempt to capture a bird on their own. This is where Telus comes in. For the 1998 nesting season, Telus (known as Clearnet at the time) provided CPF with six "Mike" units. These operate not only as traditional cell phones, but also as two-way radios. 

On several occasions, these have provided a critical link between site coordinators and volunteers during rescues. With the growth of CPF’s monitoring efforts, the number of phones was expanded to nine in 1999. Also, since CPF was increasingly being called upon to undertake raptor rescues throughout the year, Telus agreed to let CPF keep six units in use throughout the year, with additional units to be activated annually during the peak breeding season. This represents an annual in-kind donation to the Canadian Peregrine Foundation of well over $4000.

Founded in Alberta in 1990, Telus expanded across Canada in 1999 upon merging with BC Telecom. Aiming to become a major competitor in the national communications market, Telus is striving to improve service for customers ranging from individuals and small businesses to multinational corporations, while also supporting community groups with financial and in-kind donations totaling $14 million in 2000.
Official website: www.telus.com 


Home Depot Canada

In recent months, Home Depot Canada has been one of the Canadian Peregrine Foundation’s biggest supporters. Home Depot was founded in Atlanta in 1978 and has since become the world’s largest home improvement retail outlet, with almost 60 stores in Canada and more than 1000 around the world. 

CPF volunteers at the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show hold up the Home Depot buckets. (Photo by Brian Hart)

The company has made a commitment to helping community groups, and last year reserved a budget of more than $25 million for programs involving affordable housing, at-risk youth, and the environment. Prior to the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show, the Scarborough Home Depot store at Eglinton and Bellamy provided CPF with 200 large plastic Home Depot buckets. These proved to be a remarkable fundraising tool, contributing greatly to CPF’s success at the show. More recently, Home Depot provided even more substantial support by donating more than $3,000 worth of materials for the construction of phase one of the CPF Education Centre, as well as the Kitchener-Waterloo hack box.
Official website:  www.homedepot.com 

 

 

CPF Supporters

Clearnet

 

Rochester
Gas &
Electric
Corporation

 

Weedman

 

Wilderness Preservation Committee of Ontario

 

Home Depot Canada

 

Toronto
Sportsmen’s Show

 

Wild Birds Unlimited (Guelph)

 

Gordon Hare

 

Discovery Channel

 

Bayer

 

Predator Entertainment

 

The Owl
Foundation

 

Mountsberg
Wildlife Centre

 

Toronto Region
Conservation
Authority

 

Kortright Centre
for Conservation

 

Wildcare Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
(Woodbridge)

 

Ulrich Watermann & Bird Control International

 

Canadian Raptor
Conservancy

 

Dave & Kim Gibson

 

Toronto
Wildlife Centre

 

AAA Wildlife Control

 

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