Parkland Mews Falconry and Bird of Prey Education Centre

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About Us

Parkland Mews is a registered Canadian charity located in Manitoba Canada. The organization was founded in 1994 and Robert Wheeldon serves as the Executive Director.

The concept for a bird of prey organization first materialized in July of 1994. By years end we were incorporated and received charitable status from Revenue Canada. We also secured a long-term management agreement with the City of Winnipeg for a portion of a nature park on the outskirts of the city to be set-aside for our purposes. The setting includes a dwelling for the on-site manager.

In 1995 funding became available for a full time staff member to manage and promote the organization. Additional funds were obtained for hiring summer students for development of the site. That same year Parkland Mews made it possible for an aerial survey to be undertaken of Manitoba to assess the numbers of breeding Peregrines in the province as part of a national Peregrine Falcon Recovery effort. Staff also monitored young falcon chicks destined for release at an urban site in Winnipeg.

Education forms a major part of our operation. It became necessary to complete the very involved process of creating new regulations under the Manitoba Wildlife Act before birds of prey were permitted for use in flying demonstrations in the school program. During the period between 1995 and 1998 we worked with politicians, senior government staff and the public at large to introduce falconry to Manitoba. Students in Manitoba are now able to witness trained birds of prey free flying as part of the science curriculum.

Having achieved the means to support our education endeavors, it was equally important to maintain our conservation efforts on behalf of the Peregrine Falcon. Therefore in 1999 Parkland Mews set a new initiative in the form of a proposal to Manitoba Conservation expressing our willingness to undertake a recovery action. In January 2000 permits were issued under the Endangered Species Act allowing Parkland Mews to hold Peregrine Falcons. That same year we were able to raise enough money to purchase four Peregrine Falcon chicks and build facilities in which to hold and maintain them.





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