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Jack Miner

Jack Miner was a noted conservationist and naturalist. He was born on April 10, 1865 in Dover Center, Ohio (now Westlake). He moved to Ontario, Canada, in 1878 and achieved worldwide recognition for his pioneering studies of waterfowl migration. He became a professional trapper and market hunter to help supplement the family income in the brick and tile manufacturing business. In 1904 he formed one of the first “Game Protective Associations” and also founded the JACK MINER Bird Sanctuary at Kingsville, Ontario for the conservation of migrating Canada geese and wild ducks. He began banding waterfowl to determine their subsequent movements. During his life Miner lectured throughout North American on wildlife conservation. He has been referred to as the fifth best known man on the continent of North America only preceded by Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Eddie Rickenbacker and Charles Lindberg. Thousands of people come to the sanctuary every year to see, in the migratory seasons, one of the greatest free shows on earth. Just before dusk the honking V’s come in, wave after wave, off Lake Erie, for their evening feast. The big honkers are preserved for generations to come. Jack Miner died on November 3, 1944, but his legacy is destined to live for countless generations.