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Duck and Run to be held in Sackville to support wetlands

By Tara Clow Sep 18, 2023 | 11:05 AM

A new event in Sackville will help to raise funds for wetlands.

Spokesperson Jamie Young says it’s called the Duck and Run, “It’s a national fun run that is to raise money and awareness for Ducks Unlimited Canada. It works to protect Canada’s wetlands communities across the country. Sackville is going to be hosting one and five-kilometre races, and a virtual run as well.  You can walk run roll or even waddle. We’re hoping people come to enjoy the outdoors and do their part to conserve and restore wetlands.”

Sackville was chosen because it is a community that has recognized the importance of wetland conservation for many years.

“Becoming a Wetland City validates that these areas are the very fibre of our community,” says Sackville Mayor Andrew Black. “It’s a source of pride for our town: the surrounding wetlands of the Tantramar Marsh provide invaluable, beautiful spaces for wildlife, plus education and recreation for people. They clean our drinking water and buffer the effects of extreme weather.”

Participants will start at the Sackville Visitor Information Centre located at 31C Main Street and make their way through the Waterfowl Park.

“Wetlands help guard against seal level rise, they mitigate the effects of floods and they store huge amounts of carbon,” Young says. “They play a key role in fighting climate change and reducing the impact of wildfires and floods. This event comes at a critical time for our collective effort to protect the environment and our communities, as well as keep our beautiful natural spaces for future generations to enjoy, ” Young adds.

The Duck and Run will be held October 14th and 15th around Waterfowl Park. To register visit ducks.ca/run