Fantastic Family Day fun found all over Haldimand

Fantastic Family Day fun found all over Haldimand
Rick Ludkin of York and Danielle Vaarkamp of Hagersville work together to release a female Cardinal who was banded at Ruthven Park National Historic Site’s annual Family Day bird banding event. This was the second year Ruthven has hosted this event, which included bird banding demonstrations, a scavenger hunt on the property to look for various wildlife, and an educational program showcasing rescued birds. —Haldimand Press photo by Rachel Vaarkamp.

CAYUGA—Dozens of families across Haldimand took part in various activities planned in celebration of Family Day on Monday, February 18, 2019.

All four arenas hosted free skates, along with free family-friendly activities off the ice, for a portion of the day.

Ruthven Park National Historic Site held their second annual Family Day bird banding event, which included bird banding demonstrations, a scavenger hunt on the property to look for various wildlife, and an educational program showcasing rescued birds. The event started at 1 p.m. with attendees taking part in a scavenger hunt on the grounds to look for wildlife and interesting features around the Ruthven mansion. At 2 p.m. Wild Ontario, a program through the University of Guelph which promotes environmental education and reducing human impact on nature, put on a show for people to meet a few of the rescued birds that they look after.

The 38th annual Heritage Day took place at the Selkirk Centennial Hall on Family Day as well. The event is put on by the North Erie Shore Historical Society, as well as through the help of many volunteers. Attendees were invited to learn a bit about the history of the area through heritage displays. There were also demonstrations such as sausage making, old-fashioned crafts and toys, as well as food and live music. Dana Stavinga, Co-chair of the event with Judy Dosser, said “It’s an opportunity to bring the community together for one day and let everyone partake in local heritage and culture.” The event brings over a thousand people every year coming from as far as Niagara and Hamilton.

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