Official presentation of the hummingbird video and collector coin to celebrate National Wildlife Week

    OTTAWA, April 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Wildlife Federation,
Environment Canada and the Royal Canadian Mint are teaming up to celebrate
National Wildlife Week 2007 at the Canadian Museum of Nature on Wednesday,
April 11, 2007 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    The celebrations include two exciting events featuring the ruby-throated

    - The unveiling of the newest video in the "wildly" successful Hinterland
      Who's Who series, featuring one of Canada's most popular birds, the
      ruby-throated hummingbird.
    - The Royal Canadian Mint's official launch of a painted 25-cent
      collector coin to commemorate this amazing little bird, which weighs
      less than a nickel!

    The Canadian Wildlife Federation, one of Canada's largest nonprofit
conservation organizations, and Environment Canada have been working together
on the Hinterland Who's Who wildlife education program since it was
re-launched in 2003.
    "The Hinterland Who's Who series plays an important role in engaging and
educating Canadians in wildlife and conservation," said the Honourable John
Baird, Minister of the Environment. "I'd like to congratulate the Canadian
Wildlife Federation and their partners for the valuable, on-the-ground work
they do to conserve and preserve nature."
    Representing Minister Baird at the event, Ottawa-Orleans Member of
Parliament Royal Galipeau congratulated all the organizations who have made
Hinterland Who's Who a cherished Canadian success, "Like all the others, this
new vignette gives us interesting insight into the habits and habitat of one
of Canada's most beloved creatures."
    The Royal Canadian Mint and its employees selected wildlife and nature as
one of its causes of choice under its charitable donations program. This
project reflects the beauty of wildlife often depicted on Canadian coins.
    "Supporting wildlife conservation efforts is very important to employees
at the Mint," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian
Mint. "We are pleased to join the Canadian Wildlife Federation in celebrating
one of Canada's most beautiful birds featured on this stunning new collector
    The Canadian Wildlife Federation is pleased to be collaborating with
Environment Canada and the Royal Canadian Mint in the effort to promote
wildlife conservation in Canada. "We are delighted to rekindle the connection
that Canadians had with the original Hinterland Who's Who series while
connecting with young Canadians and attracting new fans of the series" says
Colin Maxwell, the Canadian Wildlife Federation's Executive Vice President. 
"Working with Environment Canada and the Royal Canadian Mint was a logical fit
because they are as much a part of Canada as the animals that are featured on
Hinterland Who's Who".

    About Canadian Wildlife Federation:

    CWF is dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of our natural
world. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, sponsoring
research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending
legislative changes, and cooperating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages
a future in which Canadians may live in harmony with nature. Visit for more information.

    About the Royal Canadian Mint:

    The Royal Canadian Mint, an ISO 9001-2000 certified company, is the Crown
Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada's
circulation coins. In operation since 1908, the Royal Canadian Mint is
recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world,
offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and
related services on an international scale. For more information on the RCM,
its products and services, visit

    About Environment Canada:

    Environment Canada's mandate is to preserve and enhance the quality of
the natural environment; conserve Canada's renewable resources; conserve and
protect Canada's water resources; forecast weather and environmental change;
enforce rules relating to boundary waters; and coordinate environmental
policies and programs for the federal government. Visit for more

For further information:

For further information: Jennifer James, Canadian Wildlife Federation,
Communications Officer, (613) 599-9594 ext.219; Sandy Baumgartner, Canadian
Wildlife Federation, Executive Director, Programs and Communications, (613)
599-9594 ext 228; Alexandre Reeves, Royal Canadian Mint, Manager,
Communications, (613) 949-5777

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