April 10, 1865 – November 3, 1944
Influenced by the Book of Genesis, Jack Miner went from hunting to conserving wildlife. He believed that humans played a role in the decline of wildlife and he wanted to rectify that mistake. In the 1900s, Miner founded Essex County Game Protective Association to try and direct policies in relation to hunters and the ways they hunted. His efforts continued until he founded the Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary in 1904, which is one of the first bird sanctuaries in North America. This was a sanctuary for migrating Canada ducks and geese, where they could return to. His efforts were widely recognized as he was called "The Father of Conservation" by the Minneapolis Journal.
The Jack Miner Migratory Bird Foundation
The Jack Miner Migratory Bird Foundation is located in Kingsville, Ontario, Canada, and was established in 1936 to continue the legacy of Jack Miner. He founded the Migratory Waterfowl Refuge System by institutionalizing this sanctuary. It continues to operate through donations and grants. The house and the museum are open to the public, at no cost. There are nature trails around the sanctuary in the Jack Miner woods, which is open year-round as long as the weather permits.