Jack Miner Public School is a JK-grade 8 school in the north-west part of Whitby. Our student population is comprised of 370 Main Stream students and 120 Gifted Program students. We also have one primary level special education class with 7 students. The students in our Gifted Program come from all over Whitby.
Miner’s staff and parent community support academics and co-curricular activities. Some of these activities include school teams, bands, choir, clubs, special events and several overnight trips. These opportunities encourage and develop the strengths and interests of our students. We believe that student leadership development is an important part of character development.
Who was Jack Miner?
born April 10, 1865, Dover Centre, Ohio, U.S.
died Nov. 3, 1944, Kingsville, Ont., Can.
John Thomas Miner: Canadian naturalist, author, and lecturer who won a reputation as a leading bird conservationist and who conducted extensive research into migratory patterns.
Miner moved to Essex county, Ont., in 1878. In 1904, on his farm at Kingsville, he established a bird sanctuary that became widely known. Banding more than 50,000 ducks between 1910 and 1915, he made the first complete banding records of North American birds.
Miner had begun banding ducks and geese in August, 1909. He banded his first duck with a hand-stamped aluminum band, which was recovered five months later in Anderson, South Carolina, constituting the first complete banding record. His bird tags quoted scripture: "Keep yourselves in the love of God—Jude 1-21" and "With God all things are possible—Mark 10-27". Thousands of subsequent bird taggings over the following years produced copious data that would help to establish the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, representing an agreement between six nations making it unlawful to capture, sell, or kill certain migratory birds.
In 1910, Miner began a lifelong career of lecturing. He spoke about wildlife conservation and the need for the establishment of sanctuaries and wildlife refuges, and told of his banding, research, and habitat preservation methods. He encouraged junior bird clubs and the building of bird boxes, and expressed his concern about the declining ecological condition of the Great Lakes.
His sanctuary eventually became the temporary home of more than 50,000 migrating Canada geese. In 1931 his friends established the Jack Miner Migratory Bird Foundation to ensure the continuation of his work. He received the Order of the British Empire in 1943 “for the greatest achievement in Conservation in the British Empire.”