Why We Must Protect Beluga Whales: Quotes from Kids

September 15, 2021

We loved seeing all the creative entries for the #ProtectHudsonBay Colouring Contest. Thanks so much to everyone who entered, whether we met you during one of our daycare visits or at an in-person event!

We are happy to announce that David (age 5), Drew (age 6), and Hannah (age 8) were selected in our random draw among all entries. Those three lucky winners have been contacted by email and will receive a $25 McNally Robinson Booksellers gift card.

Also, the first 50 people who entered the contest will receive a Keep Manitoba Wild sticker! We’ll be sending them out shortly, so keep an eye on your mailbox.

We’d love to see where you put your sticker — they work great on water bottles, laptops, skateboards, windows, walls, vehicles, fridges, you name it! Email us a photo to be featured on our social media accounts so we can encourage others to Keep Manitoba Wild.

If you’d like to share the colouring sheet and beluga facts with someone else, you can still download the sheet at this link. Stay tuned for more contests and events from CPAWS Manitoba by subscribing to our event listing newsletter.

The Three Randomly Selected Winners

Here is the artwork created by our randomly selected winners. Scroll on for quotes from them and other participants about why they think protecting beluga whales and Hudson Bay is important.

David, age 5

Drew, age 6

Hannah, age 8

Why We Must Protect Beluga Whales and Hudson Bay

We shared some information about beluga whales and then asked participants why they think it’s important to protect beluga whales and Hudson Bay. Here’s what they had to say.

“We have to keep their habitat if we want to keep them!” — David, age 5

“I don’t want whales to be dead.” — James, age 4

“We need to protect the beluga whales because they are living animals.”

“Humans need to take care of beluga whales because there isn’t very many left.”

“It is important that we protect beluga whales because animals that eat them need to survive and we don’t want to break the life cycle of marine animals in the ocean.”

“I love them.” — Hannah, age 8

CPAWS Manitoba Outdoor Learning Program

This contest is meant to encourage Manitobans to safely learn about nature, appreciating the beauty of our wild spaces, as part of our outdoor learning program.

Outdoor learning is fundamental in establishing a long-lasting connection to nature. Researchers, educators, and parents alike agree that when people of any age spend time outdoors, there are immense physical, mental, social, and environmental benefits.

The purpose of this program is to increase access to outdoor learning and connect more Manitobans to nature and conservation efforts. This program is for educators and families to introduce important environmental topics and apply learning in an outdoor setting.

Help Keep Manitoba Wild


CPAWS Manitoba has helped establish 23 parks and protected areas thanks to people like you.

With your help, we can protect half our lands and waters for future generations of people and wildlife.