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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Wildlife Biologists Commemorative Cairn (RM of St. Andrews)

This cairn was erected by the Manitoba Chapter of the Wildlife Society, at the confluence of Netley Creek and the Red River, at a ceremony on 5 October 1980. It commemorates wildlife biologists Allan J. Pakulak and Claude C. Holmstrom, and pilot Larry Francis, who were killed in an helicopter accident while conducting an aerial survey of wetlands in the vicinity, on 25 July 1973. The plaque was removed in early 2010.

Wildlife Biologists commemorative cairn

Wildlife Biologists commemorative cairn (2010)
Source: Amber Lahti

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.29218, W96.86673
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Pakulak Commemorative Monument (Oak Hammock Marsh, RM of Rockwood)


“Helicopter crash kills 3” by Ron Campbell, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 July 1973, page 1.

Obituaries [Claude Colbert Holmstrom and Allan John Pakulak], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 July 1973, page 35.

“Rough weekend for fowl hunters” by Mel Dagg, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 October 1980, page 91.

This page was prepared by Amber Lahti and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 March 2020

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