Black-capped chickadee at small wetland adjacent to NCC beach in Grand Manan (Photo by Nick Hawkins)
Plan a visit to one of the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s newest conservation areas, the spectacular Grand Manan Migratory Bird Sanctuary Nature Reserve, on the Bay of Fundy. Located in a globally significant Important Bird Area, the island of Grand Manan is one of the best destinations for birders in Atlantic Canada, with more than 300 species of birds recorded here.
Thanks to the generosity of two New Brunswick families who donated their land, NCC has protected 319 acres (129 hectares) of valuable habitat on the southeast coast of the island. Arlene Small donated land in memory of her parents, Hartford and Bessie Ingalls; and Earl Brewer and Sandy Kitchen donated land in memory of Wayne B. Kitchen. This conservation area is located inside a designated Migratory Bird Sanctuary and includes mature coastal forest, a large freshwater pond and a 500-metre coastline with a sand and gravel beach. NCC’s Grand Manan conservation area is accessible to the public and is just a short walk from the Anchorage Provincial Park in Grand Harbour.
To learn more about the Migratory Bird Sanctuary, visit ec.gc.ca/ap-pa/default.asp?lang=En&n=A2DA5DD7-1.