Moose, Cookville, NB (Photo by Mike Dembeck)
Moose, Cookville, NB (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

The Moose Sex Project

NCC's Moose Sex Project, bilingual buttons, Chignecto Isthmus | Contact 1-877-231-4000 to order (Photo by NCC)

NCC's Moose Sex Project, bilingual buttons, Chignecto Isthmus | Contact 1-877-231-4400 to order (Photo by NCC)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has launched an ambitious project to protect wildlife and species across Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The Chignecto Isthmus is a critical land bridge that serves as the only route for terrestrial wildlife to move in and out of Nova Scotia, where moose are an endangered species on the mainland.  

While New Brunswick has a healthy moose population totalling more than 29,000 individuals, mainland Nova Scotia's moose herd has been thinned to the point the species is endangered and now totals only about 1,000 individuals.

Our work in the Chignecto Isthmus, at a glance

Since species also cross borders and we are all interconnected, NCC is committed to conserving the long-term viability of wildlife populations not only in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia but across eastern Canada and the United States.

NCC has currently secured 18 properties in the Chignecto Isthmus Natural Area, which total more than 2,500 acres (1,012 hectares). These properties are located in the Upper Tantramar Watershed, Halls Hill and Baie Verte in New Brunswick and three sites near Amherst in Nova Scotia.

One of these projects was a land donation of 781 acres (316 hectares) by Joan and Derek Burney in the Cookville area. Kenneth Lund and his late brother Daniel Lund also made a land donation of 206 acres (83 hectares) in Halls Hill. NCC also received a generous land donation near Amhers from Hollis Cole. 

Partners in conservation

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has received generous support for these projects. Project partners have included:

  • The Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program 
  • The Nova Scotia Crown Share Land Legacy Trust
  • TD Bank Group - TD Forests Program
  • The Nova Scotia Department of Environment
  • The United States Fish and Wildlife Service through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA)
  • The Open Space Institute
  • Crabtree Foundation
  • The Lockhart Foundation
  • Atlantic Windows
  • Edward Young Reid II and Lester Bartson III Foundation,

More information is available below the video.







Conservation values

Moose populations are healthy in New Brunswick. However, in mainland Nova Scotia they are endangered. The Chignecto Isthmus is a key link for moose habitat to ensure this species can be sustained.

The Chignecto Isthmus features an extensive system of swamps, lakes, marshes and bogs. 

In addition to moose, other mammals and bird species found here include Canada lynx, bobcat and northern goshawk. The area is also a potential nesting site for American black duck, green-winged teal and wood duck.

Rare plants found on the Nova Scotia side of the Chignecto Isthmus include Halberd-leaf tearthumb and lesser wintergreen.


The Chignecto Isthmus is a narrow, sensitive corridor that, if not protected, would disrupt wildlife movement for many species in what conservation planners refer to as the Northern Appalachians-Acadia Ecoregion.

For more information and to learn how you can help, please contact NCC's Atlantic Region at 1-877-231-4400 or

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    Bulrush, Cookville, NB (Photo by Mike Dembeck
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    Moose, Cookville, NB (photo by Mike Dembeck)
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    Snow covered ground, Cookville, NB (Photo by Mike Dembeck)
  • Moose, Cookville, NB (photo by Mike Dembeck)
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    Moose, Cookville, NB (photo by Mike Dembeck)
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    White birch, Cookville, NB (Photo by Mike dembeck)
  • Moose, Cookville, NB (photo by Mike Dembeck)
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    Moose, Cookville, NB (photo by Mike Dembeck)



  • FIREWHIRL April 15, 2015 - 10:35
    great project

  • Anonymous January 04, 2015 - 4:24
    lets bring the moose back to nova scotia

  • Anonymous March 12, 2014 - 6:19
    Great project! I live in England and would like to know how I can get a hold of the buttons? Thank you

  • Fowler March 12, 2014 - 3:27
    Keep up good work!!

  • Bagpuss March 12, 2014 - 3:18
    Hi, I am in the UK and would like to support this work; how can I buy some of the badges (buttons) to publicise the project?

  • Bill March 12, 2014 - 7:31
    I support this project. How may I help and how may I get some of those great buttons?

  • vince canada March 12, 2014 - 3:56
    how do you get a moose sex badge,

  • Lee March 11, 2014 - 1:57
    I would also love to see some maps of how the corridor is going to be worked out. I know you have used maps in the Riding Mountain corridor in Manitoba.

  • Anonymous March 06, 2014 - 3:10
    why no maps of the area? Is that part of the project......hint hint

  • Mark July 24, 2013 - 7:20
    I am interested in this study / project. I travel to Cape Spear on a regular basis. We have spotted moose on a couple of occasions.

  • NCCAtlantic May 01, 2013 - 12:38
    Hi there Jane: Thank you for contacting the Nature Conservancy of Canada concerning our work in Chignecto Isthmus wilderness area on both sides of the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick border. It is a very important project for Atlantic Canada. I will be pleased to update you and send additional information.

  • Jane April 29, 2013 - 7:10
    How has the campaign gone? We'd love to know the prospect of this happening anytime soon. Remember, everyone, the moose were here (except in NL) way before us - our cars are deadlier to other creatures many times more than they are even to us, and it's incumbent upon us to drive with consideration. Rather than assume moose shouldn't be there, we'd better anticipate them - especially where signs have already been posted! Buying some land to connect their territory could only be a positive step to avoid moose-car collisions. We need ecology corridors everywhere.

  • gimpy chick January 26, 2013 - 4:51
    What a great project. So many species will benefit, and lets face it, if they don't have this route to follow more moose will find their way onto the highways - not a good situation for anyone - Moose or Human

  • inkslinger73 December 28, 2012 - 11:32
    Why not just transport them?thats how NFLD recieved moose from here in NB.A lot cheaper and then your guarenteed to have moose.makes more sence than "if we buy it they will come"idea

  • Anonymous December 25, 2012 - 9:55
    Your artical in ST paper Dec 24th has great meaning to you, but think of the familes who have lost love ones to moose on our highways and the work that has been done to fence our main roads so they may protect not only humans but also the animals. I am sure that all familes who have lost love ones do not wish to see animals killed on the highway so hope the route your are suggesting to have moose move to NS does not border on any main highway. Would like to give you more of my views on this subject. my phone number 506-684-3534. Reid MacPherson

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