NCC receives U.S. support for Grand Manan conservation project
Only $40,000 more needed to fully protect bird sanctuary
A globally-significant bird habitat on the island of Grand Manan is one step closer to being conserved, thanks to recent donations from American organizations. The Davis Conservation Fund and the William P. Wharton Trust, along with the American Friends of Nature Conservancy of Canada, are contributing just over $25,000 toward the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC's) conservation project on Grand Manan. NCC is raising funds to purchase and conserve the last 28-acre (11-hectare) unprotected parcel of land inside the Grand Manan Migratory Bird Sanctuary, a federally designated sanctuary.
“The Nature Conservancy of Canada is very grateful to our American donors for helping us raise some of the funds needed to protect this vital bird habitat on Grand Manan,” says Paula Noel, New Brunswick program director for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “Once conserved, this property will provide a permanent safe haven in Atlantic Canada for a great diversity of shorebirds and migratory birds, including several at-risk species. We are appealing to our local supporters to build on these American donations and help NCC complete this important conservation project.”
More than 350 species of birds have been identified on and around Grand Manan Island. The Grand Manan Migratory Bird Sanctuary was created by the Canadian government many years ago, and is located in an internationally recognized Important Bird Area; however, some of the land inside the sanctuary boundary remained in private hands and could have been developed for beachfront cottages.
“Because it’s so close to the U.S./Canada border and so famous for its diversity of birds, the Island of Grand Manan is well-known to many Americans, and appreciated by all those supporting this conservation project,” says Jill Dimic, Executive Director of American Friends of Nature Conservancy of Canada. “The American donations to NCC’s project on Grand Manan are a wonderful example of how the love of wildlife unites people across borders.”
The 28-acre property NCC is working to conserve is located on the southeast side of Grand Manan Island, near The Anchorage Provincial Park. The property includes coastal barrens, forest, and more than 3,700 feet of coastline. It is the last remaining unprotected land in the nearly 1,000 acre Grand Manan Migratory Bird Sanctuary, and borders the other lands protected by the Nature Conservancy of Canada, which has conserved nearly 600 acres on Grand Manan.
The owner of the 28-acre (11-hectare) property is selling it at a reduced rate; however, NCC still needs to raise $40,000 to purchase the land. Through existing conservation grant programs, the Canadian and American governments will match donations by individuals and companies to this project. To find out how you can help, contact NCC in New Brunswick at 1-877-231-4400. All donations to the Nature Conservancy of Canada are tax deductible.
• Nature Conservancy of Canada protects key bird habitats around the Bay of Fundy, an important Canadian stopover site for migratory birds on the Atlantic Flyway, through its New Brunswick nature reserves at Grand Manan, Musquash Estuary and Johnson’s Mills, and its Brier Island nature reserve in Nova Scotia. These projects have been funded under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.
• American Friends of Nature Conservancy of Canada (AFNCC) fosters support and assists in obtaining funds from U.S. residents, citizens, corporations and foundations for priority conservation projects to protect areas of biological diversity in Canada, for their intrinsic value and for the benefit of future generations. Since 2005, AFNCC has contributed more than $17 million to important conservation work across Canada.
• Grand Manan provides habitat for many endangered, threatened or special concern birds, as assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), such as red knot, barn swallow, bank swallow, common nighthawk, Canada warbler, bobolink, olive-sided flycatcher, eastern wood-pewee and rusty blackbird.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares across the country. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved more than 29,500 hectares (74,000 acres) in the Atlantic provinces.
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