The warm sandy beaches of the north and east, the incredible tides of the Bay of Fundy, the world class rivers and endless forests — New Brunswick has an incredible natural heritage, but even here habitat loss is the greatest threat to our native plants and animals. Preventing the loss or degradation of significant habitat is the principal focus of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in New Brunswick.
Across the province we focus our efforts in five key areas:
The spectacular and productive coastal wetlands, peat bogs, sand dunes and beaches of the Acadian Peninsula support breeding bird colonies and massive numbers of migratory ducks and shorebirds. Three quarters of New Brunswick's population of the endangered piping plover nest on these beaches.
In the Upper Bay of Fundy, the Chignecto and Shepody Bays are characterized by the highest tides in the world, the largest concentration of salt marshes in the Bay of Fundy and extensive mudflats. From late July to mid-September massive flocks of shorebirds, numbering in the millions, stop to feed in the mudflats of the Upper Bay of Fundy, including 75 percent of the world population of semipalmated sandpipers.
Lower Bay of Fundy
Internationally renowned for its tides and its wildlife, the Lower Bay of Fundy is a biologically rich area that supports important colonies of seabirds, waterfowl ansd shorebirds as well as globally important populations of whales and other marine species.
The Meduxnekeag Watershed
The Meduxnekeag Watershed is one of the most significant riparian forest areas in the Maritimes, containing nearly half of the province's remaining Appalachian hardwood forest sites. Appalachian hardwood forest is characterized by four "indicator" trees: white ash, basswood, ironwood and butternut.
The coastal dunes, warm waters and glittering beaches of the Northumberland Strait attract many visitors each summer. They are also habitat for many rare and endangered species, including piping plover.