Volunteer birders on the Grand Codroy Estuary Nature Reserve (Photo by M. Dembeck)

Volunteer birders on the Grand Codroy Estuary Nature Reserve (Photo by M. Dembeck)

Birders come together at Torbay Gully Nature Reserve

Bird watching, Sandy Point, NL (Photo by Aiden Mahoney)

Bird watching, Sandy Point, NL (Photo by Aiden Mahoney)

Staff and volunteers with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) conducted a bird survey this past weekend at the Torbay Gully Nature Reserve, an urban wetland just outside St. John’s. Volunteers identified and counted bird species in and around the freshwater wetland to inform future management of the nature reserve. Cedar waxwings, yellow warblers and swamp sparrows were some of the birds spotted throughout the day.

The Torbay Gully Bird Survey was the second of four hands-on Conservation Volunteers events offered by NCC in Newfoundland and Labrador this summer, and one of 60 Conservation Volunteers events offered across Canada. Since 2006, NCC’s Conservation Volunteers program has engaged more than 16,000 Canadians in more than 1,400 conservation projects across the country.
 
Volunteers can register at 709-753-5540 or online at conservationvolunteers.ca for upcoming volunteering events.

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