Abram Village, PEI (Photo by NCC)

Abram Village, PEI (Photo by NCC)

Abrams Village

Abram Village, Prince Edward Island (Photo by NCC)

Abram Village, Prince Edward Island (Photo by NCC)

Abrams Village is where the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) owns a 31-acre (13-hectare) property that features wetland and coastal habitat, along with almost pristine salt marsh. Despite being an island, the PEI coastline has relatively few salt marshes, making the Abrams Village marsh a crucial area. Furthermore, this area is an important habitat for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds.

Abrams Village at a glance

The Abrams Village estuary is located about 30 kilometres from Summerside and is part of the Northumberland Strait coastline. Coastal wetland habitats in the Northumberland Strait are ecologically rich and critical in the lifecycle of many populations of migrating waterfowl, shorebirds and seabirds.

Conservation values

In the shallow waters of the estuary, birds species include:

  • great blue heron
  • greater yellowlegs
  • common tern
  • semipalmated plover
  • black-bellied plover
  • belted kingfisher

The salt marsh nurtures several species, including black duck, Nelson's sharp-tailed sparrow and spotted sandpiper.

Threats

The coast along the Northumberland Strait continues to be subjected to environmental stress from cottage, residential and recreational development. The continued and rapid loss of coastal wildlife habitat to development along the Strait necessitates action to protect those areas that have remained relatively intact and that still support wildlife populations.

Connectivity

This property is part of the Haldimand River estuary. It contains important ecosystems such as a salt pond, salt marsh and freshwater wetland. Land surrounding this property is owned mostly by the Province of Prince Edward Island.

Our vision for Abrams Village

NCC wants to ensure that the important natural features in this area, which has been designated a priority area for conservation by the PEI Eastern Habitat Joint Venture and the provincial government, are conserved. We have a conservation plan for the area that includes engaging volunteers for the ongoing monitoring of the property.

To become involved or receive additional information please contact us at atlantic@natureconservancy.ca.

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