Abrams Village (Photo by Sean Landsman)
In January 2018, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) purchased two new properties in Abrams Village, expanding our conserved lands in the area to 170 acres (69 hectares). All three properties are located along the Haldimand River, west of Summerside. They include coastal forest and a large salt marsh habitat. Abrams Village is located in the heart of the francophone Acadian Evangeline Region. The village is named after Abraham Arsenault, the first European who settled in the county during the 1820s.
This area provides important habitat for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. It was recognized by the PEI government as a top conservation priority in the mid-1990s. Since 2009, NCC has worked to conserve forest, wetland and extensive salt marsh habitat here. Intact salt marshes like the one in Abrams Village are rare in PEI. Early European settlers harvested salt marsh hay for their livestock, and often diked or altered the marshes.
This property is a birder’s dream: common terns, bald eagles, cedar waxwings and willets can all be seen on the mud flats or heard calling from the wetlands. Rare Nelson’s sharp-tailed sparrows have been spotted in the salt marsh.
Binoculars are highly recommended!