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Sandy Point Island, NL (Photo by NCC)

Sandy Point Island, NL (Photo by NCC)

Sandy Point Beach Cleanup

Help us keep critical nesting habitat clean of ocean debris.

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August 17, 2024

Stephenville Crossing, NL

Time: 9:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.
Location: St. George’s Marina, 16 Church Street, St. George’s, NL

Are you looking for an opportunity to help protect coastal nesting habitat? Join us for a day of shoreline cleanup at the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Sandy Point Nature Reserve.

Sandy Point is a 1,000-hectare island in St. George’s Bay, on the southwest coast of Newfoundland. Its diverse landscape, with dunes and salt marshes, is uncommon to this coastal region, which is typically made up of rocky shorelines and steep cliffs. Such a unique environment attracts numerous bird species, including the endangered piping plover. Historically, Sandy Point was once the largest community on the western edge of the province. Today, you can still see the structural remains of the island’s former inhabitants. NCC is currently protecting nine properties here, totalling almost 28 hectares.

Not only is this an opportunity to reduce the risks of marine debris to both land-based and marine species, but it also gives everyone a chance to explore this formerly settled island and learn a bit more about the natural and historic uniqueness of Sandy Point. It’s also rewarding to see our progress throughout the day.

Pre-registration for this event is required.

Field safety notes

  • Moderate fitness level is required.
  • Repetitive motion
  • There are no toilets on site.
  • All tools will be provided by NCC.
  • Water and snacks will be provided.

Equipment to bring with you

  • closed-toe shoes
  • long pants
  • light layers
  • rain jacket
  • water bottle
  • lunch, snacks
  • hat
  • bug spray
  • sunscreen
  • any necessary medications

Please note

Additional event details, including driving directions and parking instructions, will be provided closer to the event day. Please come prepared for the weather.

All local health and safety restrictions and guidelines will apply.

Questions

Please call or email Jennifer Sullivan, Newfoundland and Labrador stewardship coordinator, at (709)-753-5540 or jennifer.sullivan@natureconservancy.ca.

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