Codroy Valley Fall Bird Survey

Event Details

September 22nd, 2018, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grand Codroy Estuary Nature Reserve (Doyles), Newfoundland and Labrador
Inventories and Monitoring

Birders of all levels, join NCC in observing and counting waterfowl species in and around the Grand Codroy Estuary! This area is prime habitat for a large variety of waterfowl, including American black duck, Canada goose, great blue heron, and green-winged teal.

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More Information

About Grand Codroy Estuary Nature Reserve (Doyles)

The Grand Codroy River gathers water from the Long Range and Anguille mountains in the southwest corner of Newfoundland, meandering downstream until it reaches an estuary like nowhere else in the region. This 243 hectare (601 ac.) property features a moderate climate, protected shores, rolling cultivated grasslands and lush balsam fir forests, providing habitat to species like moose, green frog, American beaver, and the endangered piping plover. It is the only Ramsar site in the province, includes two Important Bird Areas, and offers an educational interpretative centre and hiking trails for all to enjoy.

What you will be doing

Anyone with an interest in waterfowl birds is welcome! Prior to the count, we will provide an overview of common bird species, instructions, and the survey locations. Each group will be accompanied by at least one experienced birder to assist with identification and documenting observations. Birding skills are valuable but not a prerequisite for participation in this count.

Why you will love it

There is nothing quite like the Codroy Valley in all of Newfoundland and Labrador. The area is a haven for nature lovers, historians, travelers and, most notably, birds. A wetland of international importance, the Grand Codroy Estuary is the only Ramsar (International Convention on Wetlands) site in Newfoundland and Labrador, and has two internationally recognized Important Bird Areas (IBAs). This international acclaim is well deserved. Over 100 species of birds have been identified in the Codroy, including songbirds, shorebirds, and waterfowl.


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Please Note

Please come dressed for the weather, bring water and comfortable footwear.
Driving directions and parking information will be provided in the participant package to those who register. If the event cannot proceed as scheduled, participants will receive a call from NCC staff as early as possible and the event will be postponed until the following day (Sunday September 23rd). It is important to preregister online to ensure you receive event updates.
NCC will provide snacks, and will have some binoculars, a scope, and ID books available, though volunteers are welcome to bring their own equipment if they prefer.

People of all fitness levels can participate
Carpooling can be arranged
Water and snacks will be provided

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Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Layers of warm clothing
  • Comfortable footwear
  • Rain gear (just in case)
Camping Gear
  • Backpack
  • Binoculars
  • Scope
  • Bird ID books
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Reusable water bottle