Discovering Freshwater Bay’s Diversity

Event Details

July 6th, 2019, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Freshwater Bay (Blackhead), Newfoundland and Labrador
Inventories and Monitoring

Be a citizen scientist for a day! We need your help identifying species on a prospective nature reserve just outside St. John’s at Freshwater Bay. Whether you’re a bird buff, plant pro, or new naturalist, we’ll need all hands on deck to conduct a thorough inventory of the landscape!

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here. Happy travels!

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About Freshwater Bay (Blackhead)

This 243 acre (98 ha.) prospective nature reserve is located between Blackhead and St. John’s, with the northeastern edge reaching a naturally-formed rocky barachois that divides Freshwater Bay Pond and Freshwater Bay. This property consists of boreal forests, mixed wetlands and coastal shores that provide a buffer for several seabird colonies, including the vulnerable black-legged kittiwake.

The Freshwater Bay project is partially supported by the Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP), a unique public-private partnership to accelerate the pace of land conservation across southern Canada.

What you will be doing

We'll be organizing into small groups to identify the plants and birds throughout different sections of the property. More experienced naturalists will be paired with those who are working on developing their identification skills.

Why you will love it

Surrounded by avid naturalists, this is the perfect opportunity to learn more about conservation planning and its impact on local wildlife! The Botanical Arts Society will also be sharing information on botanical arts and offering hands-on pointers on how to get started!


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Please Note

Be prepared for uneven, muddy terrain.
Directions and parking information will be provided post-registration, via email.
The event will proceed rain or shine unless conditions are potentially unsafe. If the event cannot proceed as scheduled, you will receive a call from us as early as possible and the event will be postponed until the following day (Sunday July 7th). It is important to preregister online to ensure you receive event updates.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided
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:

  • Closed-toe footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Scope (optional)
  • ID books (optional)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Any necessary medications