Paddling ‘Round the Bay

Event Details

July 22nd, 2017, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Round Bay Nature Reserve, Nova Scotia
Inventories and Monitoring

Come with us for a paddle along Round Bay! We will be surveying the Round Bay shoreline for presence of invasive grasses, as well as observing for endangered Piping Plovers who may use the area for nesting. Volunteers will have the chance to learn about conservation efforts for Plovers at this site and elsewhere in Nova Scotia.

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About Round Bay Nature Reserve

Situated on Nova Scotia’s South Shore is NCC’s beautiful Round Bay focal area which encompasses the majority of the Round Bay River watershed, and empties into the Round Bay estuary. Wetlands along the shore of this estuary are at risk of invasion by the non-native grasses Common Reed and Reed Canary Grass. The adjacent beach is home to a pair of Piping Plovers, a small endangered shorebird who has nested at this site for the past several years.

What you will be doing

Volunteers will be surveying for invasive grasses from a canoe: identifying (which we will help you with!) and mapping locations (there may not be any at all – which is good!). We will then be given an interpretive tour of the Piping Plover habitat with event host, Bird Studies Canada.

Why you will love it

Here’s a chance to get out on the water and help with an important conservation survey while doing an easy paddle around a large estuary. We may even have the chance to see some Piping Plover chicks! Bring binoculars if you have them! A few pairs will be on hand for those that don’t.


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Please Note

Driving directions and related information will be provided in a participant package.
A field lunch and snacks will be provided.
Please dress for the weather and in case of bugs. Please bring sunscreen and bug repellent for your comfort.
This event will run in the event of mild rain but will be cancelled in the event of extreme rain or other unsafe weather conditions. Registrants must provide their own canoe or kayak and required gear. The paddling will be within Round Bay which is protected from the ocean but still a large body of water. The work will involve paddling along the shoreline, a distance of about 5 km.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

We would like to thank Bird Studies Canada for partnering with us for this event.

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:

Camping Gear
  • Canoe or kayak
  • Binoculars
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen