Port Joli Wild for Waterfowl

Event Details

November 24th, 2018, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Port Joli (Path Lake), Nova Scotia
Inventories and Monitoring

Calling all birders, from novice to experts! NCC is looking for a team of volunteers to count coastal waterbirds from Port Mouton Bay to Sable River within the South Shore (Port Joli Sector) Important Bird Area and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries!

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here to add your car or join a ride going to the event. There is also a wait list feature if there isn’t a ride there yet that works for you. Happy carpooling!


Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Port Joli (Path Lake)

Port Joli is located in the South Shore region of Nova Scotia, 170 kilometers from the provincial capital of Halifax. This 1,558 acre (630 ha.) natural area is known for its peace and tranquility, and provides habitat for a variety of birds, including Canada geese, endangered piping plovers, terns and American black ducks. It also boasts a very rich cultural and natural history, home to the Mi’kmaq aboriginal peoples as early as 1,200 years ago.

What you will be doing

Join NCC and Bird Studies Canada for the 9th Annual Wild for Waterfowl Count. NCC has conservation lands in Port Joli and Little Port L’Hebert, which are part of the South Shore Important Bird Area and are very close to nearby Migratory Bird Sanctuaries, making these areas perfect for birding. Data from this event is used to steer NCC's conservation work, and is sent to the Canadian Wildlife Service to assist in management of three coastal Migratory Bird Sanctuaries in the area. Participants will gather at the Harrison Lewis Centre on the Port L’Hebert Peninsula.

Why you will love it

Anyone with an interest in coastal birds is welcome, including beginner birders and families. Prior to the count at the Harrison Lewis Centre, we will provide an overview of common bird species, instructions, and the site boundaries. Each group will be accompanied by at least one experienced birder to assist with identification and documenting observations. Binoculars and spotting scopes available, if needed.


Contact Doug van Hemessen: doug.vanhemessen@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

Some extra pairs of binoculars will be available but if you have your own and/or a spotting scope please bring them.
Driving directions and related information will be provided in a participant package.
Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Please dress for the weather. It can be chilly this time of year!
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.

People of all fitness levels can participate
Carpooling can be arranged
We need you to bring some tools
Water and snacks will be provided

This event will be held in partnership with Bird Studies Canada.

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
  • Binoculars
  • Spotting scope (if you have them)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen