Port Joli Wild for Waterfowl

Event Details

November 16th, 2019, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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

Come be part of the 11th Annual Wild for Waterfowl Count with NCC and Bird Studies Canada! We need a team of volunteers to count coastal waterbirds within the South Shore (Port Joli Sector) Important Bird Area and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries! This data will be provided to the Canadian Wildlife Service used to assist in management of three coastal Migratory Bird Sanctuaries in the area as well as NCC nature reserves. Birding skills are valuable but not a prerequisite for participation in this day-long count.

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

Anyone with an interest in coastal birds is welcome, including beginner birders and families. We will meet at the Harrison Lewis Centre to provide an overview of common bird species, instructions, and the site boundaries. Each group will then travel by car to separate sites for the day-long count. Groups will be accompanied by at least one experienced birder to assist with identification and documenting observations. We will all reassemble at the end of the day to discuss our findings.

Why you will love it

You will have the opportunity to learn from expert birders and improve your own identification skills, as well as spend time with other nature lovers and enjoy a picnic lunch together (provided by NCC).


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

Please Note

Driving directions and related information will be provided in a participant package.
Some extra pairs of binoculars will be available but if you have your own and/or a spotting scope please bring them.
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
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
We need you to bring some tools
Water and snacks will be provided

This event is being 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:

  • Warm layers of clothing
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Jacket
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Rain gear (if needed)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Spotting scope (optional)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Any necessary medication