Pugwash Waterfowl Survey

Event Details

September 30th, 2017, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Pugwash Estuary, Nova Scotia
Inventories and Monitoring

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

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here, https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/dj6swt 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!


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About Pugwash Estuary

The Pugwash River Estuary is a mixture of forest and marsh that borders some of the most sought-after oceanfront property in Nova Scotia. Sheltering prime habitat for waterfowl ranging from Canada geese to green-winged teals, Pugwash is truly a spectacular and valuable conservation area. It is the largest estuary along the Northumberland Strait of Nova Scotia, and particularly unique in that it exhibits a largely undeveloped shoreline.

What you will be doing

Anyone with an interest in coastal birds is welcome, including beginner birders and families. Prior to the count, at the Friends of the Pugwash Estuary house, 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. After the one day event those interested and available will undertake similar surveys on a weekly basis until late fall.

Why you will love it

Since 1993, NCC has partnered with a variety of organizations to secure properties within the Pugwash River Estuary in Nova Scotia. The Pugwash River Estuary is a provincially significant wetland complex, ranked as one of the highest quality environments of its type on the Northumberland Strait. As well, the 3.5 km Pugwash Estuary NCC hiking trail passes along salt marsh and through Acadian forest and provides beautiful views of the estuary.


Contact Doug van Hemessen: atlantic@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

Driving directions and related information will be provided in a participant package.
A field lunch and snacks will also be provided.
Please dress for the weather. Please bring sunscreen and bug repellent for your comfort.
Bring your own binoculars and/or spotting scopes, if you have 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
Carpooling can be arranged
Water and snacks will be provided

We would like to thank our local project partner, Friends of the Pugwash Estuary, for helping out again this year!

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 scopes (if you have one)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen