Sights and Sounds of Brier Island

Event Details

August 26th, 2017, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Brier Island (St. Mary's Bay), Nova Scotia
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

Come join us in cleaning the shore and trail of our 3.5km Brier Island Coastal Trail! This is a fantastic event including an educational component as well as a bird banding demonstration and a BBQ! You won’t want to miss this event – Brier Island is renowned for its bird life and rare plant species, as well as beautiful coastal views.

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About Brier Island (St. Mary’s Bay)

This 425 hectare (1,052 ac.) nature reserve is surrounded by the churning waters of the Bay of Fundy and accessed by not one, but two ferry trips. The island is home to 95% of the entire Canadian population of endangered eastern mountain avens and is one of only two regions in the world where it can be found. Other species of interest include black-throated green warblers, endangered monarch butterflies and the carnivorous northern pitcher plant.

What you will be doing

Participants are invited to arrive Friday evening (Aug 25) and enjoy mingling at a community BBQ followed by presentations on Brier Island’s natural history at the Westport Community Hall. Early risers can take in a bird banding tour and demonstration before we all meet at 10 am at Big Pond beach for a shore and trail clean-up. Registrants can participate starting Friday evening or meet at Pond Cove on Saturday morning.

Why you will love it

The weekend begins with a community BBQ and Open House on Friday evening. Saturday starts with a tour of the Bird Migration Station followed by a beach clean-up and trail maintenance by volunteers. After a provided lunch on the Westport seaside deck we will take a tour of the bog restoration. And what's an NCC event without incredible natural scenery? The Brier Island area is known for its bird life, rare plants, and spectacular coastal views!


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Please Note

Driving directions and related information will be provided in a participant package. Note that getting to Brier Island includes two ferry crossings.
A picnic lunch and snacks will be provided for Saturday only. Accommodation and other meals are not provided. Dress for the weather and in case of bugs. Please bring sunscreen and bug repellent for your comfort.
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
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

We would like to thank the Digby Municipality and Nova Scotia Health and Wellness for their support in 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:

  • Layers of warm clothing
  • Binoculars
  • Spotting scope
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen