Sights and Sounds of Brier Island

Event Details

August 24th, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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

Come on out for our 6th annual Sights & Sounds of Brier Island event.  You will help cleanup the shore and complete trail maintenance including building a new boardwalk on our 3.5 km Brier Island Coastal Trail. 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

You will be completing shore clean-up and trail maintenance on our 3.5km Brier Island Coastal Trail, as well as working on the new boardwalk near Westport with local community members. A picnic lunch and snacks are included.

Why you will love it

What’s not to love?! Brier Island is renowned for its bird life and rare plant species, as well as beautiful coastal views and island culture. Come join your fellow nature enthusiasts and get your hands dirty, while making a difference!
Optional events: Friday evening (Aug 23rd) you are invited to meet us at the Westport Community Hall for a BBQ and presentations on Brier Island’s natural history. This is a great opportunity to mingle with community members and like-minded individuals.
Saturday morning you can take in a bird banding tour and demonstration at the Brier Island Bird Migration Research Station (7 am start time).
If there is enough interest after the event, we can offer a tour of the Big Meadow Bog, which is being restored to enhance habitat for the endangered Eastern Mountain Avens plant.


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Please Note

Driving directions and related information will be provided in a participant package. Getting to Brier Island includes two ferry crossings.
Accommodation and other meals are not provided. The BBQ, bird banding demonstration and bog restoration tour are all free of charge.
Some extra pairs of binoculars are 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
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

Thank you to the Brier Island Trail Society for their support.

Nature Conservancy of Canada recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.

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
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Rain gear (if necessary)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Spotting scope (optional)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Any necessary medication