Sprucing up the Sanctuary: Grand Manan Clean-up

Event Details

June 22nd, 2019, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Grand Manan Migratory Bird Sanctuary Nature Reserve, New Brunswick
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

A little bird told me that NCC could use your help! Spend the day cleaning up the Grand Manan Migratory Bird Sanctuary. After the event, join us for a picnic lunch and stroll along the shoreline to do some birding!

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About Grand Manan Migratory Bird Sanctuary Nature Reserve

The Nature Conservancy of Canada protects 129 hectares (319 acres) of coastal wetlands and valuable wildlife habitat on the island of Grand Manan, which is located in a globally significant Important Bird Area (IBA) in the Bay of Fundy. More than 350 species of birds have been recorded at Grand Manan, including 174 species of breeding birds. This nature reserve is located within the boundaries of both the IBA and the federal Grand Manan Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, and provides vital habitat protection for many species of birds. Make sure you bring your binoculars when you visit!

What you will be doing

Last summer we began the process of cleaning this area, which was used as a dumping site for years. The large garbage items were removed but smaller remnants remain, such as plastic containers, small bits of metal, rope and wire, etc. You will help us with this next step in the restoration process by picking up these smaller items!

Why you will love it

Grand Manan is a birders paradise, and this particular location was designated by the Government of Canada as an important area for staging waterfowl. You will have the opportunity to enjoy some birding during and after the event, as well as a picnic lunch and stroll along the shoreline after the event. Binoculars and food will be provided, but feel free to bring your own binoculars!


Contact Abigail : Abigail.Pavao@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

The event will take place rain or shine, although it may be rescheduled for heavy rain or if conditions are unsafe for working outside. NCC staff will be in touch with volunteers as soon as possible if the event is to be postponed.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water, snacks and a hot meal

This event is made possible thanks to funding from the NB Wildlife Trust Fund, the NB Environmental Trust Fund, and Atlantic Mariculture.

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:

  • Closed-toe shoes (waterproof)
  • Layers of warm clothing
  • Long pants
  • Rain gear
  • Work gloves
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Any necessary medications