The Great Fundy Coastal Cleanup
August 18th, 2018, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Pendleton Island, New Brunswick
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is joining the Nature Trust of New Brunswick (NTNB) for their annual Great Fundy Coastal Cleanup. This event, organized by NTNB, has contribution from many other great organizations around New Brunswick for a large-scale, one-day marine debris cleanup event along the Bay of Fundy.
NCC will be organizing a cleanup of our beautiful Pendleton Island Nature Reserve. We will be boating over to the island and collecting marine debris that accumulates on the shores and threatens the marine wildlife.
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Pendleton Island is a special 299-acre (121-hectare) uninhabited nature reserve owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. It is part of the Deer Island Archipelago, which separates Passamaquoddy Bay from the southwest part of the Bay of Fundy. The north eastern shore has a bay with a steep, gravel barrier beach. It contains a coastal forest with red spruce, yellow birch, mountain ash and red maple trees. The shoreline fronts a mixed forest of white spruce, black spruce, balsam fir and tamarack.
Given the high tidal range, extremely rapid tidal currents run through the passages creating unique marine habitats. Offshore waters support seasonal populations of harbour porpoise, white-side dolphin, minke whale, occasional fin and humpback whales, as well as harbour seal.What you will be doing
The plan for the day is to clean up as much garbage from the beach on the shoreline of Pendleton Island as possible. Pendleton is what we call a “collector beach,” and accumulates large amounts of marine debris that washes up from the surrounding bay. Volunteers will be gathering the debris and separating it into waste and recyclables, and will be recording all items found to the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup — an initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and World Wildlife Fund to clean Canadian shorelines and collect data about marine and aquatic debris.Why you will love it
This is a huge event coordinated by NTNB, dedicated to cleaning and celebrating our beautiful Bay of Fundy. Pendleton Island is only one of the many nature reserves along the coast being cleaned by volunteers, and it is a beautiful island whose beach overlooks Passamaquody Bay. Volunteers will be taken to the island by boat and may see seals and a variety of shorebirds along the way.
For more information on this event, you can visit NTNB’s website. NTNB also hosts fun activities for volunteers after the cleanup, including a BBQ, music, and art demonstrations.
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Volunteers should make sure they are comfortable riding in boats and getting their feet wet, as it is necessary to take a boat to the island to participate in this event. It may be cool on the open water so make sure to wear layers and clothing that you don’t mind getting wet.
NCC will provide snacks, but volunteers should bring their own lunch and water.
Work will proceed rain or shine, unless there is heavy rain or lightening, in which case volunteers will be contacted by phone. Driving directions and parking information will be provided in the participant package to those that register.
We would like to thank the Nature Trust of New Brunswick for putting together this event, and other partner organizations for their contribution.
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
- Shoes you don't mind getting wet and dirty
- Work gloves if you want to bring your own
- Reusable water bottle