Snowshoe and Winter Bird Survey
January 26th, 2019, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Abrams Village, PEI
Inventories and Monitoring
Calling all birders — experienced or not! Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) as we snowshoe around NCC’s properties in the Abrams Village area to survey for winter birds. All data collected will be added to eBird , an online open-access database of bird observations, so this is a great opportunity to get outside and contribute to a citizen science project. This is also a great way for new birders to become a little more familiar with our winter bird residents.
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The Abrams Village nature reserve is located along the Haldimand River, west of Summerside, and includes coastal forest and a large salt marsh habitat. This area provides important habitat for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds, and was recognized by the PEI government as a top conservation priority in the mid-1990s. Since 2009, NCC has worked to conserve forest, wetland and extensive salt marsh habitat here.
This property is a birder’s dream: common tern, bald eagle, cedar waxwing and willet can all be seen on the mud flats or heard calling from the wetlands. The rare Nelson’s sharp-tailed sparrow has been spotted in the salt marsh. Binoculars are highly recommended!What you will be doing
Volunteers will be snowshoeing around NCC's Abrams Village nature reserve to collect data on winter birds found on the property. There are several different habitat types — forest, beach and ocean front, and marshy wetlands — so we hope to spot several types of birds. New birders are welcome! At the end of the event, we will warm up at a local community centre with some tea and hot chocolate to discuss our findings.Why you will love it
This is a great opportunity to get outside for a fun winter activity, while also contributing to citizen science efforts! Volunteers will have the chance to meet others with similar interests, learn birding skills from each other, and enjoy a nice snowshoe adventure around the beautiful Abrams Village nature reserve.Questions?
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Please bring your own snowshoes to the event if you have some. Please let us know if you do not have snowshoes. go!WestPEI generously offered to lend snowshoes to anyone who does not have their own.
NCC will supply scopes and binoculars, but if you have your own please feel free to bring them! We will also bring several field guides.
NCC will supply hot drinks and snacks at the end of the event, but please bring your own lunch.
Make sure to wear warm clothes and extra layers, as birding requires a lot of standing still!
Thanks to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Environment and Climate Change Canada for funding this event.
While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:
- Good winter coat
- Snow pants
- Warm layers
- Winter boots
- Binoculars or scope (optional)