Snowshoe and Winter Bird Survey

Event Details

January 26th, 2019, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Abrams Village (Egmont Bay), 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.

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here to add your car or join a ride going to the event.

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Abrams Village (Egmont Bay)

This 79 hectares (195 ac.) nature reserve is located along the Haldimand River, just 27 km northwest of Summerside. The area is made up of large coastal forests and salt marsh, providing important habitat for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds, such as least sandpiper, common tern and great blue heron. The site was recognized by the PEI government as a top conservation priority in the mid-1990s.


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.


Contact Courtney:

Please Note

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!

Carpooling can be arranged
We need you to bring some tools
Water and snacks will be provided

Thanks to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Environment and Climate Change Canada for funding 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:

  • Good winter coat
  • Hat
  • Mittens
  • Snow pants
  • Warm layers
  • Winter boots
  • Snowshoes
  • Binoculars or scope (optional)
  • Backpack
  • Lunch
  • Water