Three new sites for plovers to peep about
In August 2013, we celebrated the protection of four new sites by NCC in western Prince Edward Island.
Three of them, located in the Conway Sandhills, provide important nesting habitat for the endangered piping plover.
The other property is in Egmont Bay. Joining NCC were Federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea and Provincial Environment Minister Janice Sherry, along with local supporters and generous donors.
In all, over 118 acres (48 hectares) are being conserved through land purchases. The Conway Sandhills properties (more than 113 acres/46 hectares) include substantial salt marsh and are dominated by sand dunes.
This brings NCC’s protected area in the Conway Sandhills to over 350 acres (142 hectares), which is half of the sandhills’ landbase. Work is continuing here, with several new landowners being contacted.