Biodiversity Stewardship Program
Our Biodiversity Stewardship Program was created to engage New Brunswickers as environmental stewards in their communities by becoming an area caretaker. Currently there are 900 Environmentally Significant Areas (ESA), 26 Important Bird Areas (IBA) and 61 Protected Natural Areas (PNA) in New Brunswick.
Environmentally Significant Areas
The Nature Trust of New Brunswick, New Brunswick’s Department of Environment, and New Brunswick’s Department of Natural Resources has identified over 900 sites of environmental importance based on presence of rare species, species diversity, representativeness, their geology and ecological vulnerability.
Important Bird Areas
Canada’s Important Bird Areas Program is a science-based initiative to identify, conserve and monitor a network of sites that provide essential habitat for Canada’s bird populations.
Protected Natural Areas
Protected Natural Areas are legally protected areas established to protect New Brunswick’s natural heritage.
Become a Caretaker!
Volunteers (called caretakers) visit these sites and record environmentally significant information which will then be compiled in a provincial database. As a volunteer you can have the personal satisfaction that your observations can help protect these areas.
By participating in the project, the information you will record will serve two purposes:
- Contribute to the knowledge of natural areas and biodiversity in New Brunswick.
- Assist decision makers in evaluating any proposals that might have an impact on those areas