Nature NB and the Saint John Naturalists’ Club are working together to conserve migratory birds in southern New Brunswick.
For over 20 years, the Saint John Naturalists’ Club has been studying bird migration through two main programs: the Point Lepreau Bird Observatory and the Greenlaw Mountain Hawk Watch. These programs collect information about seabird and raptor migration through the Bay of Fundy, and are the only sources for this data in Atlantic Canada.
Support from the Environmental Damages Fund is allowing Nature NB and the Saint John Naturalists’ Club to collect more comprehensive data on migratory birds and to contribute to better management and protection of migrating species.
Learn more about these important programs below.
Point Lepreau Bird Observatory
The Point Lepreau Bird Observatory, located at the tip of a finger of land that extends into the Bay of Fundy, collects information about seabird migration each spring and fall. A dedicated team of volunteers observe, identify, and document each of the thousands of birds that pass through the Bay of Fundy on their migrations. Over time, this information tells us an intricate story about the movements of birds that helps us to understand and protect them when they are most vulnerable. The observatory shares its annual data collections with federal officials to directly impact the management and protection of seabirds.
For more information: http://saintjohnnaturalistsclub.org/plbo.htm
Greenlaw Mountain Hawk Watch
Greenlaw Mountain Hawk Watch, located on Greenlaw Mountain near Saint Andrews, collects information about the migratory patterns of hawks and other raptors during the fall migration season. A dedicated hawk counter and several volunteers identify and count migrating hawks and track changes in their populations. This information is shared internationally with government officials and other decision-makers who can use the information to help protect migration pathways along the Fundy coast.
For more information: http://saintjohnnaturalistsclub.org/GMHW.htm