CORNER BROOK — The Nature Conservancy of Canada plans to help protect the land and wildlife of the west coast through two upcoming stewardship events.
The first is a beach cleanup today on Sandy Point Island in an effort remove debris washed ashore. Organizers are asking people and communities to become involved. Sandy Point provides important breeding habitat for endangered piping plovers and is the only nesting site in Newfoundland for willets, said Lanna Campbell, the conservancy’s program manager in this province, in a prepared release.
Volunteers interested in assisting should be comfortable in boats and registered before the event so that transportation can be co-ordinated.
The second event is called the “Waterfowl Bananza” and will take place in Codroy on Saturday, as part of an annual birding event. The event has become popular among residents of the area, and the conservancy is inviting all levels of birders to come out and participate.
The conservancy has worked to protect the Codroy Valley area since 1994 through discussion with landowners concerning donating and selling property to protect the natural habitat for nesting black ducks, ring-necked ducks and green-winged teals. It is also one of the few known areas on the island where bald eagles, merlin, osprey and other raptors are commonly found.
“This is an opportunity for birders of all levels to observe these rare species and contribute to their conservation. This event will additionally give participants the chance to speak with Nature Conservancy of Canada biologists and provincial Natural Resources wildlife officials,” said conservation intern Megan Lafferty.
To register, contact 1-877-231-4400 or visit The Nature Conservancy’s volunteer website under Newfoundland and Labrador events.