Let's take care of our land of plenty!

The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group's (PCSDG) mission is to engage citizen participation towards the sustainability of Cocagne watershed communities
Through the PCSDG’s previous projects, we have gathered resources identifying hundreds of species of fauna and flora living in the Cocagne watershed, including birds, insects, and plants. With the help of several key participants in the community, we have a better picture of the rich diversity of species and their habitats, that exist in the Cocagne watershed. 

With the CORRIDORS project, we collaborate with citizens to identify the connectivity that makes it possible to create links among different wildlife habitats throughout the watershed. We conducted field surveys, using bird counts and tree inventories, to show suitable nesting habitats for a variety of bird species. By making responsible decisions, many homeowners already respect and enhance forest habitat on their property. Through their sustainable forest practices, citizens are able to conserve natural areas, which positively impacts populations of many bird species, such as Flycatchers, Woodpeckers, and Warblers.

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With the help of researchers from the Université de Moncton, we produced several maps showing the distribution of various habitats for birds in the watershed, such as mature forests and wooded wetlands. Based on the criteria identified in When is habitat sufficient?, we were able to show existing connectivity links among mature forests at the watershed level. 

All the same, there are many areas impacted by human activity, mainly through urbanization, especially near the estuary and the Bay of Cocagne, which has disrupted natural connectivity. The fragmentation of habitats has contributed to the decline of biodiversity as vegetation patches are reduced and become increasingly isolated. The loss of the connectivity in habitats leads to a break in environmental processes, such as migration, dispersion, as well as recycling of nutrients and plant pollination. Watch Connectivity Conservation: Why Wildlife Corridors Matter! of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation (largelandscapes.org).


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During the project, we installed birdhouses and encouraged reforestation with native plants. We established a bird monitoring program by defining a protocol and providing training to participants. We highlighted citizen engagement by presenting them with a summary of our visit and adding photos and a description of their property on the GDDPC interactive map. The final report (coming soon!) explains in detail the activities and results of the project.

With the CORRIDORS project, we have helped citizens to recognize bird habitat and given them the tools to preserve biodiversity in the Cocagne watershed. 

Acknowledgments

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Upcoming activities

FREE! Sept 22, Saturday - Ecofestival Bouctouche, kiosks

8 to 1:30pm
Visit our kiosk at the Bouctouche Farmers market!
Paint and crafts for children
9 Irving Blvd

FREE! - Sept 22, Saturday - Ecofestival Bouctouche - salted herbs workshop

3pm
5 Irving Blvd in Bouctouche, kitchen of Centre culturelle de Kent-Sud
Limited places, please register in advance 743-8600

FREE! Sept 23, Sunday - Ecofestival Bouctouche, Walk of the full dune

9, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30, 12:00
Walk of the full dune
Bus departure  of the Irving Eco-Center
1932 Rd 475, Bouctouche
Reservation 1-888-640-3300

FREE! Sept 22, Saturday - Ecofestival Bouctouche, presentation of rare and endangered birds

3:30pm
with Roland Chiasson, ornithologist
At the multifunctional room, Centre culturel Kent-Sud
5 Irving Blvd, Bouctouche

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The Pays de Cocagne in pictures

The Pays de Cocagne in pictures