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The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group's (PCSDG) mission is to engage citizen participation towards the sustainability of Cocagne watershed communities
For many years (1998), the Atlantic Canada Shorebird Survey (ACSS) began monitoring several sites where birds stop. The members of ACSS monitor migratory bird populations and ensure they continue to be able to rely on these major areas during migration. There are about 83 official sites in the Atlantic Provinces. The Bouctouche Dune and Cormierville Marsh are part of these sites.

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Many shorebirds nest in northern Canada and migrate south to get to their wintering areas each fall. Every spring they return north to nest again. During migration, some are able to fly at altitudes of 3,000m. During those long trips, which can reach up to 5,000 km, some birds can fly for 40 to 60 hours without stops or rest. This takes a lot of energy. That is why shorebirds need some important places where they can stop during the great migrations, to refuel. Many of these stops take place in Atlantic Canada. Over 75% of the shorebird population, about 2.5 million of them, stop in the Bay of Fundy before continuing their journey south. They can stop at sites like the marshes in Cormierville or the Bouctouche Dune, and stay for about 2 weeks.

During these two weeks, they will eat almost constantly to double their weight in order to have the necessary reserves to continue the great migration.Several species of shorebirds have been declining since1974 when bird census programs began in the Atlantic Provinces. Some species, like the Piping Plover and the Red Knot, are now endangered, because their numbers are so low. Since these birds depend on several different habitats for their survival, it is important to make sure we keep healthy places that they can use to nest, to feed during migration and to spend the winter.

Here in Atlantic Canada, it is humid areas that are most important: the beaches, mudflats, and marshes that we humans must share with animals and plants, as they too need them. This is why, for many years, the Atlantic Canada Shorebird Survey (ACSS) began monitoring several sites where birds stop. The members of ACSS monitor migratory bird populations and ensure they continue to be able to rely on these major areas during migration. There are about 83 official sites in the Atlantic Provinces. The Bouctouche Dune and Cormierville Marsh are part of these sites.

In the Cormieville Marsh, counting shorebirds has been going on since 2009 and since 1997 at the Bouctouche Dune. The two sites are visited every week between July and October. Over the years, 22 different species of shorebirds have been observed at these sites, including the Piping Plover and the Red Knot, two threatened species.

Here is the final report for 2016-2017: (French only)
Here are news from July 30, 2018 : 5 hatched nests, 3 lost nests, 6 adults and 8 banded chicks - preliminary inventory of the South Eastern Piping Plover
Here are news from 2017 : How was the season of the piping plover?
Article from newspaper Étoile (in French)


Acknowledgements

Counting of shorebirds at the Cormierville Marsh and Bouctouche Dune has been made possible through the financial support of the NB Wildlife Trust Fund, the Irving Eco Centre , and the help of volunteers.
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Upcoming activities

Tuesdays 1pm and Fridays 10am - Grande Digue wallking club

In front of Notre Centre
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Dec 10, 2019 - Regular Cocagne council meeting

6:30 p.m.
Municipal office at 17, Marina Road, unit #2 in Cocagne
Welcome to all! It will be the last meeting of Year 2019. In 2020, the first council meeting will be held on January 14th, 2020.
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Dec 18, 2019 - X-mas potluck and local food videos

5:00 p.m.
Blanche Bourgeois school Cafeteria at Cocagne, 29 Cormier Cross Road
Share a meal and view with us the Food skill videos (in French and English).
All GDDPC friends are welcome!
See the poster here and Facebook event here.

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The Pays de Cocagne in pictures

 

The Pays de Cocagne in pictures