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 (French only) 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

Jan 18, 2020 - Nature Trust NB presentation

Hosted by the garden club `In Giardino`
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Shediac Multipurpose Center, 58 Festival Street in Shediac NB E4P 1S4
A free will offering will be appreciated to defray expenses
Doors and cash bar will open at 12H30

Jan 18, 2020 - Community dinner - Fried smelts

Organized by Cocagneries and Center 50 de Cocagne
5:00 p.m. 
$ 12 per person, tickets for sale at E.A. Melanson and Cocagne Variety
Fundraiser for St-Pierre de Cocagne Church

Feb 12, 2020 - FREE! Understanding 5G technology

6.30 p.m.
Place to be confirmed
Understanding 5G technology: the why, the how, the impact on health and learning to protect yourself /> With Laurence Marie and Rachelle Poirier
Film in English, animators speak French

Feb 15, 2020 - Cocagne Winter Carnival

Community breakfast with students of Blanche Bourgeois School at Center 50
Old-fashioned dinner at Center 50, $ 12 per person
Other activities will be added. If you have any suggestions or you can offer help, please don't hesitate to contact Marcelle Paulin, director of the rural community of Cocagne 576-2202

March 7, 2020 - Seed swap

Co-organized by the garden club `In Giardino` and the GDDPC
10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Center 50, 10 rue Villa in Cocagne
Introduction to seed saving
If you do not bring seeds to exchange, but you want to take seeds, admission is $ 5
Please bring your seeds to exchange, clearly identified.

Our Partners

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The Pays de Cocagne in pictures

 

The Pays de Cocagne in pictures