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
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Ardea herodias (Crane/Grand héron)

  • Did you know that this large bird nests in a tree?
  • It is the largest North American heron, with a head-to-tail length of 91–140 cm (36-55 in), a wingspan of 167-201 cm (66-79 in), a height of 108-132 cm (42-52 in) and a weight of 2–3.6 kg (4.4-8 lbs), females weighing slightly less.
  • Both the male and female build their nest together. It can measure up to a meter in diameter and take a whole week to build. The Great Blue Heron is extremely sensitive to disturbances during the incubating period. It is highly recommended to stay away from colonies between March and August and never come closer than 300 feet from the nest the other months.
  • Each year, the Great Blue Heron, mates with a different partner. They share nurturing duties, taking turns in incubating the eggs and once hatched, keeping them warm and feeding the young. Around the eighth week, they start to fly then, on the tenth week, they leave the nest. In its natural habitat, the Great Blue Heron can live up to 17 years.
  • Many Great Blue Herons travel south for the winter. They leave in October or November but some are still here in December.
  • It is illegal to hunt the Great Blue Heron in New Brunswick.
  • The last census, taken in 2006, shows a total of 219 nests on Cocagne Island. Some birds are natural predators that prey upon the eggs and young but one of the greatest threats to the Great Blue Heron is the loss of habitat such as marshes. It feeds on small fish, insects, crustaceans and frogs. It can be seen along our coastal areas and its presence is part of our rich biodiversity.

Actions-interactions
  • Protect our wetlands.
  • Stay away from nests.
  • Support the Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group activities.
  • Send your observations to the Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group.


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Upcoming activities

OUTING IS FULL Sept 26, 2020 Saturday - Mushroom hunt

The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group (GDDPC) in collaboration with the Ami.e.s de la Nature Sud Est, invites you to a mushroom outing. Come learn about the rich diversity of mushrooms in our forests. Please bring a mask and register in advance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 576-8247. Hope to see you!

When? Saturday September 26, 2020 at 1 p.m.
Or? Sentier de Cocagne, near # 1539 Route 535 in Cocagne (near Goguen Lumber and exit 15 of Highway 11)
With? Raymonde Chartier, mycologist and Stuart Tingley, fungi lover

For more information www.ecopaysdecocagne.ca

August 28, 2020 - Living shorelines workshop with Rosemarie Lohnes

A theoretical and practical workshop on a natural approach to dealing with coastal erosion will be presented in Shediac by Rosmarie Lohnes of Helping Nature Heal inc.

This approach, called "Living Shorelines", is done manually with minimal mechanical intervention. It improves the health of the coastal ecosystem while protecting your property.

Come and learn more about the theory and practice of this proven ecological method, which represents an environmentally friendly alternative to fixed structures or rip rap.

Friday, August 28th
Theoretical session: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm - Shediac Multipurpose Centre, 58 Festival Street.
Lunch break: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm – Please bring your lunch.
Hands-on session: 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm - The location will be announced in the morning at the workshop.

The workshop will be organized in accordance with Covid-19 prevention measures. Please bring your mask. Facebook event here.

For more information :

Rémi Donelle, Shediac Bay Watershed Association
Tel: (506) 506-533-8880 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or

Julie Cormier, Director, Vision H2O
Tel:  (506) 577-2071    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sept 19, 2020 - Cocagne community garden community dinner - Salted porc and boiled vegetables with dessert

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Center 50, 10 rue Villa in Cocagne
$ 12 / adult and $ 6 for children 12 and under
Tickets on sale from August 25, 2020 at E.A. Melanson and Cocagne Variety, Marc Picard 1(506)878-3032 or Yvan Picard 1(506)531-5327
The activity will follow the rules of prevention of covid-19. Please bring a mask.
Take-out meals available.

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