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South Shore - East Queens Co. Sector (NS024)

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South Shore - East Queens Co. Sector (NS024)

Bridgewater, Nouvelle-Écosse

Latitude 44,207°N
Longitude 64,440°O
Altitude 0 - 5m
Superficie 49,01km²

Description du site

This site encompasses sections of the southern coast of south-central Nova Scotia between the towns of Bridgewater and Liverpool. The site covers Cap Bay, Crescent, Green Bay, Broad Cove, Cherry Hill and Beach Meadows beaches, which are favoured sites for Piping Plovers. Some of these sandy beaches back onto tidal lagoons, which are dry at low tide. Rocky coastlines with steep headlands are located between the beaches, but most of these areas provide little shelter for wintering birds. These headlands enclose some small, and one large bay. The climate is maritime, and the tides range from 3 to 5 m.

Oiseaux

This site supports significant numbers of breeding Piping Plovers, which are globally vulnerable and nationally endangered. In 1996, six birds, or just over 1% of the estimated Atlantic Canada population (estimated at 422 adults) were recorded at this site. In 1991, 14 birds, or about 3% of the estimated Atlantic Canada population at that time, were found on this stretch of the south shore.

During fall migration, thousands of shorebirds visit this piece of coastline. Maritimes Shorebird Survey (MSS) volunteers have surveyed Crescent Beach and Cherry Hill Beach since 1975. Volunteers count shorebirds every second weekend during the period of southward migration from late July to late October. MSS fall counts recorded a three-year average (1994,1996,1997) of 2,199 Semipalmated Plovers, which is more than 1% of this species global population. An average of 68 Willets (1994-1997) were recorded by fall MSS counts and 619 Sanderlings were recorded in 1980.

In the spring and fall, thousands of migrating waterfowl visit this site, but the numbers do not reach the national significance threshold of 10,000 birds. The occasional Harlequin Duck from the nationally endangered eastern population winters here.

Enjeux de conservation

Piping Plovers and other shorebirds are monitored at a minimum of three beaches at this site. Birding is also a frequent activity. In some areas, summer homes are beginning to encroach on Piping Plover habitat. The nearby beaches attract people who may in turn, inadvertently diminish the plovers breeding success.

Catégories ZICO Habitats Usages Menaces Potencielles ou Existantes Status de Protection
Pluvier semipalmé
Nombre Année Saison
1 3602012Été
1 3002011Automne
1 3002008Automne
1 150 - 1 2502006Automne
2 8502002Automne
1 150 - 1 3502001Automne
1 7001999Automne
2 199 - 2 7001996Automne
1 3501994Automne
Mouette rieuse
Nombre Année Saison
302003Hiver
82001Hiver
42001Automne
501999Hiver
41998Hiver
Mergule nain
Nombre Année Saison
552004Hiver
122000Hiver
131999Hiver
101994Hiver
91991Hiver
101990Hiver
Bécasseau violet
Nombre Année Saison
3002000Hiver
Pluvier siffleur
Nombre Année Saison
72017Automne
4 - 62016Été
4 - 52016Printemps
4 - 62015Printemps
42014Automne
7 - 122014Été
62013Automne
62013Été
7 - 92010Automne
6 - 142010Été
122009Printemps
10 - 282008Été
4 - 62008Printemps
7 - 102007Été
4 - 112007Printemps
7 - 112006Été
42006Printemps
42005Automne
9 - 142005Été
4 - 92004Été
42004Printemps
5 - 102003Été
51998Été
61996Été
61992Été
141991Été
5 - 111990Automne
71990Été
Bruant des prés
Nombre Année Saison
25 - 302017Été
252017Printemps
182016Été
22 - 352015Été
302008Automne
252005Automne