The Newfoundland and Labrador Shorebird Survey (A chapter of the Atlantic Canada Shorebird Survey (ACSS)) is an important initiative designed to evaluate the use of coastlines by migrating shorebirds, document areas of significant concentrations and identify habitats important to various species.
Shorebirds are small to medium sized birds with slender, probing bills and long legs. They are associated with water, but feed on open ground mostly by wading in or along the edge of shallow water using their bills to probe in mud or sand or to pluck food from the ground (Gill 1994). Shorebirds are a diverse group of birds that include Plovers, Sandpipers, Phalaropes, Snipe, Curlews, Godwits and Turnstones.
We are looking to collect data on these birds in the below list of beaches ( we also enjoy other beach sightings as well!)
Swift Current, Burin Peninsula
Stephenville Crossing, St. George’s Bay
St. Shott's Beach, St. Shott’s, Trepassey Bay
St. Shott's Sod Farm, St. Shott’s, Trepassey Bay
Spaniards Bay, Conception Bay, Avalon Peninsula
Shoal Cove West, Strait of Belle Isle, Ferolle Peninsula, Northern Peninsula St. Anthony
Second Pond, Goulds
Sandy Point, Flat Bay, St. George’s Stephenville
Portugal Cove South
Long Beach, Cape Race
LaManche Provincial Park
JT Cheeseman Provincial Park – Cape Barachois/Cape Ray, Southwest Coast, St. George’s Stephenville
Hawke's Bay, Northern Peninsula St. Anthony
Garnish, Burin Peninsula
Flat Bay Peninsula aka Jento's Island, St. George’s Bay
Eddies Cove East - GMNP
Eastport - Sandy Cove Beach, Sandy Cove, Bonavista Bay
Chance Cove, Avalon Peninsula
Carmanville, Hamilton Sound, Notre Dame Bay
Cape Race Rd, Road leading to Cape Race light
Cape Freels, Cape Freels North, Notre Dame Bay, Bonavista Bay
Black Duck Brook, Port au Port Peninsula, Port au Port Bay, St. George’s Stephenville
Big & Little Barasway, Burgeo, St. George’s Stephenville
Bellevue Provincial Park, Bellevue Avalon
Baie Verte, northeast coast
Worldwide there are events that threaten the existence of shorebirds. Just a few examples
• Loss of habitat due to urban expansion and changes in land use. Ocean front development has become a major issue in coastal communities leading to the degradation of coastal habitats.
• Global climate change due to increase of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere is predicted to affect the distribution of most species, as well as their associated habitats. It is thought that coastal areas will experience higher frequency of storms and the interior may see an increase in natural fire cycles. Sea level rise may destroy vital staging habitat to migratory shorebirds (Galbraith et al., 2000; Galbraith 2001).
• Increased disturbance in shorebird habitat.
• Pollution; oil spills etc.
Please help us in our efforts. If you are interested in becoming a shorebird volunteer surveyor please contact us today!
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