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Chignecto Naturalists’ Club – Chignecto National Wildlife Area and Amherst Point Bird Sanctuary FIELD TRIPNovember 2, 2019
CHIGNECTO NATURALISTS’ CLUB FIELD TRIP
THE CHIGNECTO NATIONAL WILDLIFE AREA AND THE AMHERST POINT BIRD SANCTUARY
**Please note the change in the time to meet; it is a bit later than what was announced at our meeting on 21 Oct.
Everyone is welcome. Membership in the CNC is not necessary. Bring a friend!
Saturday 2 November 2019. This trip is scheduled from 9:00 am and will extend into the afternoon.
If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we will postpone until the next day, Sunday 3 November – same time, same place. An email will be sent by noon Friday 1st if this is the case.
Our leader will be Garry Donaldson, Manager, Wildlife Assessment and Protected Areas with the Canadian Wildlife Service. He says: “…we’ll be seeing resident birds that will spend the winter in the area plus waterfowl that will eventually move out once the wetlands freeze. We’ll explore some of the local geology including sinkholes in an area rich in gypsum, and the role that man-made wetlands have played in maintaining the health of waterfowl populations.” We also might see a Sugar Maple tree with a circumference of over 4 meters and which is estimated to be over 250 years old!
To car pool from Sackville, meet in the parking lot behind the Post Office at 8:15 am for a prompt 8:25 am departure.
To car pool from Amherst, meet in the Canadian Tire parking lot at 8:30 am for a prompt 8:40 departure
If you wish to travel on your own, meet the group at 9:00 am in the Amherst Point Migratory Bird Sanctuary parking lot. It is located just opposite 947 Southampton Rd., about 5 km southwest of Amherst.
This trip extends into the afternoon, so bring a lunch. A hot drink is always a good idea in November!
Dress for the weather in warm layers, including a hat and gloves. Sturdy, waterproof footwear will be necessary. It is Waterfowl hunting season. Even though no hunting is allowed in the NWA, if you have bright orange vests, hats, etc., please wear them. If you have extra that you wouldn’t mind lending, please bring them too.
Bring binoculars, and a scope if you have one. You may wish to carry a field guide.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
This trip is classified as “medium-easy”, with quite a bit of walking on trails.
INFORMATION: For more information contact Rhianna at 506-364-0011.