Bird-watching hike planned

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On July 27, Rick Whitman and Bernard Forsythe will lead a Minas Basin shorebird trek for the Blomidon Naturalists.

This field trip will focus on the shorebirds that visit the Minas Basin to fatten up on mud shrimp and other foods on their way south.

This July weekend is roughly the peak, at least in terms of numbers, for shorebirds to be in the area. There may also be peregrine falcons, in which case there will likely be fewer shorebirds.

Participants will have a quick look at Wolfville harbour and then proceed to Evangeline Beach and East Point in North Grand Pré. The road to East Point can be rough. High tide on this date is 5:25 p.m. and 13.9 metres. The birds should be pushed off the mud flats, onto the dyke and high beaches, by around 3:30 p.m.

Interested participants can meet at the Wolfville harbour parking lot at the north end of Gaspereau Avenue at 2 p.m. Drizzle and very light showers will be tolerated. The rain date is July 28 at the same time and place.

Geographic location: Wolfville, East Point, Evangeline Beach North Grand Pré Gaspereau Avenue

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