Over 40 lobster traps and twenty bags of garbage were removed from Crow Neck Beach.
As part of the Nature Trust’s summer events series, community-minded people from all over Nova Scotia spent Sunday, Aug. 11, removing litter around Crow Neck Beach. The 30 participants, who attended the event hosted by the Nova Scotia Nature Trust and Bird Studies Canada had a great day cleaning up the beach and hiking the Crow Neck Beach property.
Shelburne County is home to some of Nova Scotia’s most beautiful beaches and coastline, including Crow Neck Beach, which provides vital nesting sites for Piping Plovers and other shore birds. Crow Neck beach is one of the most important nesting sites in Nova Scotia for the rare and endangered plovers. The beach’s location and natural environment has the right mix of sand and cobble, along with the protection of a backwater marsh. Shelburne County boasts nearly 50% of the Piping Plover pairs in Nova Scotia, and Crow Neck Beach has the largest number of pairs of any site in Nova Scotia.
“The Piping Plover is a species struggling to survive – in Nova Scotia there are fewer than 50 pairs, and besides being very cute, Piping Plovers also have many fascinating features” said Manny De Aquino, Stewardship Assistant at the Nature Trust. The Male Plover will act as “Mr. Mom” to their chicks if the mom leaves the family early, individuals may live up to 14 years and each year the Plovers winter from North Carolina to Cuba. “It is important that we look after the habitat for these birds. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Nova Scotia Nature Trust play an important role in the work to conserve endangered species, and also ensure the protection of ecosystems that ensure the health of all living things”.
Many organizations are involved in the conservation of Piping Plovers, including Bird Studies Canada, which spearheads plover conservation efforts in Nova Scotia. Bird Studies Canada regularly monitors Piping Plover nests at Crow Neck Beach and communicate with beach-goers each year, to let them know that the plovers are on site.
For the Aug. 11 clean up, over 30 people young and old, from nearby and visiting from as far away as California, donated their time and muscle to help remove over 40 lobster traps and twenty bags of garbage from the property. The area around the beach looked clean and safe after the clean-up crew was finished, and now the beach will be clean for the rest of the visitors this summer. It will also be safer for people and wildlife who frequent its shores.
“It was great to take part on Sunday and to have so many people come out to Crow Neck Beach. I don’t think we could have imagined a more beautiful day,” said Chris Curry of Bird Studies Canada.
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust’s summer event series was created to engage local communities and citizens, providing unique opportunities for people of all ages to get out in nature and experience the beauty and significance of Nova Scotia’s natural landscapes and the wildlife that live there. These experiences help foster an appreciation of, and connection with, the environment and a better understanding of the issues facing natural areas and opportunities to protect them.
For more information about the Piping Plover or the Nature Trust contact the Nature Trust office at (902) 425-LAND or visit: www.nsnt.ca