Amherst Point Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Amherst, Nova Scotia B4H 4S8

Amherst Point Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Amherst Point Migratory Bird Sanctuary Professional Review and Guide

"Although relatively small, Amherst Point has much to offer. Designated a Migratory Bird Sanctuary in 1947 at the request of neighbouring landowners, it assumed its present size of 433 ha (1,070 a) in 1980. Together with the 600 ha (1,480 a) John Lusby Marsh, it makes up the Chignecto National Wildlife Area. A surprising variety of habitat lie within the sanctuary, but 66% of its area is open water, marsh, and bogs, or controlled water-level impoundments, an environment ideal for waterfowl.

The enclosed wetlands, specifically the impoundments created by the dikes and sluices built by Ducks Unlimited in the 1970s, are among the best waterfowl breeding grounds in Nova Scotia. More than 200 bird species have been observed at Amherst Point, which is a regular nesting site for regionally rare varieties such as gadwall, redhead, ruddy duck, virginia rail, common gallinule, and black tern. Gypsum deposits underlie the entire area, and, from 1935 to 1942, a commercial mine operated near the sanctuary."

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"Designated a Migratory Bird Sanctuary in 1947 at the request of neighbouring landowners, the Amherst Point Migratory Bird Sanctuary assumed its present size of 433 ha (1,070 ac) in 1980, and together with the 600 ha (1,480 ac) John Lusby Marsh makes up Chignecto National Wildlife Area. A surprising variety of habitats lie within the sanctuary, but 66% of its area is open water, marsh, and bogs, or controlled water-level impoundments, an environment ideal for waterfowl."

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Trail Information

Amherst
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3.75
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1 to 2 hours
Duration
Best spring through fall
Season
Amherst 21 H/16
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