Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 29, July 27
Chignecto National Wildlife Area
Chignecto National Wildlife Area trails and parking lot are open to the public for day-use only.
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Chignecto NWA is located in Nova Scotia. The NWA contains diverse habitats and supports a wide array of wildlife species. 228 bird species have been recorded within the NWA in recent years.
Chignecto NWA is home to a variety of species. Various marsh birds such as sora and Virginia railare common. Some of the highest nesting densities of pied-billed grebe in North America have been recorded in the NWA. People have recorded a total of 228 birdspecies within the NWA in recent years. Over 100 species breed within the NWA. In addition, one can find a sugar maple tree with a circumference of over 4 meters in the NWA. People have estimated that this tree is over 250 years old.
The Amherst Point section consists of 412 ha which has both NWA and Migratory Bird Sanctuary (MBS) status. Ducks Unlimited Canada has improved a large portion of the Migratory Birds Sanctuary's wetlands. They improved the wetlands through the construction of dykes and control structures.
Chignecto NWA provides habitat for a wide variety of mammals including, among others, the:
Find more information on Chignecto NWA in the summary table below.
Under the Canada Wildlife Act, NWAs are protected and managed in accordance with the Wildlife Area Regulations. The primary purpose of NWAs is to protect and conserve wildlife and their habitat. For this purpose and according to the legislation, all activities in a NWA that could interfere with the conservation of wildlife can be prohibited. Consequently, most NWAs are not accessible to the public and all activities are prohibited. However, some activities may be authorized through public notice or the issuance of permits as long as they are consistent with the management plan goals for the NWA. For more information, consult the NWAs Management and Activities section.
Planning your visit
There is a small network of trails which provides access to the Chignecto NWA. You can enjoy hiking, wildlife observation, as well as some lovely photo opportunities in the NWA.
Note: Hunting is not permitted within the NWA, however trapping is allowed, subject to provincial regulations.
Public facilities: Parking lot and walking trails
Access to the NWA is permitted in accordance with the conservation objectives of the NWA management plan. For more information on what is permitted in NWAs, consult the NWA Management and Activities page.
From the town of Amherst, Nova Scotia, take Southampton Road southeast until the road turns southwest. This is part of the Bay of Fundy Eco-Tour route. You can access a small parking lot on the north side of Southampton Road.
You can find more information on access and permitting for Chignecto NWA, by contacting the Environment and Climate Change Canada regional office.
Map of the area
There was some huffing an puffing on our visit, gorgeous scenery, very few birds, but lots of mushrooms, lichens, fungi and mosses.
Dead Man's Fingers
Blue Bead Lily
12 Spotted Skimmer
End of Day
Keywords: Birds of Nova Scotia, canada, Chignecto National Wildlife Area, Dragonflies of Nova Scotia, nova scotia