Wet­land and forested sites con­served on Northum­ber­land Strait

Cape Breton Post - - PROVINCIAL -

PUG­WASH, N.S. - A large tract of for­est and wet­land is be­ing pro­tected along Nova Sco­tia’s Northum­ber­land Strait. The Na­ture Con­ser­vancy of Canada says the 83 hectares in­clude salt marsh wet­land and forests on the Pug­wash River. The ac­qui­si­tion also takes in the Mis­si­quash marshes on the Nova Sco­tia side of the Chignecto Isth­mus. The group says the area is prime habi­tat for dif­fer­ent wa­ter­fowl, in­clud­ing Canada geese, Amer­i­can black ducks and great blue heron. Eel­grass on the mud bot­tom of an es­tu­ary is also a fish habi­tat dur­ing spawn­ing and rear­ing, and 27 species of shore­birds pass through the re­gion dur­ing mi­gra­tions. The Chignecto Isth­mus is the site of a land con­ser­va­tion ef­fort to build a pro­tected cor­ri­dor for wildlife, like bob­cats, bears and moose.

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