Johnson’s Mills Shorebird Reserve now available on Google Street View
Hilary Mann, an interpreter at the Johnson’s Mills Shorebird Reserve and Interpretive Centre, tests out a Google Trekker camera outfit Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, with a little help from NCC IT specialist Luc Thomas. Google and the NCC created panoramic views of the route followed by the Trekker Monday and Tuesday, which will eventually be uploaded to Google Maps.
underway at the Johnson’s Mills site in mid-august 2015.
NCC’S maiden expedition with the Google Trekker was timed
to coincide with the peak migration period of thousands of shorebirds arriving at Johnson’s Mills from the Arctic. Nearly two million sandpipers rely on this area as a crucial stop, staying for three weeks to rest and eat on the mudflats, doubling their body weight before continuing their journey to South America.
Laurel Bernard, NCC director of stewardship, said they are thrilled to share the properties with a worldwide audience.
“This allows people interested in exploring NCC’S spectacular sites and trails to preview them virtually so they can better plan their trip. Anyone planning to volunteer with us will also be able to view the area in advance.”
John Lounds, NCC president and CEO, said he hopes the images will encourage people in Canada and around the world to explore some of the stunning and diverse landscapes.
“Our mandate is to conserve our precious places, connect Canadians to nature and inspire people to cherish and care for all that nature gives us.”
The complete list of NCC sites can be viewed at http://www. natureconservancy.ca/trekker and spans both ends of the country, from NCC’S lands along the East Coast Trail in Maddox Cove in Newfoundland and Labrador, to the Chase Woods in the Cowichan Valley of British Columbia.