John­son’s Mills Shore­bird Re­serve now avail­able on Google Street View

Sackville Tribune - - OPINION -

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.

SCOTT DO­HERTY/SACKVILLE TRI­BUNE-POST

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