Birds die af­ter be­ing trapped in Beaubassin pav­il­ion

Five dead birds found in­side on Satur­day, Parks Canada to in­stall anti-col­li­sion lm

The Amherst News - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHELSEY GOULD sta reporter@cum­ber­land­news­now.com

Lisa Dav­i­son was vis­it­ing the Beaubassin view park on Satur­day when she came across a dis­turb­ing sight.

In­side the pav­il­ion, a wooden struc­ture sur­rounded by clear acrylic plas­tic and cov­ered with a roof, were ve dead birds.

“The closer I walked to it, the more I re­al­ized that I could see dead birds in­side the struc­ture,” said Dav­i­son. “I re­ally don’t like see­ing that, it’s so un­nec­es­sary.”

She be­lieves that the birds must have en­tered through open­ing spa­ces to perch on the rafters and then be­came con­fused on how to get back out, dy­ing ei­ther from ex­haus­tion or hit­ting the sur­round­ing acrylic plas­tic, which had bird de­cals taped to it.

Parks Canada says that spe­cialty films are go­ing to be in­stalled this week to fur­ther pre­vent birds from col­lid­ing with the pan­els. ey are opaque from the out­side and mostly trans­par­ent from in­side, still al­low­ing view­ers to look at the land­scape.

“We are con­cerned with the bird col­li­sions that have oc­curred and we are tak­ing mea­sures to pre­vent fu­ture is­sues,” said Parks Canada in an email. “Canada’s na­tional parks must in­te­grate en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion with vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ences.”

Parks Canada says that the bird de­cals were meant to de­ter the birds but they were not ef­fec­tive, and that sta are mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

Dav­i­son is a self-pro­fessed “bird nerd” and loves na­ture. She be­lieves that some of the birds were star­lings but wasn’t cer­tain.

“It just seems so cruel when you get in­side of it and you re­al­ize that the birds are in there and they can’t gure a way out,” said Dav­i­son. “Be­cause they’re not look­ing an exit like we are.”

The de­ceased birds dis­ap­peared on Sun­day; whether they were re­moved by a per­son or wildlife was un­clear. Dav­i­son says that she reached out to Cum­ber­land-Colch­ester MP Bill Casey, who in­formed Parks Canada of the is­sue.

The Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence Na­tional His­toric Sites are lo­cated near the Nova Sco­tia Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, in an area highly pop­u­lated by mi­gra­tory birds.

The park an­tic­i­pates that the view park will open in Septem­ber. No date has been con rmed yet.

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Two of the ve dead birds found by Dav­i­son in the pav­il­ion. Shad­ows of the bird de­cals can be found on the right.

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