- Globally rare plant ecosystem
- Over 5 miles of coastline
- Biodiverse bogs & salt marshes
- Offshore eelgrass beds, which absorb a tremendous amount of carbon and support our fisheries
- Tier 1 (top-priority) conservation rating
- Important for habitat for native & migratory bird species
- Over 88 species of birds have been recorded, including the provincially endangered barn swallow & Canada warbler
- Included in the government’s significant habitat database for nesting piping plovers
- Part of a wildlife corridor
Owls Head Provincial Park has a “Tier 1” (top-priority) conservation rating based on extensive consultations with citizens, environmental organizations, industry representatives, and the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs. Even a private real estate valuation commissioned by the prospective developer declared that the “highest and best use” for the property would be ‘conservation’ or ‘recreation’ (such as hiking and kayaking).
Owls Head Provincial Park is a biodiverse property with undisturbed coastal heathlands, salt marshes and bogs, a freshwater lake, estuaries, beaches, and a rugged coastline. It is bordered by offshore eelgrass beds and is home to several species of conservation concern, including a “globally rare” Broom Crowberry (Corema conradii) ecosystem. Scientists from Saint Mary’s University have been studying the plant communities of Owls Head Provincial Park for years, and emphasize that it needs our protection.
Owls Head Provincial Park provides vital ecosystem services, such as carbon sequestration and climate regulation, protecting the coasts from storms, flood protection, water filtration, and habitat provision.
As a 268-hectare coastal landscape on the Atlantic Flyway, Owls Head Provincial Park is an important habitat for native bird species and a refuge for migratory birds. Its shoreline has been identified as habitat for the endangered and beloved piping plover. In Nova Scotia, there are only about 45 breeding pairs of piping plovers, so we must make every effort to protect them.
- We Must Protect Owls Head Provincial Park to Safeguard Biodiversity
- Timeline of Promised Protections
- How You Can Help
Piping Plover photo courtesy of Jason Dain