Avian Diversity at Owls Head Provincial Park

A photo gallery of bird species recorded through e-bird

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.

The coastal headland supports a variety of habitats, including a beach, estuaries, bogs, and salt marshes. Last summer, CPAWS NS and a team of biodiversity experts set out “to identify bird species across these habitats and document the ecological significance of this unique region.”

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A Bird’s Eye View of Owls Head Provincial Park

Owls Head Provincial Park is a 705.2-acre property, with over 5 miles of publicly owned shoreline.

As unanimously approved-in-principle by local community representatives in 1975, Owls Head Provincial Park was intended to be part of the “Islands and Headlands” component of the Eastern Shore Seaside Parks System. The area was supposed to be one of the “Natural Environment Parks Proposed as representative examples of the unique coastal landscape.”

The bedrock ridges were formed as the glaciers scraped across the province thousands of years ago. The whole ecosystem, including the coastal broom crowberry plant community, has evolved around these conditions.

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Coastal Adventures

During the 2020 season, Coastal Adventures led destination paddles around Owls Head Provincial Park.

This area, part of the 100 Wild Islands Tourism Advancement Partnership, is perfect for kayaking & eco-tourism. The stunning archipelago contains over 100 islands and represents “one of the last remaining intact and ecologically rich island groups of its size in North America.” (Nova Scotia Nature Trust)

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Eelgrass Exploration

Recently, CPAWS NS and a team of volunteers completed numerous underwater transects to document the eelgrass beds at Owls Head Provincial Park. CPAWS NS has been undertaking scientific surveys at Owls Head all summer. Thank you to CPAWS NS for your work to protect this special marine ecosystem. Thank you also to Dr. Kristina Boerder and Simon Ryder-Burbidge for sharing their photos with us.

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