Nova Scotia Protects Bird Habitat

Atlantic Puffin
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Nature Canada reports that Bird Islands have been designated as a provincial wildlife management area.

Habitat in this Important Bird Area will be protected for Great Cormorants, Atlantic Puffins and many other species.

In April, Nova Scotia designated Hertford and Ciboux Islands, collectively known as Bird Islands off the north-east shore of Cape Breton, as a provincial wildlife management area. Covering just 2.25 square kilometres, these islands house the largest colony of Great Cormorants in North America, approximately 9% of the population found along the North American Atlantic coast. Nova Scotia’s largest populations of Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills and Black-legged Kittiwakes are also found on their shores. The new designation will provide legal protection for this vital habitat. Among the protective measures, a provincial permit will be required to visit the islands, reducing the threat from human disturbance.

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