Pugwash – The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has announced the protection of 29 hectares of land near the Village of Pugwash, in Nova Scotia, and a significant gift from local resident Emile Gautreau.
Mr. Gautreau made a financial donation in efforts to see this critical habitat protected for all time. After seeing NCC’s fundraising appeals in local newspapers to save the property, Mr. Gautreau, a Nova Scoita Metis elder and spiritual leader contacted the non-profit and donated the final amount required by NCC to purchase the property.
In celebration of this significant gift from Mr. Gautreau (and many other Canadians), the Pugwash Estuary, the largest along the Northumberland Strait remains largely undeveloped. It is unique in that it drains completely at low tide, exposing its Eelgrass flats to feeding birds. This feature, along with low disturbance levels, causes this area to annually attract about 3,000 Canada Geese, American Black Ducks, and other migratory birds from late August until December.
Partnership is at the heart of NCC’s work. Many forces for nature have come together to help secure this property including: Environment Canada, Mr. Gautreau, the Nova Scotia Crown Share Land Legacy Trust and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.