Eastern Cape Sable Island IBA
Stewards are needed to deter inappropriate land use and protect shorelines for endangered Piping Plovers at Eastern Cape Sable Island IBA.
Eastern Cape Sable Island’s sandy beaches and mudflats provide year-round habitat for a diversity of birdlife. Spring and fall migrants include geese, loons, egrets, herons, seaducks, cormorants and brant attracted to the sandy beaches and mudflats. A rich landbird diversity including warblers, vireos, sparrows, and tanagers enjoys the island’s inland forests, thickets, heaths and residential gardens in summer. Sanderlings, Black-bellied Plovers, Red Knots and Ruddy Turnstones use the site as their winter home.
Much of the island’s fragile shoreline is unprotected, privately owned, and threatened by inappropriate use. Easy access from nearby roads and residential areas makes for frequent disturbance of nesting and foraging birds. Our ongoing IBA Communities in Action project helps sensitize residents, protect shorelines for migrating birds, and benefit the surrounding communities through ecotourism.
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