Saturday, November 8, 2008

New Bay of Fundy Hawk Heaven for Birders

I've long tried to convince local tourism operators that Chamcook and Greenlaw Mountains near St. Andrews were great locations to attract serious birders. Didn't work ... mostly they glazed over, apparently not fully realizing that birders are passionate, travellers of the kind that support sustainable tourism.

Now, along comes Todd Watts, an artist and avid birder who actually goes there and records what's happening in a very convincing way. Presto, we have a "new" important site; maybe on the same level as Brier Island where the fall hawk migration is world renowned. Add this to our natural beauty, the whales, seals, and other spectacular bird locations around the Bay and we are building "critical mass" as they say ... drawing attention to the importance of the Quoddy "eco-economy" a vibrant natural economy based on our natural resources, not heavy industrial development.

Thanks to Todd for bringing this to our attention. I'll try to post new information here as it becomes available.

You owe it to yourself to visit Todd's website for more fabulous folk carvings like the one I borrowed for this article. Thanks Todd.

Art MacKay

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