Cape Freels is one of the best and richest shorebird areas in Newfoundland. It’s an ecologically rich ecosystem with extremely high biodiversity (130 species of birds observed) due to its inland and coastal wetlands, variety of habitat types (beaches, sand dunes, coastal marshes, and large eelgrass meadows), its unique location, and its relatively undeveloped state. It’s a staging and wintering area for hundreds of waterfowl of various species and breeding habitat for a variety of shorebirds and other species.
Our goal is to reduce threats to Red Knot, Piping Plover, Rusty Blackbird, and the Short-eared Owl, while restoring their damaged coastal habitat, and educate the public on this important ecosystem. This project builds on related conservation work by adding threat reduction to complement existing land conservation and promotional efforts.
This Community-Nominated Priority Place (CNPP) for Species at Risk project, based in Cape Freels, is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal Department of Environment and Climate Change.