New Bay of Fundy habitats near Truro, Amherst get international recognition

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New areas on the Bay of Fundy are being internationally recognized as key wildlife habitats for imperiled shorebirds.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada announced yesterday that shorebird habitats in Cumberland Basin near Amherst, and in Cobequid Bay near Truro, have been recognized by leading international conservation scientists.

The two new areas, along with two previously recognized areas in the Shepody Bay and Minas Basin, have been collectively designated a Landscape of Hemispheric Importance by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network.

There has been a global decline in shorebird populations due to habitat loss, climate change and other factors since the 1970s.