Southern Bight-Minas Basin

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Southern Bight-Minas Basin

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    26,800 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    45°13'N 64°16'W
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Southern Bight-Minas Basin. 05/11/87; Nova Scotia; 26,800 ha; 45°13'N 064°16'W. Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve; National Wildlife Area. An estuarine embayment surrounded by uplands interspersed with saltmarshes. High tidal amplitudes expose extensive intertidal sand and mud flats that attract large numbers of various species of staging waterbirds, including Anatidae (ducks, geese, swans, etc.), Calidris pusilla (over 100,000) and C. minutilla (up to 10,000). There is unregulated harvesting of polychaetes for the bait fishing business. Ramsar site no. 379. Most recent RIS information: 2001.

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Nova Scotia

  • National legal designation: 
    • national wildlife area
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