The Nature Conservancy of Canada in Newfoundland and Labrador has announced its reserve expansion in the Codroy Valley.
The conservancy says the 61 hectares of land supports one of the most diverse populations of birds in Atlantic Canada, including the endangered piping plover. The area is an annual stopover for thousands of migratory birds.
The announcement brings the total protected area of land to 243 hectares in the area. The new property is located along the Grand Codroy Estuary, near the community of Doyle’s.
A 2016 North American survey found that more than one-third of bird species are declining due to factors such as climate change and habitat loss.