Trees Toppers Nature Plan The Quest for Adventure

The Quest for Adventure

A unique expedition cruise along the fjords of eastern Canada and the dune Islands in the summer of 2022 raised thousands of dollars for BirdLife’s conservation leadership program, the Graeme Gibson Fellowship.

Marked by steep Precambrian shields, the landscapes and seascapes of eastern Canada are fascinating. Pristine boreal forests and uninterrupted beaches stretch from horizon to Horizon. The deep fjords along the coast of Newfoundland remind visitors of the recent ice age, which not only shaped the geomorphology of the region, but also created Sable Island, a 40-kilometer-long nationally protected barrier located 200 km off the east coast of Nova Scotia. Along the continental shelf, which borders all of Canada’s maritime provinces, a buoyancy zone is created in the largest underwater canyon in the North Atlantic, home to an extraordinary diversity of marine life.

With this in mind, Adventure Canada, together with BirdLife International, Margaret Atwood and 175 international guests from all over the world, are embarking on a 10-day expedition on June 24, 2022 to discover the enormous beauty of the region’s wildlife and its cultural past rich in history. During the initial planning of the adventure, BirdLife partnered with Adventure Canada to promote the Graeme Gibson Scholarship, with the aim of developing and supporting talented conservation leaders from across the BirdLife family.

The late Graeme Gibson, with his partner Margaret Atwood, was an experienced expedition leader on Adventure Canada tours and honorary members of Birdlife’s Rare Bird Club. This partnership was therefore a natural complement to this company.

It was interesting to learn that most of these species spent the Boreal winter in the Caribbean and northern South America, and that they would begin their annual migration south in just one month.

Journey of discovery

Our first stop on the expedition was Sable Island National Park, a legendary sandbar off the south coast of Nova Scotia that has caused more shipwrecks than any other island in the region. This uninhabited outpost is famous for its wild horses, about 500 of which roam freely and were brought here in the 1700s. For the birdwatchers on board, the prize of this stage was the endemic and threatened Ipswich sparrow, a pale subspecies of savannah sparrow widespread on the continent. Nesting Ipswich sparrows could be seen in the windswept grassy areas of the many dunes scattered across the Island.

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