Hike at wildlife park offers great chance to see ducks and geese

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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SHUBENACADIE - Anyone wanting to check out one of the great wonders of nature may wish to take a hike in the wetlands at Shubenacadie Wildlife Park.
Every fall, the awe-inspiring sight of birds taking to the skies and forming their familiar V flight formation is visible as ducks and geese answer the call of nature to begin their migration south for the winter.
But before they leave, the birds stock up on food and rest in some of the many wetlands that Ducks Unlimited Canada has conserved, including the St. Andrew's Marsh and the Greenwing Legacy Centre wetlands at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park.
Last week, as many as 300 Canada Geese were seen on the marsh with more arriving each day to roost and feed in the wetlands behind the centre.
"People will really enjoy watching the many ducks and geese on the wetlands at the Centre," said Tom Duffy, manager of provincial operations for Ducks Unlimited Canada. "Migration is a time where the importance of wetlands is obvious. Waterfowl, migrating from Newfoundland and Labrador through Nova Scotia rely on these critical wetlands for food and shelter areas to make their trip south."
And, without that habitat, he said, the birds could not complete their journey.
Although the centre closes for the season on Wednesday, the park and trails are open weekends year-round.

Organizations: Ducks Unlimited Canada, Greenwing Legacy Centre

Geographic location: Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, SHUBENACADIE, Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia

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