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About Fundy Shorebirds


Seeing the fall migration of shorebirds through the Bay of Fundy is an unforgettable experience. For a brief few weeks each summer, shorebirds enliven the upper Bay of Fundy and add more magic to an already exceptionally magical place.

In summer, several species of shorebird are on the move southward to their wintering areas and happen to overlap at a big rest station that seems tailored-made for tired hungry shorebirds in transit: the upper Bay of Fundy.

Quite a crowd of shorebirds assembles in the region, but the starring role goes to the Semipalmated Sandpiper which makes up the large bulk of the birds that visits Fundy. Though, each year unusual visitors make surprise appearance in amongst the ranks of the more common species.

Drawings by Robert Lyon

What Are Shorebirds?

Fall Shorebird Migration

Semipalmated Sandpiper


Small group of Least sandpipers resting on beach at high tide
Photo Credit: Donald Sam

Sea lavender in flower
Photo Credit: Donald Sam


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