Birding Kutapsku’j (Stephenville Crossing) and Nujio’qon (St. George’s)
For 2021, this tour is a self-drive guided tour (your guides will be in a separate car)
2021 tour dates are flexible and can be booked for any date between May 25 and December 20.
2022 scheduled tour dates are listed in the Tour Fact Sheet below, advance booking is required.
This one-day guided birding tour begins near a small seaside town on the eastern shore of beautiful Nujio’qonik (St. George’s Bay). We’ll take an Indigenous view of the land as we explore a migratory bird sanctuary in search of waterfowl, seabirds, and a variety of shorebirds. Later, we’ll turn our attention to the healing power of plants on our medicine walk through land rich in Mi’kmaq culture and history.
Tour Starts / Ends
2022 Tour Includes
Pick up and drop off service
Transportation during the tour
What you might see on this tour
Positioned southeast of the community of Stephenville Crossing are the St. George’s River Estuary and a migratory bird sanctuary that together contribute to extensive wetlands managed for conservation under a Municipal Habitat Steward Agreement.
We’ll discover the spiritual values that define Indigenous relationships with nature, while exploring rich habitat and the wildlife it supports. Within the stewardship area, we’ll look for Willet (Eastern), Arctic Tern, Caspian Tern and Spotted Sandpiper. American Black Duck, American Wigeon, and Northern Pintail are some of the waterfowl we are likely to see.
We’ll discover the significance of raptors to the Mi’kmaq people, like Osprey and Bald Eagle, and watch for these birds of prey in a variety of coastal habitats.
The area is also home to the only known colony of breeding Black-headed Gull in North America.
We’ll visit nearby beaches with sculpted sand dunes and look with a scope for the endangered Piping Plover.
In the fall, the wetlands become an important stopover and staging area for a diversity of migrating birds like Eurasian Wigeon, White-rumped Sandpiper, Black-bellied Plover, Hudsonian Godwit and Red Knot.
Late in the fall season, we watch for Barrow’s Goldeneye, Bufflehead, and large flocks of Greater Scaup that mark nearby ponds.
Flocks of Horned Lark, American Pipit, and Snow Bunting are seasonal species we may encounter as we tour the landscape to discover the natural medicines used by the Mi’kmaq people for millennia.
The community of Nujio’qon (St. George’s) has a long and rich Mi’kmaq history that predates the historical record. Mi’kmaq oral traditions tell the story of a way of life and how Mi’kmaq people came to occupy the area. KTaqmkuk Mi’kmaq Historical Museum in Nujio’qon (St. George’s) captures their remarkable journey through art and storytelling and can be experienced by visitors from June 24 to August 30.