Conserving for our future

The residents of Stephenville Crossing have always lived surrounded by beauty. In the last few years, there has been concern and action, with regard to conservation, and protection , of this important resource. A number of positive things have taken place, including a no hunting zone and the restoration of a wetlands habitat. We have recognized the need to protect what we have for future generations, and we have taken a giant step in that direction.

Each spring, thousands of visitors flock to Stephenville Crossing. Some stay all summer, while others move on and return in the fall. What I am referring to is the large numbers of birds that use our wetlands and surrounding forests, marshes, lakes, streams, and pond habitat, as a staging area on their spring and fall migrations.

147 species have been sighted and identified in the local area. This information was complied from statics provided by local birdwatchers, Mr.Terry Downey, Mr. Neil Dollard, the late Peter St. Croix, and the late Mr. David Russell.

The birds range in size from the bald eagle, with a wing span of 7 to 8 feet, to the Ruby Throated Humming Bird which is a mere 3 inches long. The list continues to increase each year, with the Northern Shovler, the Eurasian Wigeon in 2000, and the Atlantic Puffin in 2001, being added as uncommon visitors.

Stephenville Crossing has some unique qualities that make it a desirable bird watching spot. As you go on your virtual visit of our wetland treasure, and view the work that has already been done, to conserve this area, we hope you enjoy what you see, and that it will encourage you to add our area as a “must see” spot, for your next vacation.


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