The Birding Route

The Lower River Passage is a New Brunswick birding nirvana. The river itself, with its associated islands and wetlands, mead- ows and marshes, forests immature and mature, offers a wide range of habitat and attracts over 250 bird species. Dozens of trails and scores of other vantage points await the observer; calm backwaters and channels take the canoeist into the heart of nest- ing territories.

Seasonally flooded intervale pastures and crop land are important staging and feeding areas during spring and fall migrations. The tree-fringed impoundments and wetland habi- tats common along the river host ducks and waders. Eagles and osprey are often seen carrying fish to their nests. In the forests and meadows, warblers and other songbirds rear their broods on the summer’s bounty.

The communities of the Lower River Passage are fortunate in having many publicly-accessible sites waiting to reward birders with glimpses of species both rare and common.

1. Spooner Island Rotary Nature Park | Parc naturel Rotary de Spooner Island

2. Hampton Town Hall

3. Irving Nature Park | Parc naturel Irving

4. Nerepis River Kiosk | Kiosque de la rivière Nerepis

5. Oak Point Park | Parc Oak Point.

6. Evandale Marsh
7. Evandale Ferry landing

8. Hampstead Wharf
9. The George Slipp Legacy Marsh

10. Queenstown Wharf

16. Colwells Wharf

17. Jemseg Flats

11. Fox Road Wharf
12. Gagetown Ferry Marsh
13. Rotary Park Landing
14. Foshay Intervale
15. Black Duck Marsh

20. Hazen Park
21. Wilmot Bluff Park

18. Youngs Cove Wharf

19. Babbits Meadows

22. Lincoln Trail

23. Nashwaaksis Stream Nature Park | Parc naturel du ruisseau Nashwaaksis