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Don’t forget your binoculars.

In New Brunswick, nature is all around you, and many species of birds live in and migrate to our wilds and our cities. So birdwatching here is fascinating. Take it slow. Wait patiently, and remain in the moment. You will be rewarded with great sightings, and maybe even a “lifer”—a bird you see for the first time. 

If you’re new to birdwatching, just enjoy what you see on your strolls—you will spot something beautiful. And if you’re a seasoned birder, grab your binoculars, field guide, notebook, and camera, and step quietly into our nature. Our shores and marshes are rich in nutrients that provide food and shelter to breeding and migratory birds. And our varied ecosystems (from forest to mountain to seaside) attract a great diversity of species—birds of prey like bald eagles and ospreys, shorebirds like plovers, and countless varieties of warblers and ducks.

Especially watch for New Brunswick’s provincial bird—the small, tame, and acrobatic Black-capped chickadee. The Great Blue Heron is often seen standing or walking slowly in shallow water, river estuaries and lagoons. Flocks of semipalmated sandpipers flying together is a sight to behold. In the summer they crowd the Bay of Fundy mudflats to feed before continuing their migration; one of the best places to experience this wonder is Johnson's Mills Shorebird Reserve and Mary’s Point Shorebird Centre. Grand Manan is also a prime bird watching spot—on Machias Seal Island you’re likely to spot that most interesting and colourful of birds, the puffin. Keep the camera at hand! 

Want to know more?

Maritime Breeding Birds Atlas 

A bible for the casual birdwatcher and the seasoned birder

Birding NB / Oiseau NB

A friendly birding community offering a wealth of information on recent sightings and rare birds.

NatureNB

Connect with local naturalist clubs and learn about nature-related programs around New Brunswick.

Acadian Birder Alain Clavette

Follow the Twitter feed of CBC Radio’s local birding expert for beautiful photos and great tips.