Sandpipers and the Bay of Fundy

During the peak months of July and August, acrobatic flocks of thousands of birds mesmerize observers in the Bay of Fundy with their skill, majestic elegance and timelessness.

Although twelve species of migratory shorebird commonly pass through the Bay of Fundy during fall, by far most of the visiting birds are Semipalmated Sandpiper (75%), Semipalmated Plover (20%) and Least Sandpiper.

The Semipalmated Sandpiper, Calidris pusilla, is a small sparrow-sized shorebird which visits the upper Bay of Fundy annually from July through October. Over two million Semipalmated Sandpipers – roughly 75% of the world’s population — move through the Fundy region en route from nesting grounds in the Canadian Sub-arctic to wintering areas in South America. Source:

Read the 2002 New York Times story called The Sandpipers of Fundy Bay 

Watch this Adorable Oscar nominated short animation about the life of a fledgling sandpiper (3:20 minutes)

“successful foraging in the productive Fundy mud is critical for
up to 95 percent of the world’s population of Semipalmated Sandpipers”

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