SANDY BAY NOVA SCOTIA, - A pristine white beach on Nova Scotia's south shore that hosts the endangered piping plover has been donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
The conservancy is announcing the details today of the 69-hectare donation of beach, wetland and forest in Sandy Bay.
The area is bordered by Kejimkujik national park on one side and Thomas Raddall provincial park on the other.
It also neighbours on a Canadian Wildlife Service migratory bird sanctuary, and is a nesting site for a number of shorebirds.
The Port Joli area was a gathering place in the summer for Mi'kmaq from Kejimkujik before Europeans arrived.
The conservancy is a not-for-profit charity that has protected 440 hectares in the Port Joli area.
The latest project was completed with funding contributions from the federal Natural Areas Conservation Program, the Nova Scotia Crown Share Land Legacy Trust, as well as donations from David Fountain and the Davis Foundation.