SAM Member Since: July 2013
Acres Protected: 826
The Town of Bonavista, with a population of ~3700, is located on the Bonavista Peninsula on the island of Newfoundland. It is situated on the Discovery Trail (Route 230), just 3 hours from both Gander and the Argentia ferry, and 3.5 hours from the capital city of St. John's. In the last decade of the 19th century, Bonavista was a booming town that serviced the 20,000 people living on the peninsula. Today, the Town of Bonavista is a modern community with a rich history and continues to grow both economically and culturally.
Bonavista's Conservation areas have habitat of critical importance to waterfowl and other wildlife, generally providing prime habitat for nesting and brood rearing. In addition, the wetlands and unique shoreline and coastal region are home to a number of species at risk. Peregrine falcon, Ivory gull and Short-eared owl have all been observed around the coastal areas of Bonavista. Gray-cheeked thrush and Rusty blackbird, both of which prefer coniferous-dominated areas and wetlands, have also been spotted.