Birding Tourism Grows on Cape Sable Island

first_img Bird watchers are going to have even more reason to flock to CapeSable Island. A birding site is being developed and enhanced atThe Hawk, a coastal community and rest stop for thousands ofmigrating birds each year. The province is investing $100,000 to further develop the site.The announcement was made at a birding festival on the islandtoday, March 19, by MLA Cecil O’Donnell, on behalf of Tourism,Culture and Heritage Minister Rodney MacDonald. “This project will help Nova Scotia be more competitive in thegrowing birding tourism market,” said Mr. O’Donnell. “It willattract more visitors to Cape Sable Island and extend the tourismseason for many local businesses.” The one-time grant will be used to help with the development ofwalking trails, interpretive signs, viewing platforms and otherpublic, year-round facilities for bird watchers. The project willbe led by the Cape Sable Island Important Bird Area Committee. “This is a real milestone for the Cape Sable Important Bird AreaCommittee,” said Patricia Hudson, project co-ordinator. “Thisfunding will help make our plans for site enhancement at The Hawka reality both for our local area and for the tourism industry.” Nova Scotia’s 2005 Tourism Plan identified birding as a keystrategic priority with excellent potential to attract visitorson a year-round basis. A recently completed report on birdingopportunities in Nova Scotia, conducted by the South ShoreTourism Association, recommended Cape Sable Island as anexcellent location for developing a birding tourism product. Today’s investment is part of $15 million in funding announced byMr. MacDonald in December 2004. That funding is designed to helpboost Nova Scotia’s tourism industry in the areas of marketing,product development, and regional tourism initiatives. TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Birding Tourism Grows on CapeSable Islandlast_img