Let's take care of our land of plenty!

The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group's (PCSDG) mission is to engage citizen participation towards the sustainability of Cocagne watershed communities
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Ardea herodias (Crane/Grand héron)

  • Did you know that this large bird nests in a tree?
  • It is the largest North American heron, with a head-to-tail length of 91–140 cm (36-55 in), a wingspan of 167-201 cm (66-79 in), a height of 108-132 cm (42-52 in) and a weight of 2–3.6 kg (4.4-8 lbs), females weighing slightly less.
  • Both the male and female build their nest together. It can measure up to a meter in diameter and take a whole week to build. The Great Blue Heron is extremely sensitive to disturbances during the incubating period. It is highly recommended to stay away from colonies between March and August and never come closer than 300 feet from the nest the other months.
  • Each year, the Great Blue Heron, mates with a different partner. They share nurturing duties, taking turns in incubating the eggs and once hatched, keeping them warm and feeding the young. Around the eighth week, they start to fly then, on the tenth week, they leave the nest. In its natural habitat, the Great Blue Heron can live up to 17 years.
  • Many Great Blue Herons travel south for the winter. They leave in October or November but some are still here in December.
  • It is illegal to hunt the Great Blue Heron in New Brunswick.
  • The last census, taken in 2006, shows a total of 219 nests on Cocagne Island. Some birds are natural predators that prey upon the eggs and young but one of the greatest threats to the Great Blue Heron is the loss of habitat such as marshes. It feeds on small fish, insects, crustaceans and frogs. It can be seen along our coastal areas and its presence is part of our rich biodiversity.

Actions-interactions
  • Protect our wetlands.
  • Stay away from nests.
  • Support the Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group activities.
  • Send your observations to the Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group.


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Upcoming activities

Jan 18, 2020 - Nature Trust NB presentation

Hosted by the garden club `In Giardino`
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Shediac Multipurpose Center, 58 Festival Street in Shediac NB E4P 1S4
A free will offering will be appreciated to defray expenses
Doors and cash bar will open at 12H30

Jan 18, 2020 - Community dinner - Fried smelts

Organized by Cocagneries and Center 50 de Cocagne
5:00 p.m. 
$ 12 per person, tickets for sale at E.A. Melanson and Cocagne Variety
Fundraiser for St-Pierre de Cocagne Church

Feb 12, 2020 - FREE! Understanding 5G technology

6.30 p.m.
Place to be confirmed
Understanding 5G technology: the why, the how, the impact on health and learning to protect yourself /> With Laurence Marie and Rachelle Poirier
Film in English, animators speak French

Feb 15, 2020 - Cocagne Winter Carnival

Community breakfast with students of Blanche Bourgeois School at Center 50
Old-fashioned dinner at Center 50, $ 12 per person
Other activities will be added. If you have any suggestions or you can offer help, please don't hesitate to contact Marcelle Paulin, director of the rural community of Cocagne 576-2202

March 7, 2020 - Seed swap

Co-organized by the garden club `In Giardino` and the GDDPC
10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Center 50, 10 rue Villa in Cocagne
Introduction to seed saving
If you do not bring seeds to exchange, but you want to take seeds, admission is $ 5
Please bring your seeds to exchange, clearly identified.

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The Pays de Cocagne in pictures

 

The Pays de Cocagne in pictures