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

July 11, 2020 - Butterfly plants to give away

9 to 11 a.m.
at the GDDPC office, 4585 route 134 in Cocagne
Do you want to help the Monarch butterfly? Plant some butterfly plants (swamp milkweed) in your flower bed!
Plants are free, but you can always make a donation.
Thanks for your help!

July 8, 2020 - Gardening workshop with Bernadette Goguen

6:30 p.m.
At the Cocagne community garden, 1789 route 535 in Cocagne
For more information: contact Mathieu Bastarache This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 899-1586.
Please Bring your chairs if you need one!
Come learn about various methods in gardening maintenance and tips for controlling pests. With Bernadette Goguen, CFM and gardener.
Please book with the GDDPC by July 7 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by tel. at 576-8247.
It's free! Donations can always be made to the garden.

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