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Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Canada
I am 67 years old and was born in England. I have lived and birded extensively in seven Canadian provinces since 1970. I now call New Brunswick home and live on the island of Grand Manan. I worked for Parks Canada for 8 years after 1974 and was an onboard naturalist on Alaskan cruiseships for 5 years from 1996 and as shore excursions staff in the Caribbean for 3 years from 1998. I have authored or co-authored 9 bird books, including Birds of Atlantic Canada and Birding in New Brunswick. I also paint and sell owl paperweights, magnets and wall- mountings.
Grand Manan is an archipelago situated in the southwestern corner of New Brunswick, Canada, and lies in the Bay of Fundy close to the Passamaquoddy Bay entrance and next to the state of Maine. The main island has a population of 2300+ residents living in several linked communities along the eastern coastline from North Head to Deep Cove. I live in Ingalls Head, which is halfway down the island and has a ferry link to White Head Island, the only other inhabited island with about 235 residents. Grand Manan has long been known as a birding paradise and attracts most of the species on the provincial list. Most arrive and leave during spring and fall migration periods, but about 40% of the species stay to nest and there are several target species around in the winter, including Harlequin Duck. In 2008, Grand Manan had the highest species total (82 + 10 in count week) among the province's Christmas Bird Counts, even though there were only 10 participants.
Update 2014 I still provide bird-related programs for the Marathon Inn at North Head, Grand Manan and undertake Grand Manan Breeding Bird Atlas, Christmas Bird Counts and Atlantic Canada Shorebird surveys. I am the author of v_quote_vBirds of Atlantic Canadav_quote_v and v_quote_vBirding in New Brunswickv_quote_v. I recently bought a two-storey, 4-bedroom house on White Head Island, accessible by free ferry from Ingalls Head on the main island of Grand Manan. As well as providing birding assistance to Birdingpal participants, I am now in a position to offer overnight accommodation at a reduced rate on White Head Island where no commercial accommodation exists.
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