A festival of nature

5 May 2011

If you happen to be near the beautiful Codroy Valley region between May 27th and June 5th, be sure to visit the Feather & Folk Festival. Enjoy expertly guided interpretative activities, then relax in the evenings with traditional food and local entertainment.

The Codroy Valley lays claim to some amazing natural areas of environmental importance. One of the highlights of the region is the International Wetland Interpretation Centre in Upper Ferry, near the Grand Codroy Estuary. This area is a 925-hectare wetland – one of the most productive of Newfoundland and Labrador’s few estuarine wetland sites and certainly the province’s most important. In 1987 it was designated a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention.
Moderate Canada Goose populations – up to 3000 during migration – use the estuary annually. Other bird species include the great blue heron, American black duck, American green-winged teal, American wigeon, blue-winged teal, common goldeneye, common merganser, greater scaup, northern pintail, northern shoveler, red-breasted merganser, and the ring-necked duck.

The Grand Codroy Estuary is an ideal destination for birdwatchers, photographers, and naturalists. You can visit the International Wetland Interpretation Centre for birding information, displays of local waterfowl and access to the Wetlands Walking Trail.

The Feather & Folk Festival is a celebration of the region’s incredible nature and its rich culture. For more information on events and locations, visit featherandfolk.ca.