Charadrius semipalmatus

Over 300 species of birds have been sighted on Sable, but only 12 kinds breed there regularly. Semi-palmated plovers are plentiful during spring and fall migrations. A few pairs stop to breed on the island.

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Lasiurus borealis

This migrating bat stopped to rest on its way to Central America, but the species cannot live on Sable. Red bats roost only in trees, and there are no trees on Sable Island. Many migrating birds and insects rest on Sable but do not become residents.

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Sable Island Preservation Trust

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Cirsium arvense

You have probably seen seeds like parachutes, blowing in the wind. This adaptation for seed dispersal is so effective that some mainland plants like this thistle have blown to Sable. New seeds wafting in keep them from becoming isolated.

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Sable Island Preservation Trust

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:

  • Describe plant and animal migration by air to Sable Island.

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