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New Brunswick shorebird conservationist Mary Majka dies at age of 90

FREDERICTON - New Brunswick conservationist Mary Majka, who fought to preserve shorebird sanctuaries along the upper Bay of Fundy coast, has died.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada says Majka died Wednesday morning at the age of 90.

The national conservation group says Majka played a key role in preserving the Mary's Point bird sanctuary between Fundy National Park and Riverside Albert, N.B.

The area is famed as a site where millions of shorebirds swirl through the skies above coastal beaches.

The conservancy estimates that about 75 per cent of the world's population of semipalmated sandpipers stops along the upper Bay of Fundy to feed and rest during migrations.

Majka also entrusted lands to the organization to be used for wildlife and bird sanctuaries.

She was recognized for her involvement in environmental causes and activities over four decades when she received the inaugural New Brunswick Lieutenant Governor's Award of Excellence in land conservation in 2012.

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