IBA identifies the Southern Bight Minas Basin and Cobequid Bay as areas of Global significance for Birds.
Important Bird Areas of Canada (IBA, http://www.ibacanada.com/) is part of an international conservation initiative co-ordinated by BirdLife International. Canadian Co-partners are Bird Studies Canada and Nature Canada. they have designated 2 areas in Minas Basin as follows:
Cobequid Bay is Globally Significant for Congregatory Species, Shorebird Concentrations and Continentally Significant for Congregatory Species.CobequidBayNS IBA
Southern Bight in Minus Basin is Globally Significant for Congregatory Species, Shorebird ConcentrationsMinas Basin IBA