Shep - The World's Largest Semi-palmated Sandpiper

Created from a single log, the World's Largest Semi-palmated Sandpiper statue dominates Main Street in the picturesque village of Dorchester.

It is a detailed replica of a Semi-palmated sandpiper. These shorebirds flock to the region in great numbers every summer en route to their South American winter habitat. They come to feed on the plentiful mud shrimp found in Shepody Bay. This incredible statue is called Shep, because Shepody Bay is visible from where Shep stands.

Monty MacMillan of Oromocto created the sculpture, using chainsaws of various sizes. The beak and legs are metal, and the features of the bird have been applied with paint.

Altogether the effect is remarkably lifelike - come and see for yourself. And don’t forget about our annual Sandpiper Festival.