Ron Arvidson wants people to know what might be lost with the highway construction. (Julia Cook/CBC)

An avid birder led a hike on Victoria Day along the path of a planned diversion of the Trans-Canada Highway west of Charlottetown.

Ron Arvidson of South Melville has been an avid bird watcher for more than 20 years, and often treks through the woods in Bonshaw.

"The whole gamut of the environment is going to be affected by the impact of, you know, bulldozing the hills and filling the ravines and that sort of thing," said Arvidson.

Arvidson invited fellow nature lovers to look at the plants and animals that will be affected by this reconstruction. He also asked artists, such as photographers, to come along for the hike to document the area and its inhabitants.

"I just want to make sure that people get to know and realize what's there and what they're going to be missing," he said.

The disruption from the highway could drive many birds away, said Arvidson.

He hopes to display the artwork in a coffeehouse this summer.