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Nova Scotians give Rare Turtles a home: Barren Meadow Sanctuary Protected!

December 21st, 2016
This holiday season, and for many holidays to come, the rare turtles Wink and Atahualpa and their friends will have a home.

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Thanks to the generous outpouring of support from individuals across the province, the Nova Scotia Nature Trust has secured protection of the Barren Meadow Turtle Sanctuary.

Three weeks ago, the Nature Trust launched a public appeal to help save a critical sanctuary for the endangered Blandingís Turtles. The appeal received an overwhelming response, including several major gifts, and within a week the Nature Trust secured the funds it needed to purchase the property.

The Nature Trust is grateful to all the individuals who stepped up with donations to help protect the sanctuary. Those gifts are generously matched by the Margeurite Hubbard Charitable Foundation and the Nova Scotia Crown Share Land Legacy Trust.

With the funds in place to purchase the land, further donations are being directed to a stewardship endowment fund which is an essential and critical part of the organizationís work. The Nature Trust promises to protect this property forever, and ensuring its ecological integrity requires ongoing monitoring and stewardship.

For those still wishing to be a part of the Barren Meadow success story, charitable donations are welcome. You can donate by giving the Nature Trust a call at 902-425-5263, or visiting www.nsnt.ca/savingturtles.

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