Celebrating a Historic Year in Conservation
26 Jun 2019
What a year – 2019 has been the most exciting and successful year for conversation achievements in the Nature Trust's 25 year history! Thanks to the faithful support of our incredible donors, volunteers, landowners and conservation partners, we were able to leverage over $5 million to protect 3,200 acres of high-priority conservation lands across the province in less than six months through our historic Lasting Landscapes campaign. Find out more by reading our 2018/2019 Gratitude Report and watch a short video highlighting the awe-inspiring beauty of these new conservation lands.
A glimpse into the secret life of seabirds – Bon Portage Island stewardship excursion
20 Jun 2019
Certain seabirds can lead very mysterious lives – there are many species that spend the majority of time out at sea, only coming to land to nest. When they do come to land, it is typically on remote islands that are largely inaccessible to people. Over June 7-9, on a special weekend-long excursion to Bon Portage Island for our Connecting with Nature series of events, we were able to offer volunteers an opportunity to get a glimpse into the secret life of one species of seabird in particular—Leach’s Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa).
Big Win For Biodiversity on the St. Mary’s — Welcome News Amidst Growing Global Crisis
24 May 2019
There is more good news for nature in Nova Scotia today. We are celebrating four new conservation sites on the St. Mary’s River in honour of both the International Day for Biological Diversity and World Turtle Day. The new conservation sites extend the ecologically rich corridor of protected lands to over 1300 acres and 21 kilometres of river shoreline, encompassing unique old growth forests, intact floodplains, and endangered wildlife.
Introducing “Connecting With Nature” Partner: Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline
14 May 2019
“We work hard to be a good neighbour,” says Connecting With Nature partner Steve Rankin of Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline. One of three 2019 lead sponsors, energy company returns for fourth straight year to support one of the Nature Trust’s signature events.
Sanctuary for endangered reptiles expanded through Lasting Landscapes—the first of 17 new conservation sites celebrated!
06 May 2019
Nova Scotia’s most endangered reptiles will emerge from hibernation knowing more of their critical habitat has been safeguarded. That is because a 93-acre property in Barren Meadow, near the community of Colpton, Lunenburg County, has been permanently protected by the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, protecting essential habitat for provincially and federally threatened Eastern Ribbonsnakes and endangered Blanding’s Turtles. This is the first of 17 new conservation sites celebrated that were protected through the Lasting Landscapes campaign.
Connecting with Nature event series invites nature lovers to celebrate the great outdoors
30 Apr 2019
We are excited to announce our 2019 Connecting with Nature event series, sponsored by East Coast Credit Union, Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, and Stewart McKelvey. This year offers eight different opportunities to Connect with Nature from guided hikes and kayak trips to stewardship excursions and property celebrations.
Blue Mountain Birch Cove – A long-awaited win for Urban Wilderness
25 Apr 2019
Today an enthusiastic crowd gathered at the Maskwa Aquatic Club on Kearney Lake to hear a long – awaited announcement: through federal support of the Nature Fund, the city of Halifax has acquired 135 hectares of land for Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Regional Park, which add to the existing provincially protected Blue Mountian Birch Cove Wilderness Area.
Canada Invests in Land Trusts to Protect Biodiversity
24 Apr 2019
We, along with partner land trusts across Canada, are celebrating a new federally-funded $100 million program to safeguard biodiversity across Canada. The four-year Natural Heritage Conservation Program (NHCP), announced on April 23 by Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, will help protect more of Canada’s nature, through the power of Canada’s land trusts.
What Stewardship Means to Me
02 Apr 2019
We have had some exciting news recently with new properties as part of our Lasting Landscapes Campaign, but securement is not the culmination of our conservation work, it is the beginning of it. We are committed to stewarding these properties in perpetuity – and with me new in post, it makes sense to take a look at what that entails.
Nature Trust’s Historic Land Campaign to Exceed Ambitious Targets
28 Mar 2019
Our Lasting Landscapes campaign was already on track for historic land conservation achievements. Now, an unexpected $400,000 top-up in matching funds means even greater biodiversity wins can be leveraged for Nova Scotia. But to seize this new opportunity, we need to raise another $100,000, and protect 2 new conservation sites, by April 5, 2019.