Judy Robertson and Daughters: Future Focused Guardians of the Land
12 Sep 2019
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” This quote, attributed to a First Nations leader, highlights a fundamental principle for Judy Robertson. She tries to embody this approach to life for her daughters’ sake, and now they are young adults, shares this mindset with them. Long-time supporter and Board Member Judy Robertson and her daughters Stephanie and Marine have elected to support the Nature Trust as Guardians of the Land. This is their story.
A wondrous win for birds – Seal Island protected
17 Aug 2019
We’ve got good news for birds and bird lovers. On Friday August 16, we officially announced the protection of 650 acres on Seal Island. Located off the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia, the island is one of the region’s most important sites for migratory birds. Seal Island is renowned for its vast numbers of birds, variety of species and rarities. Its protection is welcome news amidst plummeting migratory bird populations across the planet.
Much more than seals – Chronicles of a baseline survey on Seal Island
15 Aug 2019
The Nature Trust acquired 80% of Seal Island as part of our Lasting Landscapes campaign this year. But acquisition is only the first step. During the month of August, three Nature Trust staff members, one summer student and two volunteers traveled to Seal Island to take the next important step in the conservation of this wondrous foggy isle.
Coastal Islands – an important intersection of bird and biodiversity conservation
07 Aug 2019
Islands throughout the world are known for supporting a vast percentage of global biodiversity, yet they are isolated and fragile ecosystems threatened by a variety of pressures like development and invasive species. In Nova Scotia, we have a shoreline that is studded with islands of all shapes and at varying distances from the mainland. Read more about these unique ecosystems in this piece by our Conservation Project Coordinator for Southwest Nova, Jessica Bradford.
The Magical Mabou Highlands: Celebrating a major coastal conservation win in Cape Breton
30 Jul 2019
The last weekend of July was a magical one as we announced an exciting new protected area in Mabou that encompasses 2000 acres of coastal wilderness in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Attached to the Land: Richmond Campbell and Susan Sherwin
22 Jul 2019
Meet two of our Guardians of Land donors, Susan Sherwin and Richmond Campbell! "The Nature Trust has shown they have the ability to make things happen, and that is really important to us because they are working in our backyard." - Sherwin
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.