Sheltering the Tusket Islands
01 Dec 2020
This year, we added two pieces to our growing network of protected island habitat in the Tusket Islands, a chain of islands that is globally significant for bird recovery and conservation. In addition to generous donations from individual and family donors, the Nature Trust was able to leverage significant matching funds offered by governmental and other major funding partners through our Twice the Wild campaign, to ensure that these ecologically irreplaceable lands will be protected - forever.
‘Listening Together’ for coastal island and bird conservation
31 Aug 2020
How do we best care for and monitor isolated, hard to access places like coastal islands? A collaborative, community-based project launched last year is helping us and other conservation partners to answer that question with the use of bioacoustic monitoring technology.
The Tusket Islands Legacy: One Family’s Story
28 Aug 2020
Today, the Nova Scotia Nature Trust is working to create a protected area for migratory, nesting and overwintering birds in the Tusket Islands, a wild and remote archipelago sitting off the southern tip of Nova Scotia. But these islands all have human stories too, which form part of the lore of this region, some ancient, some more modern. Dick Henry recently agreed to sell Peases Island and Spectacle Island to the Nature Trust to ensure their permanent protection. This is his story.
MapleCross Helps Save Spectacle Island Sanctuary for Birds
27 Aug 2020
We're celebrating saving another important sanctuary for birds today with acquisition of Spectacle Island, near Wedgeport (by the province’s southern tip). We're also celebrating an inspiring new investor in Nova Scotia’s natural legacy—the MapleCross fund. MapleCross donated $75,000 to acquire the island, part a group of south shore islands recognized as globally significant for birds.
Peases Island, in Perpetuity
29 Apr 2020
Land Stewardship Assistant, Joanna Skomorowski, reflects on her trip to Peases Island last fall to conduct a baseline survey where she was swept away by the wide-open beauty of this far flung island.
A Homecoming Gift for Birds: Peases Island Saved for Migratory Birds
27 Apr 2020
This year, as birds migrate back north they might be singing a little sweeter because a delightful surprise awaits them: Peases Island, a critical first stop at the end of their long and arduous travels, is now protected, forever.
Seal Island Stewardship: Looking back before we look ahead
25 Sep 2019
As we shift our focus to stewardship planning for the future of the lands on Seal Island, it is a timely opportunity to look back at its past to consider not only its conservation values for birds and biodiversity, but also the cultural and historical importance of this special place.
A Tiny Island Kingdom
19 Sep 2019
Nova Scotia Nature Trust protects and cares for many outstanding properties, but none have quite the quirky history as the Principality of Outer Baldonia.
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. 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.