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.
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.
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.
International Day of Forests – Celebrating the Floodplain Forest
21 Mar 2019
In celebration of the International Day of Forests, the Nature Trust would like to pay homage to the floodplain forest.
Baddeck River Lands Adds to Our Historic Land Campaign
01 Mar 2019
Baddeck River Conservation Lands protects 130 acres of old growth forests, habitat for endangered wildlife, and ensures the future of a major provincial Wilderness Area in Cape Breton.
Field Notes: Finding Synergies for Species at Risk in Southwest Nova
28 Jan 2019
Southwest Nova Scotia is a hotspot for an array of wildlife and rare species, including many endangered species like Blanding’s Turtle, Eastern Ribbonsnake, Piping Plover, Roseate Tern, a number of Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora, and more. The Nature Trust currently protects and stewards 42 conservation lands in the region—over half of which have been protected specifically for endangered species! There are many different groups working on conservation and stewardship projects to preserve and protect what makes this region so ecologically and culturally significant. This includes a several NGOs, Indigenous groups, community groups, researchers, and different levels of government. To better coordinate and integrate the groups working in this region, the Kespukwitk Conservation Collaborative was created.
Sobey Family Recognized for Land Donation and Leadership in Nature Trust’s St. Mary’s River Campaign
26 Oct 2018
A significant land donation to be made by Paul and Marsha Sobey gave an exciting boost to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust’s campaign to protect the beloved St. Mary’s River.
Purcells Cove Conservation Land gets Corporate Makeover
28 Sep 2018
It poured rain. Everyone was tired. Everyone was sweaty. (You try cutting a fallen birch tree into pieces with a bow saw and not break a sweat.) But none of this dampened the spirits of the 24 Nature’s Way staff who took to the woods with a team from the Nature Trust to get some first-hand experience in stewarding the land.