The race continues to save 3 rare coastal gems – with your help
16 Sep 2021
The Nature Trust has a rare opportunity to save and protect, forever, three iconic coastal properties that span the province, from the southwest shore to the tip of Cape Breton. With only two weeks to raise the final $200,000 needed to protect and steward all three properties in perpetuity, we're calling on the public to donate today to save some of the best of Nova Scotia’s beloved coast.
Sand Beach, A Coastal Treasure
27 Aug 2021
We're proud to introduce a coastal delight that goes above and beyond its straight-to-the-point name: welcome to Sand Beach, being saved with your support through our campaign to protect Twice the Wild.
Nature Trust saves rare coastal gem at Port La Tour
24 Jun 2021
While Nova Scotians are emerging from pandemic lockdown, some flighty south shore residents are also gathering and celebrating! Just in time for our feathered friends’ return, we're proud to announce that we have saved a spectacular coastal wilderness near Port La Tour on Nova Scotia’s south shore. The 363 acre purchase secures one of the province’s last remaining large and ecologically rich coastal properties, and a significant site for migratory, overwintering and nesting birds.
Plaister Cliffs assemblage grows by 99 acres!
21 May 2021
Our Plaister Cliffs assemblage has grown by 99 acres! This new land along the Bras d’Or in Cape Breton protects globally rare gypsum karst and is the latest achievement in our campaign to protect Twice the Wild by 2023.
Advancing Coastal Island Protection and Stewardship
19 May 2021
With thousands of islands along Nova Scotia’s coast, identifying which islands are in most need of protection and stewardship can be challenging. As part of our commitment to advance island conservation, the Nature Trust has been working with partner organizations to improve our collective understanding of coastal islands, identify priorities for protection, and work towards their collaborative stewardship.
Mary Ann Beaton: Mabou heritage now preserved forever
08 Feb 2021
In 1809 the first white settlers landed in Mabou. Alexander and Finlay Beaton had left Scotland in 1804, landing first in Prince Edward Island before crossing the strait to Cape Breton. These men are likely ancestors of Douglas Beaton who had been deeded a woodlot owned by the family since at least the mid-1800's. His widow Mary Ann recently sold this lot to the Nature Trust to form part of the Mabou Highlands Conservation Area.
MapleCross: Investing in Canada’s Natural Heritage
27 Jan 2021
Thanks to the inspiring investment of an exciting new conservation partner, the Nature Trust was able to protect, forever, the ecological gem called Spectacle Island. While Isobel Ralston and Jan Oudenes, founders of the Ontario-based MapleCross fund, have invested significantly in numerous land trust projects all across Canada in the last three years, Spectacle Island is their first project in Nova Scotia and brings a new source of funding for urgent land conservation efforts here.
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.