Volunteers of the Month: Property Guardians Ingrid and Burkhard Plache
27 Dec 2020
This month we are honouring Property Guardians Ingrid & Burkhard Plache. Giving their time and many talents to the Nature Trust has given Ingrid and Burkhard the opportunity to connect with the natural world in the most unique way, while also protecting the land they cherish.
Volunteer of the Month: Property Guardian Donald Allan
01 Dec 2020
Meet our latest Volunteer of the month, one of our faithful Property Guardians, Donald Allan. Originally from downtown Toronto, Donald was drawn to Nova Scotia’s clean, fresh air, the beauty of the forests, and the thousands of kilometres of beautiful, natural shoreline. On his volunteering, Donald comments, “It is rewarding to think that each small effort contributes to the marvellous work that the Nature Trust does in preserving and protecting these natural habitats for future generations.” Read the full story including his unexpected experience balancing a tire on his kayak...
Jess Wentzell : It’s not work if you’re having fun!
03 Jul 2020
Jess Wentzell tells us how she turned her hobby into a great volunteer role as a Property Guardian for our Medway River Conservation Lands. Now she can go have fun on the water and not feel guilty about all those household chores still waiting to be done!
Dave & Seely Alder – Wilderness Enthusiasts and Property Guardians
24 Jun 2020
Dave and Seely Alder share a passion for the outdoors; a passion they have combined with their desire to support the Nature Trust as volunteer Property Guardians. The property they look after is not the most accessible, but that does not deter this adventurous couple; they have hiked, biked, kayaked and flown across the landscape!
Roy Parker : Enjoying an active retirement as a Property Guardian
28 May 2020
Roy Parker loves nothing more than spending time on the river. With a 34 year career as an Environmental Biologist with Environment Canada under his belt, you'd agree he has earned that leisure time. But, keen to give back and help protect our natural heritage, Roy decided to volunteer as a Property Guardian for our Tangier River Conservation Lands. His passion for nature shines through in his words, as he describes his almost paternalistic love for this property.
Alix d’Entremont : Property Guardian & Bird’s Eye View Volunteer
23 Apr 2020
Alix d'Entremont is able to combine his passions for boating and birding as a volunteer with the Nova Scotia Nature Trust. Read his story here.
Volunteer All-Stars Richard & Grace: Helping conserve nature one clean basement at a time
23 Mar 2020
With a lifetime spent in the health sciences field, Richard and Grace Beazley knew they wanted an active retirement—doing something healthy and physical in the outdoors. That decision, made almost 20 years ago, opened doors and opportunities they might never have expected.
Stewardship in Action: Barren Meadow Garbage Blitz
26 Nov 2019
Stewardship in action very often involves tasks that are simple to list: Remove invasive species. Clean up a dump. Plant new trees. Protect threatened species. But put into practice, the work can be repetitive and demanding. Read more about a clean-up effort at our Barren Meadow Conservation Lands.
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.
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.