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.
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.
La Grande Île—New Conservation Lands a Double Win for Conservation
20 Jun 2018
We are delighted to announce new Nature Trust conservation lands, protecting a nationally imperilled plant species found nowhere else in Canada. The Digby County property, generously donated by Mary Guptill and Delbé Comeau, is one of only two protected habitats for Sweet Pepperbush in Canada. The announcement marks a significant step towards recovery for this threatened species.
Nature Trust Announces New Freshwater Refuge for Wildlife
21 Apr 2017
In celebration of Earth Day, the Nova Scotia Nature Trust announced new conservation lands on Hog Lake in Queen’s County, Nova Scotia. The property was generously donated to the Nature Trust to protect important freshwater habitats and associated wildlife, including three species on Canada’s endangered species list.
Help Give Rare Turtles a Home for the Holidays
24 Nov 2016
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust announced today a campaign to save a critical natural sanctuary for highly endangered Blanding’s Turtles.
Wilson’s Lake : Rare Plant Site Protected Forever
15 Aug 2015
Nova Scotia Nature Trust acquires land in Yarmouth County critical to the survival of four nationally endangered plants. The Nature Trust purchased 122 hectares around Wilson's Lake, including 2.5 km of intact shoreline, critical for the Pink Coreopsis, Plymouth Gentian, Water Pennywort and Longs Bulrush. This property has been a top priority for protection since the discovery decades ago of these rare and unique plants.