Middle Island: The Final Piece to Secure an Entire Archipelago
10 Mar 2022
We're proud to announce that, with your support of our campaign to protect our coastal legacy, the Nature Trust has secured Middle Island, the final island in an archipelago now fully protected by the Nature Trust and other conservation partners.
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 364 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.
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.
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.
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.