Stewardship at Carters Beach and more!

Happy Friday Folks,

Jamiel here with another edition of our Friday Field Notes, let’s get right into it!

On Wednesday we headed to Carters Beach to host another installment of our Wild Wednesday event. Kaitlyn created an ‘idea catcher’ which was a great tool to get participants thinking about what actions they could take to improve and protect Carters Beach for future generation. We handed out brochures and spoke to many beach goers, asking for their input and suggestions on ways to help maintain the beauty of the site. Questions ranged from “what do you think makes Carters so special?” to “what can you do to be a responsible beach visitor?”. My favourite answer was "Three for the Sea", an idea that everyone should pick up three pieces of garbages when visiting a beach. 

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 Dirk taking a stroll down the beach

Dirk taking a stroll down the beach

This week we welcomed back Morgan Rice and her research partner Iain Wilson. They were collecting data on vegetation communities and structure diversity of forested-wetlands throughout Atlantic Canada as part of a 3-year research project. Funded by the Atlantic Ecosystem Initiative, they hope to help in the development of strategies to mitigate anthropogenic impacts and to preserve the ecosystem services provided by forested wetlands in Atlantic Canada.

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Unrealistic fear of sharks? Me too.

Hilton is a 12.5-foot, 1326-pound Great White Shark that has been cruising off our coast, snacking on seals along the way. He made his first appearance along Nova Scotia’s south shore back in August of 2017. You can track Hiltons movement on this website, he must surface long enough for the satellite to pick him up and read his location. His Twitter is a good laugh too, check it out.

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 Not far from us 

Not far from us 

Join Sue Penney and our team on Wednesday for an educational walk at Thomas Raddall Provincial Park. As part of our Wild Wednesday series, this week’s topic is “A Wild Walk on Coastal Ecology”. Participants will learn about local rocks, lichens, mosses, trees, shrubbery, tidal pool life, and more. Don’t miss out!

Next Tuesday we will be hosting another installment of our Never-2-Old workshop. This workshop, led by Yvonne Sovereign, introduces participants to the wonderful art of weaving with discarded and reclaimed fishing nets. Attendees can create small take-home projects and there will be a complementary lunch at noon. For more information on scheduling and registration, click here.

We will also be hosting a Chainsaw Use & Safety workshop here at the HLC over the weekend of August 17th. We still have spaces to fill, so if you or anyone you know would like to participate click here for more information.

That’s all for this edition of our Friday Field Notes, enjoy your weekends.