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You might be eligible for a free shoreline makeover!
Do you live on the shorelines of Sherbrooke Lake, Fox Point Lake, or Lake Torment?
Is your shoreline lacking vegetation and suffering from erosion, compaction, or beach loss?
Then we’ve got a win-win proposition for you!
We want to give your shoreline a free landscaping makeover. We’ll work with you to select native plants that won’t obstruct your view or restrict your lake access. If beavers or deer are an issue on your property, we’ll protect your new plants. You can grab a shovel and join, or sit back and watch our Watersheds & Water Quality Team do the work!
How does this help us? Lakes in our region are increasingly suffering from algal blooms and other water quality problems. One of the best ways to protect lake health is to maintain a vegetated shoreline. Pollutants like fertilizer nutrients and bacteria are slowed, filtered, and absorbed by a well-vegetated shoreline.
This work is part of our Stewards for Freshwater: Restoring and Protecting Freshwater Ecosystems project, which is funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada’s EcoAction Program.
If you live on one of our target lakes, reach out to Kaylee MacLeod to set up a site visit today. If you know someone on these lakes, please share this opportunity with them!
Act fast, we’re looking for the four properties that could benefit the most from a vegetated buffer!
Yes, we DO want to hear about the salamander on the road that one time. There’s a webinar for that.
Amphibians and reptiles are among the most threatened species on Earth. Here in Nova Scotia, we have four reptiles listed under our Endangered Species Act.
Have you ever come across a snake, frog, turtle, or salamander and wondered what species it is? If it’s common or rare? If you should let someone know about it?
Great news, it’s never been easier to identify a species or submit your sighting to the people working to save these species! The only tool you need is in your pocket right now.
Join us online on May 4th at 7 pm when we team up with the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) to showcase the Nova Scotia Herp Atlas. This citizen science project, led by MTRI and hosted on the iNaturalist App, is tracking the distributions of Nova Scotia’s 12 reptile and 13 amphibian species.
Citizen scientists of all ages and abilities will learn how to identify these species, how to report them, and how that information helps to support their conservation.
Exploring the pathways and impacts of microplastics from freshwater to the ocean
Did you know that microplastics are being collected and studied across the Maritimes? This growing body of research in our region needs to be compiled and shared with the public.
The University of New Brunswick is leading a collaborative network of partners to explore how microplastics move from freshwater to the coast. A database, focused on the Wolastoq / Saint John River Watershed, is being developed to collect and analyze microplastic data from water, sediment, and aquatic organisms.
This database will help us explore the pathways and impacts of plastics from the river’s headwaters to the coastal waters of the Bay of Fundy.
We hope you’ll follow along as we learn more about the impact microplastics have on our culturally and ecologically important species in the Maritimes! This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada.
To learn more and see who is involved in this great initiative, check out the press release!
When you donate to Coastal Action, you’re helping to conserve the species and ecosystems that make southwest Nova Scotia such a special place, as well as supporting our environmental education and outreach efforts. Over 95% of all donations go directly towards our environmental programming.