Sable Island Institute

The Sable Island Institute’s mission is to support and promote the protection and conservation of the natural and cultural values of Sable Island through research, collaboration, and education. The Institute is a multidisciplinary not-for-profit organization based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Sable Island is an isolated and unique landform located far off the east coast of Canada—the nearest landfall is 156 km away. Surrounded by the waters of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean, the Island is exposed to winds, storms, waves and swell coming from every direction. It is home to a population of wild horses, and supports colonies of breeding seals and nesting seabirds. Throughout the year there are four to five people working and living on the island. The human population increases periodically with the arrival of researchers, artists, and other visitors. In 2013, the island was designated as the Sable Island National Park Reserve.
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Welcome to Our Website

This website is in development. It has the benefit of an enthusiastic group of contributors who are sharing memoirs, personal perspectives, and images. As this site develops, featured articles, reviews and posts will present resources and information on the island’s natural history, research and monitoring programs, arts and culture, management and operations, community, visitors, and general goings-on. In addition to new content, some items from the Green Horse Society’s website are being updated and moved into the Institute’s site.

We thank the Halifax Regional Municipality for funding (through a Program Grant in the Cultural Communities Sector), and the Friends of the Green Horse Society for funding and expertise, in support of our website project. The Institute’s logo was designed by Rand Gaynor, Halifax.

Featured

  • A winter on Sable Island, working with the Meteorological Service for 3.5 months, from November 2015 to February 2016. The wind seems constant. You wouldn’t think sand moving over sand could be that noisy.

  • Three watercolour paintings by 12-year-old Laurie illustrate features of the island’s landscape and wildlife, expressing a sense of the energy of sand dunes, waves, grey seals, ponds and horses.

  • It was too good an opportunity to pass up! One Ocean Tours was advertising an adventure excursion around the Gulf of St Lawrence, but the highlight for us was the opportunity for a trip to Sable Island.

  • The Institute is expanding an outreach program for young people living in Nova Scotia. Youth in two age groups – 12-14 and 15-17 years - are invited to research and write about Sable Island. Prizes!

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The four items shown above are only the most recent posts. Many other articles and images, on a wide range of Sable Island topics, are available in the Notes, Connections, PhotoBlog and Memoir pages.

Notes. A collection of updates and reports on Sable-related events and activities, and short accounts about selected features of the island’s natural and human history, operations, and cultural life. (34 items)

Connections. A series of lasting impressions and perspectives shared by people who have experienced Sable Island first-hand or have a distant, but enduring, relationship with the island. (32 items)

PhotoBlogs. Images of Sable Island’s landscape features, flora and fauna, beachcast curiosities, and weather, collected as encountered and presented in chronological order, some with notes. (6 items)

Memoirs. Longer accounts of Sable Island experiences—including those of children who lived on the island while a parent worked for one of the government agencies, and of individuals working with the met service or in research programs. (6 items)

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