Arts, science, news, and an introduction to the Sable Island Institute. This public meeting relaunches the popular series of annual updates held at Saint Mary’s University. Admission is free.
Sable Island Update, October 23rd, 2019
This program of illustrated talks about ecology and research, and the island’s role as an inspiration and subject in the arts, is open to the public. All are welcome, and there is no charge for this event.
MSC’s Aerological Program Ends After 75 Years of Service – WSA Sable Island 1944-2019
The station’s last balloon and radiosonde were launched at 8:15 pm on August 20th 2019. As the balloon went quietly up into the dark on a foggy night, so ended Sable Island’s upper air program.
Roll Clouds of Sable Island
A roll cloud is a rare, and often spectacular, meteorological phenomenon. Since 1976, there have been six reports of roll clouds passing over the island. The most recent was this summer, on July 9th.
Clean up of an old fuel cache at East Light in 2005
On Sable Island, the remains of old stations, communication towers and other activities, discontinued for many decades or longer, are exposed as wind scours sand away from previously buried infrastructure.
Visit Sable Island!
The Sable Island Institute hosted a raffle for a Trip for Two to the Sable Island National Park Reserve in mid-September 2019. The winning ticket was drawn on July 20th.
Sable In Words – Contest Winners, April 2019
All the submissions have been reviewed and the two winners selected. We are encouraged by both the number and quality of entries, and the interest and enthusiasm of everyone who sent in stories and essays.
A Tale of Two Gatehouses
The Institute is presently headquartered in a building with an intriguing history, the Gatekeeper’s Lodge in Point Pleasant Park, built in 1896 and modelled after Wycombe Lodge in Buckinghamshire, England.
An Artist on Sable Island – Roger Savage’s Field Trip, Autumn 2005
Roger works outdoors to capture the spontaneity of nature’s light and shadow. As fog rolls in or clouds blow over the landscape, patterns of light alter and shift, changing colours and reshaping landforms.
Beached on Sable Island, Artifacts with Missing Stories
Occasionally odd and interesting manmade items have washed ashore on Sable Island. The origin and/or purpose of most can be identified, but some are puzzling, such as miniature boats and wooden barrels.