This year the spring equinox (also called the vernal equinox) occurred during early evening on March 20th. The first full day of spring for 2019, March 21st, dawned clear and cool on Sable Island.
Beach Monitoring Program, Sable Island, 2019
Shoreline surveys for marine litter, entangled seals, oiled seabirds, tar balls, and beached cetaceans can provide a wealth of information about environmental trends and the impacts of marine pollution.
The Sable Island Institute at Point Pleasant Park
The Gatekeeper’s Lodge was last used as the park superintendent’s residence in 1996. Since spring 2017, the house has been base of operations for the Institute during the first phase of its development.
Sable In Words – A Writing Contest for Youth Ages 12 – 14 Years
The Sable Island Institute invites children living in Nova Scotia to research a Sable Island topic of their choice and write 500-1000 words of creative prose. Entries must be submitted by March 15, 2019.
Salute to Sable Island, January 26-27, 2019
The 3rd Annual Salute to Sable Island, hosted by the White Point Beach Resort, will feature speakers from the Sable Island Institute, Parks Canada, and the arts community, with a focus on the Sable horses.
Winter Solstice, December 21st, 2018
The Sable Island Institute wishes all Sable Island’s personnel, friends, and supporters the very best for a happy and healthy winter 2018-2019.
Birds with Bling – Banding Ipswich Sparrows
To really understand animals, we need to know them as individuals. Bird legs provide a flagpole for coloured bands that can be seen from many metres away and enable researchers to track individual birds.
Fall Colours on Sable Island, September-October 2018
During autumn, the island’s landscape becomes a tapestry of silvery-white, pale yellow, tan, amber, buffy, sienna, orange, red and purple, with the bright greens of juniper and crowberry woven throughout.
Marine Litter Brand Audit, Sable Island, September 2018
Although the island is not as fouled as many other locations, marine debris is abundant, with some plastic containers originating in Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Japan, Malaysia, South Africa, France, and Russia.
Disposal of Hazardous Ordnance on Sable Island in August 2005
An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from Canadian Forces Base Shearwater arrived on Sable Island to dispose of a few years worth of beached, and potentially dangerous, Marine Location Markers (MLMs).