The items on this page are a collection of updates, reports, and notes on Sable-related events and activities, and short accounts about selected features of the island’s natural and human history, operations, and cultural life. Some predate the establishment of the Sable Island National Park Reserve in 2013, and of these a number were previously published in the website of the Friends of the Green Horse Society.
Some of the articles are “news”, while others provide some background details about people, projects, programs and operations both on and off the island—all slices of life and times of Sable Island.
A Sable Island Institute fundraising raffle for seats on a helicopter day-trip to Sable Island in early October 2023.
Sable in Words
5th Annual Writing Contest. Prizes for stories about Sable Island! If you live in Nova Scotia, are 10 – 13 or 14 – 17, and are interested in the island, you could be a winner! Entries due April 14, 2023.
Prizes for creative prose about Sable Island! If you live in Nova Scotia, are 10 to 13 or 14 to 17, and are interested in the island, you could be a winner! Entries due by April 15, 2022.
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.
On June 20th (Wednesday) 6:30-8:30 pm, Argyle Fine Art will host a free talk with artist Briana Corr Scott and marine biologist Nell den Heyer about their experiences in art and science on Sable Island.
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.
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).
In late October 2012, after an 18-hour sail from Country Harbour, Nova Scotia, the Dominion Victory and a barge loaded with equipment and supplies arrived at Sable Island to begin a sealift.
In a study of life stages and survival, researchers are banding sparrows on Sable Island and on the Delmarva Peninsula with combinations of coloured plastic leg bands that identify individual birds.
Sable Island Institute
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.
I imagined it as it was when we lived here: the beacon slowly turning, grey wooden swings, clothes flapping on lines, chickens in the yard, and adults busy with chores while children played in the sand.
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.
The visitor experience was well organized, and Adventure Canada staff were quick to help people have a great time. For many it was the trip of a lifetime, “a lifelong dream” fulfilled.
Seasons & Weather
Since I was on the island when the national parks were closed, I was able to stay and continue work on some of the Institute’s projects. For the island itself, it has been a mostly normal spring so far.
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.
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.