Notes

The items on this page are 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. 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.

The items here are not organized by subject and/or by date of occurrence. They are presented in this page only in the order of publication (i.e., date of publication in this website). 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Sable Island Institute wishes all Sable Island’s personnel, friends, and supporters the very best for a happy and healthy winter 2018-2019.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Many people in Nova Scotia have small collections of Sable Island curios, but much of Herb’s appreciation and joy in his collection is the opportunity to share the items and their stories with visitors.

  • On a clear night Wayne Broomfield set up his tripod and took a series of photos. Later, when he examined the images, he saw a shape like a spinning top glowing in the sky above the Sable Island Station.

  • On summer solstice, samples of ocean water containing millions of microbes were collected from >100 sites worldwide in an international study of marine microbes and their key roles in ocean ecosystems.

  • Leach’s Storm-petrels were first recorded nesting on Sable Island in July 1994. Their vocalizations are now part of the nighttime soundscape of summer as petrels circle and swoop bat-like in the dark.

  • Many dead herons and egrets—Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Cattle Egret, Great Egret, and Great Blue Heron—found during May, were likely part of an unusual mortality event on Sable Island in early spring.

  • 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.

  • The Sable Island Institute and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia program visited Atlantic View Elementary school in Lawrencetown for a fun day of Sable Island-themed art-making.

  • In late January 2018, White Point Beach Resort hosted the 2nd Annual Salute to Sable Island Weekend - a fundraiser for the Sable Island Institute, and a special 'Sable experience' for all.

  • None of us ever know what is around the corner, or what can change our life’s work. In 2007, I was contacted by Red Deer Press about illustrating Free as the Wind: Saving the horses of Sable Island.

  • In summer 2009, between long hours of field work, copying field data and preparing labels, Janet kept a journal of the feelings, sensations, images, and mysteries of her Sable Island experience—poetry.

  • 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.

  • 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.