While the island’s history, flora and fauna, operations and management have been featured in many hundreds of scientific papers and news items, Sable Island also turns up unexpectedly, in a story within a story, or as a fleeting mention in non-fiction and fiction about subjects that seem to be entirely unrelated. Here, bibliographic details are provided for a wide range of materials—historical and contemporary newspaper reports and magazine articles, works of fiction, books of photography, poetry, and research publications, and also for some of the odd notes and mentions. Bibliography…
Ecology Action Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
For over a decade the Ecology Action Centre worked with the Friends of the Green Horse Society to ensure that the Sable Island station would continue to provide the essential year-round human presence on the island. The EAC’s commitment and expertise greatly contributed to the success of that effort. However, beyond Sable Island, the EAC is engaged on many fronts, working effectively at all levels—local, regional, national—to build a healthier and more sustainable world.
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Nova Scotia Chapter
CPAWS Nova Scotia is a leader in efforts to protect the province’s ecological diversity, and has had a significant role in the conservation of some of Nova Scotia’s exceptional wilderness areas and important marine ecosystems—including Sable Island. Like the EAC, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is a grassroots organization that works in collaboration with stakeholders, and uses science, education, and advocacy to address issues of concern.
Sable Island National Park Reserve, Parks Canada
The Parks Canada website provides information about Sable Island’s natural and cultural history, and about park establishment, management, operations and research. The site also offers guidance regarding how to arrange and prepare for a visit to the Sable Island National Park Reserve (SINPR), with useful details about modes of travel and visitor safety. The page “Protecting Sable Island” explains how visitors can avoid causing damage or disturbance while they are on the island.
The Ipswich Sparrow Project
Ipswich Sparrows breed almost exclusively on Sable Island, but they winter in the narrow strip of dunes along the east coast south to Georgia. A study, led by Acadia University, is using radio tags and receiving stations set up all along the East Coast, to track the sparrows’ migration between their wintering grounds and the island. Citizen science is an important component of the project.