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Four breeding age female Eastern Painted Turtles were deliberately run over near Marsh Lake

One of the special attributes of Sandy Lake & Environs is the presence of three of Nova Scotia’s four freshwater and land turtles – the Eastern Painted Turtle, the Wood Turtle and the Common Snapping Turtle (the 4th, Blanding’s Turtle, … Continue reading

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White Perch caught in Sandy Lake

I am familiar with Yellow Perch from fishing days as a kid, but not white perch (Morone americana). A few days ago I received an e-mail with this pic showing a White Perch caught in Sandy Lake in June 2020, … Continue reading

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‘Heard a Mink Frog’s wooden “cut, cut, cut” lately?

There has been an interesting discussion on the NatureNS listserv (reported publicly on Nova Scotia Bird News by Date) about Mink Frogs. It was initiated by this post (bolding inserted) by N.D. on June 15, 2020: Heard a new (for … Continue reading

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New report on Avian & Species at Risk Surveys identifies key habitat & wildlife corridors on lands by Sandy Lake under development pressure

In March 2020, the Natural Wonders Consulting Firm (NWCF) submitted their report on Avian & Species at Risk Surveys of the proposed Sandy Lake – Sackville River Regional Park to the Sandy Lake Conservation Association. On May 1, 2020, the … Continue reading

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Tales of Gaspereau and Loons in Sandy Lake

I recently received this story from a Sandy Lake enthusiast… “Yesterday at the lake I was sitting by the shore looking around when two big loons hunting along the ledge pulled up right in front of me about 12′ away. … Continue reading

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Now we can enjoy spring in the forests of Sandy Lake & Environs

Icelanders started a bit of a trend with their urging people to hug trees to overcome isolation during our days of Covid-19. We’re still under Covid-19 distancing rules in NS, but as of May 1, 2020, we can again visit … Continue reading

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The case for Sandy Lake-Sackville River Regional Park goes to Halifax RP+10

The Halifax Regional Municipal Planning Strategy or the “Regional Plan” (RP), in a nutshell, “guides future development in the HRM and outlines how sustainable growth should take place.” View HRM Page for the Regional Plan The first Regional Plan for … Continue reading

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Earth Day Webinar with EAC will highlight Sandy Lake & Environs, amongst other wild areas in Halifax

It will stream live on Facebook on Wed. April 22, 2020 from 1pm to 3pm UPDATE Apr 23, 2020: The webinar (minus the first 10 min) is archived on the EAC Facebook Page ———– Message just received: EAC is hosting … Continue reading

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City Nature Challenge 2020 Fri Apr 24 to Mon Apr 27

View iNaturalist page:  City Nature Challenge 2020: The Maritimes Umbrella Project “Five areas from around the Maritimes have been registered to participate: HRM, the Valley, CBRM, Saint John and Westmorland County, NB. Each of these areas has its own CNC iNat … Continue reading

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Sandy Lake Beach Park, Jack Lake Regional Park closed to restrict spread of COVID-19

Clarifying words from the Premier about accessing trails. If you have to drive to a trail – don’t. If you can walk to a trail – get your boots on.

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