"Shifting Sands"

Sable Island Conference 2019

Saturday, November 9, 2019

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The conference is dedicated to Sable Island National Park Reserve (NPR) and the marine environment that surrounds and maintains the Island. This is the third in a series of conferences related to the appreciation and management of this surprising sandbar in the north Atlantic Ocean. The conference is open to all topics related to Sable Island NPR, Sable Island Bank, and Sable Gully. The main themes will be: natural history/science, cultural history, visitor experience, and park management. The conference closer event will be an exciting gala dinner and fund-raiser celebrating the spirit of Sable Island.

Conference Program:

Saturday morning and afternoon will include: formal presentations of up to 15 minutes each plus time for questions and answers, grouped by theme; poster presentations; interactive activity stations; and artist exhibits. Information on confirmed presentations will be displayed below as it becomes available. Check back frequently for updates.

Call for Sponsors:

We have several levels of sponsorship available. If you would like to sponsor the conference or help with fundraising, please contact us at

Call for Volunteers:

We’re also looking for volunteers to help with the planning activities leading up the conference, and for the day of the conference. Volunteers receive a complimentary pass to the conference. If interested, e-mail (please state “Conference Support” in the subject line) and tell us how you would like to help.

Ticket info:  

Tickets include lunch and refreshments in the morning.

Early Bird Registration (until Oct. 8): $40 for students and members of Friends of Sable Island; $50 for all others

General Registration (after Oct. 8): $50 for students and members of Friends of Sable Island; $60 for all others


Gala Dinner and Celebration

Saturday, November 9, 2019

6:00 - 10:00 PM

Saturday evening we will raise support and funding for our goal of having every Nova Scotian child learn about Sable Island in school.

Master of Ceremonies: Don Connolly – retired host of Information Morning Nova Scotia

Guest Speaker: Roberto Dutesco – internationally acclaimed artist, photographer, filmmaker, poet and explorer.

Musician: Terry Kelly (with a youth choir) – an award-winning singer, songwriter, and entertainer; a professional speaker; and a lover of life.

And very special guest Mayor Mike Savage.

The menu for dinner is:

Salad: Applewood House Smoked Chicken Breast with Valley Apple, Sundried Cranberries, Orange Segment and Candied Walnut

Entree: Soy Maple Salmon with Sweet and Baby Potatoes served with Lemon Grass Sauce

Dessert: Trio of: Dark Chocolate Crémeux, Seafoam Lavender Farm Madeleine, Limoncello Cheesecake Tartlet, Lemon Curd

Cash Bar

For more information on this very special evening visit A Night to go Wild.

Ticket Info:

Individual Tickets: $125

Corporate Table of 10: $2000 (includes commemorative gift)


Sable Island Conference 2019 Abstracts