The Friends of Sable Island Society originated in 1997 as a grass-roots response to Environment Canada’s announcement that it was closing the main station on Sable Island. The Sable Island Preservation Trust was incorporated as a non-profit organization in December 1998 by founding members who believed that a continuous human presence was essential for the long-term preservation of Sable Island.
As Sable Trust, we managed the island’s main station and continued the weather and other research and monitoring programs while exploring various long-term solutions and options for sustainable funding. More information on this time in our history is available at Sable Island Preservation Trust – The Story. This stage ended in 2010 with the welcome announcement that Sable Island would become a National Park, securing sustainable funding for the long-term human presence and management by a willing and able arm of the Canadian government.
Now as the Friends of Sable Island Society we continue to protect this special place. We encourage learning and education about what makes Sable Island significant through our annual scholarship, public presentations, and partnerships with other like-minded organizations. We promote research primarily by hosting a Sable Island conference every two years where researchers can present their work and build collaborations with others across disciplines. We preserve its history by collecting untold stories from people who have been there, and by digitizing the archived records of the superintendents of Sable Island from 1801-1960. We maintain a world-wide community of those who are passionate about this special place through regular updates, giving them a voice and means of action to help protect and preserve Sable Island for generations to come. And we work closely with Parks Canada to champion the Sable Island National Park Reserve and advocate for Sable Island and all its mysteries and mystique.
The Friends of Sable Island Society invites you to act on your interest in the island and join us as a member to help protect and preserve Sable Island for generations to come. As a valued member you will:
- be supporting the Friend’s programs such as our annual scholarship, website, and conferences;
- have opportunities to contribute to Sable Island as a volunteer or participant in activities;
- receive notice of special events and an annual newsletter; and,
- have voting privileges at our Annual General Meeting and be eligible to be nominated and elected to serve on the Board of Directors.
There are two membership options available: an annual membership for $20 and a lifetime membership for $100. Please also consider a gift membership for your friends and family or a one-time donation.
Your support for Sable Island is greatly appreciated, and we hope that you’ll join us as a ‘Friend’ to help shape its future.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Sable Island Conference
Sable Island is a unique place that captures the hearts and imaginations of people who have heard of this sandbar in the Atlantic Ocean with its wild horses and so many shipwrecks that it’s earned the nickname “Graveyard of the Atlantic”. Some have turned their interest into research on the many species of animals, birds, insects and plants found on the island. Others have focused on its physical attributes or the rich history of human presence on the Island. Still others have been inspired to share their personal experiences of it through art and story-telling.
Our semi-annual conference welcomes everyone who wishes to share their research and stories about this fascinating place, and those who want to learn more about it. We hope that by promoting the sharing of experiences and knowledge about the Island we will create links among people and ideas that will be useful for the conservation and sustainable management of our treasured island. Many of the presentations are made available online so that those unable to attend in person can also learn more about Sable Island.
Our primary mandate is to protect Sable Island through education. One of the ways we promote learning about the Island is through our scholarship program.
Each year students in grade 12 are asked to research a topic about the Island and submit a project based on their research. Past submissions have ranged from original works of art such as drawings, water colours, posters and carvings to poems, short stories, and songs through to more science-based presentations, essays and stop-motion videos.
Check out our past winners and keep an eye out during the winter for this year’s competition.
Meet the Board
Special offer in celebration of the many contributions by Ian A. McLaren to the Sable Island knowledge-base – two books at no cost plus $5 shipping and handling in Canada, $20 to the US. Included: “The Ipswich Sparrow” by W.T. Stobo and Ian A. McLaren, published in 1975 by the Nova Scotian Institute of Science; and “The Birds of Sable Island, Nova Scotia” by Ian A. McLaren, published in 1981 by the Nova Scotian Institute of Science.
Special section of the “Proceedings of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science Volume 48, Part 2 – 2016” – seven research papers presented at the 2015 conference.
Friends of Sable Island Society
We changed our name to Friends of Sable Island Society to reflect our new mandate after the announcement in 2010 that Sable Island would become a National Park.