Sable Island Conference 2019
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9am - 3pm
On Saturday November 9th, 2019, the Friends of Sable Island Society presented “Shifting Sands” – a day dedicated to the National Park Reserve (NPR) and the marine environment that surrounds and maintains the Island. This was the third in a series of conferences related to the appreciation and management of this surprising sandbar in the north Atlantic Ocean. The conference was open to all topics related to Sable Island NPR, Sable Island Bank, and Sable Gully and closed with an exciting gala dinner and fund-raiser celebrating the spirit of Sable Island.
The day featured 14 presentations on the themes of natural history/science, cultural history, visitor experience, and park management. Over 55 attendees learned something new about Sable Island during the formal presentations and enjoyed time to mingle with other friends of the island during the refreshment breaks. Feedback via written evaluation forms encouraged ongoing opportunities for open sharing across disciplines to deepen both knowledge and caring for Sable Island.
Sable Island Conference 2019 Abstracts
SI2019-A-1: 15 years of the Gully Marine Protected Area: modernizing one of Canada’s oldest MPAs – Emma Marotte and Catherine Schram
In the past year the Government of Canada has not only surpassed its Marine Conservation Targets of protecting 10% of marine and coastal areas, but
SI2019-A-2: Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink: Freshwater challenges on Sable Island. – Julia Cantelon BSc
Precariously positioned in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean, the sand aquifer underlying Sable Island stores and releases freshwater that supports its unique ecosystem and park operations.
SI2019-A-3: Shifting Sands ’n Bugs: a 60 year tour of shifting sands, plus Sable’s rarest insects! – Dan Kehler
Part I: An overview of a research project aimed at understanding the past, current, and future change of the island. The first phase of this
SI2019-A-4: Examining potential and ideal aquatic biomonitoring protocols for freshwater ponds of Sable Island National Park Reserve – Frederica Jacks, BSc
Sable Island is a remote, sandy island located in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 180km off the eastern coast of mainland Nova Scotia. In 2013, this
A key component of wildlife management is understanding the demographic parameters that drive population size. Determining these parameters for migratory species has important conservation implications.
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SI2019-B-1: “All the Island is a Graveyard”; Archaeological and Historical Aspects of Sable Island National Park Reserve – Charles A. Burke MA
Parks Canada has undertaken several archaeological surveys of in situ archaeological resources on Sable Island National Park Reserve and has documented many sites associated with
Living and working on Sable Island is not for the faint of heart in modern times; can you imagine how it was in the 1850s?
Jill Martin writes with authority about Sable Island. Her family connections to the island served as inspiration for her first novel, Return to Sable (2015)
In 1945, just after VE Day, a 17-year-old Aubrey Dauphinee quit his job at the Halifax Shipyards to work on Sable Island for 14 months.
SI2019-C-1: Adventure of a Lifetime! Why visiting Sable Island by ship is so rewarding – Ree Brennin Houston
Travelling to Sable Island by ship used to be the only way you could get there. Now, with other options, it may be the best
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SI2019-D-1: What’s the plan? Sable Island National Park Reserve Management Plan – Alannah Phillips, BBA, MBA
Parks Canada is pleased to share Sable Island National Park Reserve’s first management plan, which was published in September 2019. The plan was developed with
SI2019-E-1: Emerging groundwater issues on Sable Island and other small islands worldwide – Dalhousie Groundwater Lab
EXHIBIT: Coastal groundwater resources are stressed from changing conditions on land and in the sea. Small islands, like Sable Island, are particularly vulnerable to oceanic