When whales wash ashore

There is only one population of North Atlantic Right whales left on Earth, and it can be found off our coastline every summer, building the fat stores necessary for a southern winter. Were fate kinder, their skin would be a smooth, dignified black, but sharing these waters with human beings has covered them with unseemly...

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Penguins of the North

A few weeks ago I took to the Bay of Fundy, catching a boat from Grand Manan Island to our oceanic border with the United States. In these hotly contested waters can be found a small stretch of land, Machias Seal Island, protected by the Canadian Wildlife Service as a migratory bird sanctuary for the...

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Tidal permits issued to Jupiter Hydro

The Department of Energy and Mines has issued two marine renewable energy permits to Jupiter Hydro for a tidal electricity project in the Bay of Fundy. “Nova Scotia continues to be a leader in the development of clean, renewable tidal energy,” said Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette. “Having another company test their technology in...

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The Local Climate – Peregrine

In 1955 the last of Nova Scotia’s peeregrine falcons was plucked from its nest on the cliffs of Cape d’Or, probably sold to falconers in the midst of the species’ collapse. We’ve all heard the name peregrine, even if a precious few of us have actually seen one. They’re famous, not only for their formidable...

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Finding a fossil on Pictou Island

The beautiful shores around Pictou County are splendid areas for hiking, exploring and beachcombing. One such area, which I hike many times each summer, is the shore of Pictou Island. On one occasion in 1997 I noticed a strange looking rock in the side of the bank. Upon a closer glance I discovered that I...

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Impacted communities celebrate amid Energy East Pipeline calcellation

TransCanada announced today that it will not move forward with the $15.7B Energy East Pipeline. “This is an enormous win. For the past five year a broad movement of people in frontline communities and across Canada have been working to stop this pipeline” said Stephen Thomas, Energy Campaign coordinator with the Ecology Action Centre. “These...

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Public tours to dinosaur research site

Local residents will be able to travel to a research site along the Bay of Fundy where some of the oldest dinosaur bones in Canada were discovered. Starting today, Aug. 1 until Thursday, Aug. 3, the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro is offering guided beach tours to the site at Wasson Bluff, Cumberland Co., where...

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