Thank you to biologists Caitlin Porter and Dr. Jeremy Lundholm for sharing photos and videos from their fieldwork at Owls Head Provincial Park.
For 15 years, scientists from St. Mary’s University (Ecology of Plants in Communities Lab) have been studying the park’s ecology, including a “globally rare” Broom Crowberry (Corema conradii) plant community. Click the photos to enlarge.
“Broom Crowberry is endemic to northeastern North America, meaning this species can be found nowhere else in the world. In Canada, this plant only occurs within the Maritime Provinces and Quebec and within that limited range, Broom Crowberry is only common in Nova Scotia. If our province does not make an effort to protect this species, there will be no other opportunity elsewhere to protect it.”Biologists Caitlin Porter & Dr. Jeremy Lundholm
Aerial footage of Owls Head Park by Caitlin Porter. Captured on November 14, 2019.
“Our years of data reveal that Owls Head is ecologically unique and of importance to biodiversity conservation,” wrote Porter and Lundholm in their letter on the importance of saving Owls Head Park. You can read their letter in its entirety, here.
Read the Report on the Ecological Importance of Owls Head Crown land by Jeremy Lundholm, PhD, and Caitlin Porter, MSc.