Support Science at Owls Head Provincial Park

Marine biologist Dr. Kristina Boerder has launched a Go-Fund-Me campaign to fund important scientific research at Owls Head Provincial Park. If you can’t afford to make a donation, check out other ways to take action, here.

Donate Here

Please help us with this important research at Owls Head Provincial Park! Your contribution will cover essential costs for volunteers during our scientific expeditions, including:

  • Food and water
  • Transportation to and from the Eastern Shore
  • Research equipment rentals, such as snorkeling and diving gear for marine surveys
  • Photography and media support to help document our research and share our results

The findings from our 2021 expeditions will be publicly available so everyone can learn about the conservation value of Owls Head Provincial Park.

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One of the Most Valuable Ecosystems in the World

Despite its incredible benefits to the oceans and to our fisheries, nearly one-third of seagrass worldwide has been lost in the past century alone. Here in Nova Scotia, we have an incredible opportunity to protect it.

Contributed by Dr. Kristina Boerder
June 8, 2021
World Oceans Day

We have a treasure right in front of our doorstep that few people know about — eelgrass beds, a remarkable coastal ecosystem under the waves, just steps off the coast. Very few people know that eelgrass provides critically important ecosystem services, including supporting our fisheries, helping to prevent coastal and beach erosion, and storing carbon. The UN has even declared eelgrass meadows a “secret weapon” in the fight against climate change. Unfortunately, seagrass meadows are also one of the world’s most threatened ecosystems. It is estimated that the world loses up to 2 football fields worth of seagrass each hour. That’s the equivalent of 336 football fields each week.

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Update from Biologist Caitlin Porter

Featured Photo: Broom Crowberry by Megan Timmons

On May 24, the change.org petition surpassed 15,000 signatures. Caitlin Porter, a biologist who has studied the site’s rare plant ecosystem over several years, writes a short message of support.


FIFTEEN THOUSAND. That’s such an impressive number. Also, so impressive how much hard work and expertise is in this group. So many superheroes here.

The amount of volunteer hours going into making this happen is incredible and a testament to how much people care. It’s inspiring to me that so many people care about our shared public lands, protected areas commitments, and biodiversity conservation.

When I wrote to our local representatives last year, I didn’t receive any response to my letters. Organizations with expertise on this issue who wrote in their concerns also did not receive responses. Many people have not received responses from the same politicians who they voted for.

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