Today, we are sharing in-depth excerpts from the Report on the Ecological Importance of Owls Head Crown land. Dr. Jeremy Lundholm, PhD, and Caitlin Porter, MSc, voluntarily provided this information to the court and have subsequently given us permission to share it online. You can find their unabridged report at the bottom of this page. If you’d prefer, you can read the post of their conclusions instead.
Continue reading “Report on the Ecological Importance of Owls Head Crown land: More Findings”
We are sharing excerpts from the “Report on the Ecological Importance of Owls Head Crown land” with the permission of its authors, Dr. Jeremy Lundholm, PhD, and Caitlin Porter, MSc. You can find their unabridged report at the bottom of this page, should you wish to read it in full.
Continue reading “Report on the Ecological Importance of Owls Head Crown land: Conclusions”
Thank you to biologists Caitlin Porter and Dr. Jeremy Lundholm for sharing photos and videos from their fieldwork at Owls Head Provincial Park.
Continue reading “Gallery: Field Work at Owls Head Park”
Office of the Premier
7th Floor, One Government Place
1700 Granville Street
March 10, 2020
Dear Premier Stephen McNeil:
Owls Head is an ecologically significant area along the Eastern Shore that is deserving of legal protection. It contains a number of rare ecosystem types, as well as important habitat for migratory birds and species-at-risk. It is a key headland within the “100 wild islands” ecosystem.
Continue reading “Save Owls Head Joint Letter”
February 5, 2020
Dear Mr. MacKay,
I am writing to you as my elected representative to express my concern about the proposed sale of Owls Head.
Although this is not in your riding, this is a watershed moment for Nova Scotia and citizens in all Nova Scotia ridings. Sale of this land would set a terrible precedent. Destruction of this land would be irreparable.
Continue reading “Letter: Watershed Moment”
Caitlin Porter, MSc, Research Associate
Jeremy Lundholm, PhD, Professor & Department Chair
Ecology of Plants in Communities Lab
Saint Mary’s University
To the Honourable Labi Kousoulis,
We are biologists and environmental scientists writing to express our concern with the potential development of the proposed Owls Head Provincial Park Reserve.
Over the past 15 years, the Ecology of Plants in Communities lab at Saint Mary’s University has worked with collaborating NGO and NS provincial government partners to describe and classify heathland ecosystems across Nova Scotia. We have included the proposed Owls Head Provincial Park Reserve in our field surveys. Our years of data reveal that Owls Head is ecologically unique and of importance to biodiversity conservation.
Continue reading “Letter to MLA from Concerned Scientists”