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Saving Turtles

Photo: Brennan Caverhill

Nova Scotians give Rare Turtles a home: Barren Meadow Sanctuary Protected!


This holiday season, and for many holidays to come, the rare turtles Wink, Atahualpa and their friends will have a home. Thanks to the generous outpouring of support from individuals across the province, the Nova Scotia Nature Trust has secured protection of the Barren Meadow Turtle Sanctuary.

Three weeks ago, the Nature Trust launched a public appeal to help save a critical sanctuary for the endangered Blanding’s Turtles. The appeal received an overwhelming response, including several major gifts, and within a week the Nature Trust secured the funds it needed to purchase the property. The Nature Trust is grateful to all the individuals who stepped up with donations to help protect the sanctuary. Those gifts are being generously matched by the Margeurite Hubbard Charitable Foundation and the Nova Scotia Crown Share Land Legacy Trust.

With the funds in place to purchase the land, further donations are being directed to a stewardship endowment fund which is an essential and critical part of the organization’s work. The Nature Trust promises to protect this property forever, and ensuring its ecological integrity requires ongoing monitoring and stewardship.

For those still wishing to be a part of the Barren Meadow success story, charitable donations are welcome. You can donate by giving the Nature Trust a call at 902-425-5263, or online. You can also donate by symbolically adopting a turtle. Gift of Nature packages are available for pick up until December 23rd at noon at our new offices at 81 Prince Albert Rd. in Dartmouth. Please call ahead. Alternatively, your Gift of Nature package can be mailed to you in the New Year.

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To Donate

Download the fillable form and email to:

Mail the form to:
Nova Scotia Nature Trust
PO Box 2202
Halifax NS B3J 3C4


Watch the Blanding's Turtle in their natural habitat (a big thanks to Jeffie McNeil at the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute for this great footage!)

Thanks to our Major Supporters

Nova Scotia Crown Share Land Legacy Trust
Marguerite Hubbard Charitable Foundation
    This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada
Ce projet a été réalisé avec l'appui financier du gouvernement du Canada.

Other Blanding's Turtle Habitat we have protected

Blanding’s turtle habitat protected at McGowan Lake

McGowan Lake is one of the most most significant Blanding’s turtle nesting sites in the province and in 2013 the Nature Trust successfully raised the funds needed to protect it forever. Read more the press release for more details.

On December 24, 2012 the Nature Trust received a generous Christmas gift from the Chronicle Herald: a donation of $19,500 to help save the turtle sanctuary. The gift was the largest donation in the campaign and helped considerably to reach the campaign target. Read more in the press release.

Support for the McGowan Lake turtles was outstanding, with over $55,000 raised from more than 250 individuals and organizations across Nova Scotia and beyond in just three weeks.