The species at risk that live in Nova Scotia cover large geographic areas and benefit from targeted recovery actions. When researchers, communities, schools, businesses, and landowners team together, they can significantly influence the recovery of species at risk, while also increasing community connections and pride. Many dedicated people are already giving their time and energy to local recovery actions. If you are interested, you can too!
There are a number of ongoing and exciting research projects focused on species at risk in southwest Nova Scotia. You may encounter volunteers, researchers, and students studying these species in your area – please feel free to talk with them about their work. There are a number of ways to get involved in monitoring or stewardship actions in your backyard and beyond. For more information contact the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute at, 902-682-2371 or Kejimkujik at
  • Helping to protect Blanding’s turtle nests from predators.
  • Participating in Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora shoreline surveys.
  • Surveying for ribbonsnakes with the help of trained conservation canines.
  • Sampling water quality on Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora lakes.


Read stories about landowners who are making a difference on the Stewardship Stories page. If you know a steward who you think should be recognized please contact the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute 


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Blanding’s turtle nest protection; Eastern Ribbonsnake survey; conservation canine survey; ACPF water quality monitoring; Water-pennywort surveys on Kejimkujik Lake; recording field data.