MTRI is a non-profit co-operative with a mandate to promote sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity conservation in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve and beyond through research, education, and the operation of a field station.
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Each summer MTRI hosts a weekly seminar series on Thursdays in July and August. These half hour long talks start at 4pm and cover a wide variety of topics related to natural history. The speakers include field experts, MTRI staff, professors, and community members! Come for the popcorn, stay for the seminar! For more information check out our Seminars page or contact us at 902-682-2371.
We had a large turn out on June 12th for our annual BBQ despite the change in weather from sun to rain at last minute! It was good to catch up with our volunteers, members, and friends while enjoying some delicious food. Images top to bottom, L-R: BBQ turn out, Wendy cutting the cake, and The Otesha Project perfomance. Photo Credit: Steven Mockford.
2014 Recipient Mallory Heim with John Bottomley and Steven Mockford of MTRI's Board of Directors.
On June 12th, 2014 at MTRI's annual BBQ, the Clapp Conservation Award was presented to this year's recipient, Mallory Heim, by John Bottomley and Stephen Mockford. The Clapp Conservation Award relies on small private donations and is awarded every spring to a high school graduate with a passion for nature conservation.
Mallory is a soon to be graduate of New Germany Rural High School and will be pursuing a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) majoring in Animal Science at Dalhousie University's Faculty of Agriculture in Bible Hill, Truro. She plans to follow a career path in wildlife rehabilitation and conservation following her post-secondary studies. Mallory first became interested in conservation projects around the age of 10 when she and her grandmother rescued six baby snapping turtles from the middle of a main road in Chelsea, Nova Scotia. This sparked her interest in turtles and her passion to help all living things, big and small. In 2009, Mallory was introduced to the Blanding's Turtle Research Project and she has been a committed volunteer to the program ever since. Being an outdoor-loving person Mallory thoroughly enjoys working with the community to help this species. She has also taken part in the checking of eel pots as part of the American Eel Monitoring Program in Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site and loved the opportunity to learn more about this species and what can be done to conserve their population.
Well done Mallory and a special thank you from citizens of Queens and Lunenburg counties for your dedication and commitment to Species at Risk in our region!
The Clapp Conservation Award honours the remarkable efforts of Diane and Harold Clapp, founding members and long-time volunteers who have led by example in building MTRI. The purpose of this award is to encourage and build youth capacity for conservation in southwestern Nova Scotia. MTRI is a non-profit co-operative with a mandate to promote sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity conservation in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve and beyond through research, education, and the operation of a field station.
For more information on the bursary and the Clapp's contribution to MTRI click here.
The Nova Scotia Bat Conservation web page is actively taking past and present bat sightings for the 2014 season. Reports can be submitted online at www.batconservation.ca or phoned in to the Species at Risk hotline 1-866-727-3447. Click here to read the Department of Natural Resources press release.
MTRI’s fundraising initiative for the Blanding’s turtle recovery project is off to a great start! In December, MTRI was thrilled to receive a substantial donation from Marjorie Lindsey to kick off the campaign. This donation will help staff and volunteer researchers protect Blanding’s turtle nests from predation and flooding, search for new Blanding’s turtle populations, identify important habitats, work with landowners and more. Thank you so much Marjorie!
We still have a way to go to reach our goal. If you would like to donate to the Blanding’s turtle project or MTRI’s other species at risk initiatives please click on the PayPal link on the right of this webpage, or contact us about other ways to donate!
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