Intermediate Wildlife Conservation: Level II



  • August 3rd – 6th
  • Overnight program, accommodations in a cabin on Bon Portage Island
  • Bon Portage Island (the Evelyn and Morrill Richardson Field Station in Biology)
  • 10 seats
  • Pay-what-you-can
Bon Portage Island (also known as Outer Island) is located 20 minutes south of Barrington.


  • We’ll take a boat 3 km to and from Bon Portage Island, off of Shag Harbour
  • We’ll assist female biologists from Acadia University with their Leach’s storm petrel (a small grey seabird) conservation research, helping to “grub” the adult and petrel chicks from theirs nests to evaluate their health, and learning advanced research skills
  • We’ll set motion-activated wildlife cameras around the Island to identify and the Island’s wildlife and movement corridors, and review and present footage to the group
  • We’ll have time to do independent Island exploration comparing modern landmarks to a map from the 1940s, collecting GPS data and mapping our discoveries using coding
  • We’ll do guided naturalists hikes, learning to identify local plants and fungi
  • We’ll explore tide pools at low tide
  • We’ll set fish traps and do a simple mark-recapture study with mummichog and killifish in the saltwater pond
  • We’ll learn about wildlife conservation organizations from around the world and make donations as Terranaut Club
  • We’ll learn about wildlife conservation careers and what it’s like to study wildlife conservation in college and university

To learn more about this program, which was last offered in 2019, head to our Intermediate Wildlife Conservation: Level II program page (this program used to be called our Intermediate Wildlife Conservation program).

COVID-19 Disclaimer

Due to the nature of this program, a hybrid format (online + in-person component) will not be available. In the event that this program cannot take place on Bon Portage Island as a result of COVID-19 regulations, we will do our best to offer an alternative hybrid or fully online option for participants placed in this program. The in-person component for the hybrid option would take place in the Wolfville area.

See here for Terranaut Club’s current COVID-19 Safety Measures.

Who Can Apply*

Girls and under-represented genders aged 12 – 15 who reside in Nova Scotia. Participants from New Brunswick and PEI are welcome to apply to be placed on our waitlist, should we be able to welcome girls+ from out-of-province this year. If you’re new to Terranaut Club and are interested in this program, we recommend attending our Intermediate Wildlife Conservation: Level I program first. However, if there is a conflict with dates, new participants may be accepted into this program.

How To Apply

Participants must be nominated by an adult that knows them well (parents included) by Tuesday, June 8th.

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