Junior Wildlife Conservation

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Join us for 3 days and nights of hands-on learning on Bon Portage Island, a seabird research station off of Nova Scotia’s Southern coast. We’ll assist the Island’s female biologists with their research, explore the magnificent Island, and learn about what it takes to conserve wildlife.

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For this year’s Junior Wildlife Conservation program, weโ€™ll learn about endangered species in Nova Scotia, and do a variety of activities relating to wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability. But the absolute coolest part of this program is that we get to help female biologists on the Island with their Leachโ€™s storm petrel monitoring research. Why? Because working with storm petrels requires a field technique called “grubbing,” where you reach your arm into burrows in the ground to actually collect the adult birds and chicks. After we get the petrel, we’ll take measurements and look at a few health indicators before releasing the birds back into their burrows. Most places on Earth you would not be encouraged to put your arm into holes in the ground, but because Bon Portage Island has no natural predators, it’s a completely safe activity. Other than assisting with the petrel research, we’ll fill our days with: exploring the Island, setting fish and small mammal traps to meet local species, learning about marine pollution, engineering recycled boats, learning about edible plants, and doing nature connectivity activities.

This Junior Wildlife Conservation program is intended to give girls an opportunity to connect with nature and learn about wildlife conservation by actually doing it. This program will be taught by a crew of exclusively female Instructors and Volunteers who hold advanced degrees in Biology or are currently studying for these degrees at Acadia University.


General Information

  • For girls aged 12 โ€“ 15
  • Monday, July 22nd โ€“ Thursday, July 25th, overnight
  • Bon Portage Island
  • Pay-what-you-can program

Activities

  • Weโ€™ll learn about endangered species and help female biologists with their Leachโ€™s storm petrel (seabird) monitoring work
  • We’ll explore the different habitats on the Island
  • We’ll set fish traps in the saltwater pond and measure and ID our catch
  • We’ll learn about marine pollution and how to reduce our consumption of single-use plastics
  • We’ll do an engineering activity making recycled boats
  • We’ll learn about edible plants on the Island
  • We’ll learn about wildlife-related careers and the educational paths to take to get there
  • We’ll do nature connectivity activities

How To Register

Girls must be nominated for this program by an adult that knows them well. Nominations are due by May 6th.



To find out more about last year’s program, head to the Junior Wildlife Conservation 2018 page and watch the program video below.

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