Sable Island Conference 2019 – “Shifting Sands” – Nov 9, 2019

Sable Island Conference 2019 – “Shifting Sands” is just two weeks away! All activities will take place in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia at the Halifax Convention Centre. Saturday morning and afternoon will feature formal presentations, interactive activity stations, and exhibitors. The conference closer event will be “A Night to go Wild” – an exciting gala dinner and fundraiser celebrating the spirit of Sable Island and its wild horses. Come for the day and stay for the evening! To buy tickets and for more information go to

The formal presentations on Saturday feature several young adults – the future of Sable Island! Illustrated talks will be 15 minutes each plus time for questions and answers, covering natural history/science, cultural history, visitor experience, and park management. The registration fee of $60 for non-members includes a morning snack break and a light lunch. The current speakers and their topics are (click on each one for more details):

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink: Freshwater challenges on Sable Island. – Julia Cantelon BSc

Shifting Sands ’n Bugs: a 60 year tour of shifting sands, plus Sable’s rarest insects! – Dan Kehler

Examining potential and ideal aquatic biomonitoring protocols for freshwater ponds of Sable Island National Park Reserve – Frederica Jacks, BSc

Demography and Behaviour of Ipswich Sparrows – Sydney Bliss

Sable Island: Humans, Harmony, and Wild Horses – Sandy Sharkey

“All the Island is a Graveyard”; Archaeological and Historical Aspects of Sable Island National Park Reserve – Charles A. Burke MA

Hard Times of Sable Island: The Darby Controversy – Rebecca Wilson

… /.. A Hundred Miles from Anywhere – Jill Martin

Sable Island 1945-1946 – Aubrey Dauphinee

The who and why of leisure travel to Sable Island NPR – Fred Stillman

My Experience on Sable Island – Natalie Freeman

What’s the plan? Sable Island National Park Reserve Management Plan – Alannah Phillips, BBA, MBA

The conference closing dinner and fundraiser will be thrilling! Attendees will experience this magical place through:

– MC Don Connolly, a familiar voice to many CBC listeners

– keynote speaker Roberto Dutesco and his stunning photography and lush filmmaking of the Sable Island horses

– Mayor Mike Savage who will present a special award, and

– Terry Kelly’s inspiring music featuring a new work about Sable Island’s horses written especially for this event.

Funds raised will be used to further educational programs, ensuring that the next generation learns to care about Sable Island – its future and ours. Tickets are $125 each, tables seat 10, and a corporate table is $2,000 and includes a commemorative gift.

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