Sable Island Conference 2023
Friends of Sable Island Society presents “Timeless Tides”, a weekend dedicated to the past, present, and future of Sable Island.
Sable Island is a National Park Reserve (NPR) protected under Canada’s National Parks Act. The conference is dedicated to Sable Island NPR and the marine environment that surrounds and maintains the Island. This is the fifth in a series of conferences related to the appreciation and management of this surprising sandbar in the north Atlantic Ocean. The conference is open to all topics related to Sable Island NPR, Sable Island Bank, and Sable Gully. The main themes will be: natural history/science, cultural history, visitor experience, and park management.
Schedule and Tickets
Opening Reception – Friday, October 20th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
The conference will open with a reception on Friday evening to celebrate our 25th anniversary of caring for Sable Island. It will feature special guest speakers and an opportunity to share stories informally over nibblies and beverages. Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are pleased to offer the opening reception at no cost and request that you register to ensure we order enough food.
Conference Program – Saturday, October 21st, 8:30am – 5:30pm
The formal conference sessions will be held during the day on Saturday with two snack breaks and a light lunch. The program will include at least twenty presentations selected using an open call for presenters. Because the future of Sable Island rests in the hands of our youth, young researchers and recent graduates will be strongly encouraged to present. Information on confirmed presentations will be displayed below as it becomes available.
Registration Deadline Expired!!
Making sound waves in the North Atlantic: detecting the offshore bats of Sable Island using acoustic monitoring
Tracking the Movements, Migrations, and Seasonal Residency of Atlantic Halibut (Hippoglossus) in the Sable Gully
Pairing remote sensing and in-situ monitoring to track pond dynamics on Sable Island
Exploring the possibilities of a Mi’Kmaq presence on Sable Island through the lens of a Mi’Kmaq youth
Highlights from the Fog And Turbulence in the Marine Atmosphere 2022 field campaign
Up close and personal: Movements and Habitat Choice of Male Grey Seals on Sable Island
Sable Island Paleosols – Researching the Island’s paleoenvironment through a cultural lens
Fences in the Sand - A collaborative project exploring the ecological role of horses on Sable Island NPR
Cameras on seals: use of animal-borne video cameras to evaluate the nature, distribution and intensity of grey seal foraging behaviour
Singing through winter nights: Seasonal and diel occurrence of humpback whale (Magaptera novaeangliae) vocalizations in and around the Gully MPA, offshore eastern Canada
Temporal change in plastic pollution in the critical habitat of an endangered cetacean on the continental slope, Nova Scotia, Canada
All available oral presentation spots have been filled. We are still welcoming poster presentations, interactive activity stations, and artist exhibits. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We believe that the Island has an amazing capacity to teach people about our world and we seek ways to provide a variety of learning opportunities. Sponsorships will be used to keep registration fees at $60 or less to make it affordable for a broad audience. Any money raised above the cost of the conference will be used to finish the development of a set of related and downloadable lesson plans to teach school children about the historical, environmental and scientific significance of Sable Island. All sponsors will be recognized on the conference webpage and in conference materials. There are several levels of sponsorship available for those who wish to support our mandate – see details at Conference Sponsor Invitation. To sponsor the conference or help with fundraising, please contact us at email@example.com.
We’re also looking for volunteers to help with the planning activities leading up the conference, and for the day of the conference. Volunteers receive a complimentary pass to the conference. If interested, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (please state “Conference Support” in the subject line) and tell us how you would like to help.