Wildlife Sighting Updates

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Summer is Here! Well we are definitely seeing some wildlife!  On the water, the guides are reporting sighting everything from Porpoises, Seals, Minke Whales, even White Tailed Deer! For some, the chance sighting is majestic, though impossibly quick – other times the wildlife is equally curious and playful about us. Last week, while paddling through […]

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Wildlife from this weekend

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Eastern Juvenile Willets Here’s a Willet we saw near the window on Friday evening. There were a few of them around. We’ve asked the birding community on Twitter to help us identify this guy, and the consensus is that this is an Eastern Juvenile Willet. The Willet is a shorebird in the Sandpiper family. The […]

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Hermit Crab Beach

Hermit Crab on Roger Power Island

At low tide, Roger Power Island reveals a magnificent white sand beach. It’s really a little piece of the Caribbean dropped here in Nova Scotia. I had heard for a few years that there are actually Hermit Crabs on this little paradise, but had never been lucky enough to spot one.. yet. So after examining […]

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Cruise ship group

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The first cruise ship group of the day is gearing up to hit the water.

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Some of the wildlife we are seeing this week

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I’ve had a chance to be on the water quite a bit this weekend. On Friday my trip took me to Back Bay, where we saw the usual population of gulls, terns and cormorants. The jellyfish are out this time of year – we see them by the dozen in all sizes.   But on Friday […]

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Tale of a Scarlet Tanager

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On May 15th, ECO guides Dan, Krista & Eleanor went out for a pre season campout on Hearn Island. There is always lots to see and do:  from illuminescent phosphorescent sand, to the beautiful panoramic views of the North Atlantic. But this trip was special to because we found, what at first, looked to us […]

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Never leave without Jello

Red Cross Wilderness & Remote First Aid

One thing that ECO does, and does well, is training. The in-house Guide Training Program has got to be one of the most challenging outdoor adventures in Halifax. I had so many firsts when I did my Guide Training Program.  My first advanced first aid course, my first open water capsize, my first overnight on […]

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Guide in Training Night Navigation, now with bioluminescence!

The 2009 – 2010 Guides in Training headed out for their Night Navigation assessment. Given four LAT/LON coordinates they were tasked with plotting a dead reckoning course to each one of the coordinates. Their path took them out to Roger Power Island, then over to Shannon Island all the way into Cub Basin and then […]

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Evading by Salts & Corks

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Rogues Roost is an isolated cove, with narrows only a few feet deep in some places. It is located in the vicinity of the villages of Lower Prospect and Prospect, Nova Scotia. The Rogue’s Roost and Snow’s Cove of Rogues Roost are the sheltered anchorages in the narrow passages between Roost Island and the mainland. […]

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