Northumberland Strait Coastal Restoration Project

Spring 2019 update

Halifax's City Nature Challenge: become a citizen scientist and share your findings with others!

Photo by Melanie Lowe - Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

Ahead of Halifax's participation in the City Nature Challenge, Clean Foundation is presenting a workshop that will prepare participants to become citizen scientists using the iNaturalist app to record and submit their findings.

This free two-hour workshop will guide you through an introduction to citizen science and why it's important, the City Nature Challenge, and the iNaturalist app.

We'll get outside and put our skills to use, so be sure to bring your smartphone or tablet along with you. Space is limited - please register to secure your spot.

To learn more and register, click here and be sure to follow @CleanFoundation on social media.

The City Nature Challenge

The City Nature Challenge takes place from April 26 to 29. Cities around the world will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people.

Visit and follow the City Nature Challenge - Haifax Regional Municipality Facebook page.

Connecting with communities

Photos by Merydie Ross - Mi’kmaw Conservation Group and Clean Foundation
Over the past few months, our Engagement Specialist Merydie Ross has been busy attending council meetings, farmers' markets and other events sharing information about the Northumbrland Strait Coastal Restoration Project and recruiting volunteers.

Thank you to the Municipality of Colchester, the Town of Trenton, the Municipality of the County of Antigonish, the Mi’kmaw Conservation Group Advisory Committee, and the Pictou Landing Chief and Council for inviting Merydie to present.
If you'd like to hear from Merydie, we'd love to hear from you! We're always looking for opportunities to share information about our project and get communities involved.

To provide additional information or get further involved with our project, please contact Merydie at or


Coastal Restoration and Salt Marsh Solutions
Training Workshops

Photos by Laura Yorke - Clean Foundation
We recently held a series of five workshops in early March to help communities learn about strategies to protect and restore our coastlines from the impacts of human activity and climate change.

The workshops took place in Pictou County, Tatamagouche, Antigonish, Amherst and Pictou Landing First Nation, and participants came with a diverse background of knowledge.
Tutorials, examples, and resources were presented to help communities make informed decisions about the future of their coasts using effective nature-based solutions that can be applied locally.​

We were overwhelmed by the interest from community members who attended the workshops. Thank you to everyone who took part and made the events possible!

Friends of the Pugwash Estuary AGM

Photo by Friends of the Pugwash Estuary
Our Restoration Specialist Allen Beck was the guest speaker at Friends of the Pugwash Estuary's AGM on February 24, where he spoke about the importance of salt marsh ecology. Thank you to our friends at FOPE for the opportunity to share our knowledge with you!

Exchanging knowledge with our partners

Photos by Mi'kmaw Conservation Group and Clean Foundation
In December members of our team attended the Restore America's Estuaries 9th National Summit to explore issues and solutions to coastal restoration and management. Our Engagement Specialist Merydie Ross participated on a panel titled “How Traditional Ecological and Indigenous Knowledge Informs Restoration” and spoke about the traditional knowledge study we conducted in partnership with the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq and the Mi’kmaw Conservation Group.

In February the team joined our partners from Mi’kmaw Conservation Group at an event hosted by Tampa Bay Watch where, among other things, they learned how reef balls can be used as a form of shoreline stabilization and habitat creation.
Both events were an incredible opportunity to network, spread the word about our project, and gather information about various restoration methods used in different jurisdictions, as well as research different tools that can be used when engaging with communities.

All of this is done to share and disseminate what we learn with Mi’kmaw and local community members, municipal planners, students, and NGOs, and build awareness and knowledge of salt marshes in the area and what can be done to benefit them.

We are so grateful for these learning opportunities and the ability to share this knowledge with others!
Thank you! Wela’lioq!
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