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Dr. David Patriquin’s talk: A Natural History of Sandy Lake and Environs Go to:

Updated: Nov 4, 2019

Nearly 50 years ago, the Sandy Lake (Bedford) area was selected as one of seven unique “jewels in the crown” of Halifax-Dartmouth that should be protected for their ecological richness and for community education and recreation. Some pieces have been assembled in the form of the Jack Lake Regional Park (including Bedford Lions Club Beach Park). Additional lands would need to be acquired to protect the integrity of Sandy Lake and the watercourse to the Sackville River and the associated wetlands and a sweep of mature/old growth forest that provides a wildlife corridor at the neck of the Chebucto Peninsula, north to the Sackville River and the mainland.

In the summer, winter and fall of 2017 and 2018, David Patriquin walked and paddled this landscape to document its ecological attributes and make some water quality observations. His talk takes us on a tour of the landscape and discusses his major conclusions.

For more detailed findings view

As a volunteer contribution to the efforts of the Sandy Lake Conservation Association and the Sackville Rivers Association to protect the ecological integrity of Sandy Lake and environs, David conducted extensive observations on plant communities and surface waters of Sandy Lake and environs (including the Jack Lake lands and lands around Sandy Lake and Marsh Lake) over the interval June 14, 2017 to the present. His objectives were “to describe ‘what you see on the ground’, identify significant ecological attributes of the area, and make some assessment of existing or potential threats to the ecological integrity of the area.”

The website provides a virtual tour of Sandy Lake and Environs and present Dr. Patriquin’s conclusions about what he now sees as a major ecological and recreational asset for HRM.

David Patriquin retired from a position as Prof. of Biology at Dalhousie University in 2008. Since then he has been active in several natural history, environmental and hiking visitors are more engaged. Having a blog is also very good for SEO, so we recommend using keywords related to your site from your posts. Good luck!

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