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Friends of McNabs Island is Hiring Island Interpreters!


The Friends of McNabs Island Society is hiring university/college students or recent graduates again this summer. The summer interpreters will work 35 hours per week from June to the end of August. The pay range is $15.00 -$16.00/hr depending on experience. The candidates must be 30 years of age or younger, and either be current students or recent graduates.

The job duties are varied and would be suitable for students or graduates from several disciplines including: environmental science, environmental design, biology, recreation, education, horticulture, business, tourism, public relations, planning, graphic arts, history, Atlantic Canada studies, archaeology or architecture.

Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills in English and/or French. They must be able to work as a team on McNabs Island as interpreters. When not on the island, they will work in an office in downtown Dartmouth.

Interpreters must be physically fit and love being outdoors, even in the rain and cold. They must be able to walk up to 10 km while leading guided tours. They must be willing to work weekends on McNabs Island. When not on the island, the interpreters will do research and update our interpretive materials. Some of the job duties include:

• provide guided tours for McNabs Island visitors and youth groups
• island maintenance work such as cleanups, and trail and garden maintenance.
• help with the restoration of the Island Teahouse
• develop materials that promote McNabs Island as an outdoor learning centre and nature park
• research and write stories about McNabs Island
• update our brochures, displays, social media and develop virtual tours.

Jobs will be posted until May 15th. Please send resume, cover letter and references combined into a
“WORD” format document and include your name in the file name i.e. jackorjilljones.doc and email to info@mcnabsisland.ca.

2021 MEDIA RELEASE - Lawlor Island Cleanup

(October 3rd, 2021)
Friends of McNabs Island Society – Lawlor Island cleanup brings in gill fishing net, a port-a-potty, and more Lobster Traps!

On Sunday, 50 volunteers paddled or ferried to Lawlor Island in Halifax Harbour to clean up the beaches. Lawlor Island is a 50 hectare island directly across from MacCormacks Beach in Eastern Passage and is part of McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park. The island is an environmental protection zone and has no public access.

Volunteers spent the day digging out tires and collected approximately 300 bags of garbage including 20 lobster traps, a large gill fishing net, lots of fishing rope and a port-a-potty.

Two weeks ago volunteers collected 800 bags or 5 tonnes of garbage from McNabs Island. The Lawlor cleanup adds to this amount. Over the past 30 years, more than 16,000 bags of garbage and recyclables have been collected from the beaches of the island park. The McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park cleanup is the longest-running and largest cleanup in the Maritimes!

About 20 kilograms of gill net fishing gear was untangled from the trees and rocks along the shoreline. This plastic Ghost Gear Marine Debris doesn’t break down and entangles marine animals and wildlife. Other marine debris collected included motor oil containers, lobster bands, bait bags, trap tags, fish crates and 20 lobster traps. Large and small pieces of Styrofoam and dozens of tires were hauled off the beaches of the island park. Interesting items discovered at this cleanup include a port-a-potty, a VHS tape, a broken drone and a miniature boxing glove.

Thanks to the many volunteers from the Friends of McNabs Island and Scotian Shores who picked up garbage that littered the island park. Support for the cleanups came from Develop Nova Scotia, McInnes Cooper, HRM, Nova Scotia Natural Resources, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

The Friends of McNabs Island Society is a volunteer-driven registered charity dedicated to preserving and protecting McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park and Fort McNab National Historic Site. Since 1990, the Friends of McNabs have improved the trails and park facilities, organized community beach cleanups and offered guided tours to island visitors – making McNabs Island a welcoming park for everyone.


2021 MEDIA RELEASE - McNabs Island Fall Foliage Tours

Join the Friends of McNabs Island Society for our annual Fall Foliage Tours of McNabs Island Provincial Park on Sunday October 17th.
See the island in its autumn splendour and participate in guided heritage, nature, adventure or family tours.

- Discover how important McNabs Island was for the Mi'kmaq First Nations.
- Learn more about the role McNabs Island played during the world wars from animators in military costume at Fort McNab National Historic site.
- Hear the story of Bill Lynch, the "midway king" and how he got is start in the fairground business.
- Learn the tragic story of the SS England that was quarantined off McNabs in 1866.
- Discover the island's coastal environment, plants and wildlife.
- Visit the Victorian Gardens being restored by the Friends of McNabs Island.
- Peak into the abandoned Teahouose that is being converting into an Outdoor Education Centre.

We offer a variety of tours at the McNabs Island Fall Foliage Tours. There are two Heritage tours - one to Fort Ives and the other to Fort McNab; a Nature Tour; an Adventure Tour to Thrumcap suitable for hikers over 16 years of age and a Family Tour for parents/guardians with children 12 years and under.

Wear comfortable shoes or hiking boots and dress for the weather. Bring a lunch and drinking water.

Travel to McNabs Island with Murphy's on the Water from 1751 Lower Water St on the Halifax Waterfront departing at 9:30 AM. Depart from McNabs Island at 3:30 and return to Halifax by 4:30 PM.

Everyone must get their tickets in advance via Eventbrite!

Ticket costs: $35 (Adults), $15 (children/youth under 16), $25 ( discounted price for Friends of McNabs Island members). Children under 3 years are FREE but need a ticket.

Tickets on sale via Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mcnabs-island-fall-foliage-tours-oct-17-hal...

The Rain Date is Sunday October 24, 2021.

For the safety of everyone, all participants are expected to follow Nova Scotia Public Health protocols for the pandemic including providing Proof of Full Vaccination. Wearing a mask is required on the boat, but not necessary while on the island.

For more information on this event contact; info@mcnabsisland.ca or http://mcnabsisland.ca/contact.

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2021 MEDIA RELEASE: Friends of McNabs Island Society – 30th Anniversary Cleanup hauls in Sleeping Beauty, patio umbrellas, and more Lobster Traps!

(September 20, 2021)
On Sunday, 90 volunteers travelled to the McNabs Island in Halifax Harbour for our 30th annual Beach Cleanup. The pandemic cancelled the cleanup last year and in June this year so the amount of garbage that had washed up since our last cleanup in June 20

In total, volunteers have collected 15,800 bags of garbage and recyclables from the beaches of this Provincial Park and national historic site over the past 30 years. The McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park cleanup is the longest-running and largest cleanup in the Maritimes!

Ghost Gear Marine Debris including rope – some of it giant-sized, motor oil containers, lobster bands and tags, fish crates and over 80 lobster traps plus multiple large sheets of Styrofoam and dozens of tires were hauled off the beaches of the island park. Interesting items discovered this year include a miniature Sleeping Beauty, an aluminum commercial blender, various old pots, and several patio umbrellas.

The bulk of the items collected are plastics which deteriorate into micro-plastics over time but stay in the environment for centuries. Plastic tampon applicators from the sewage system and Tim Horton’s coffee cups continue to litter the beaches.

Thanks to teams from McInnes Cooper, Canadian Wildlife Federation’s Wild Outside youth group, the Shearwater Yacht Club, Scotian Shores and many individuals and families who volunteered to pick up garbage that was littering the park..

Support for the cleanup came from McInnes Cooper, Develop Nova Scotia, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada; HRM provided the garbage bags; Source Atlantic gave us gloves; A&M Sea Charters and Taylor Made Tours transported the volunteers; Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources staff assisted on the island and A&M Sea Charters transported the garbage back to Eastern Passage where it was picked up by HRM trucks for final disposal and/or recycling.

The Friends of McNabs Island Society is a volunteer-driven registered charity dedicated to preserving and protecting McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park and Fort McNab National Historic Site. Since 1990, the Friends of McNabs have improved the trails and park facilities, organized community beach cleanups and offered guided tours to island visitors – making McNabs Island a welcoming park for everyone.


MEDIA RELEASE - Friends of McNabs Island Society - Annual Cleanup hauls in some expensive dental work, and too many lobster traps!

(June 10, 2019)
On Sunday June 9th, two hundred volunteers travelled to the McNabs Island in Halifax Harbour for our 28th annual Beach Cleanup

Volunteers wrapped up Oceans Week and Environment Week by scouring the island for ocean debris – collecting approximately 350 bags of garbage and recyclables and over 50 lobster traps.

In total, volunteers have collected 13,900 bags of garbage and recyclables from the beaches of this provincial park and national historic site since 1991. The McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park cleanup is the longest-running and largest cleanup in the Maritimes!

Marine debris including rope, motor oil containers, hundreds of lobster bands and tags, and over 50 lobster traps were hauled off the beaches. Interesting items discovered this year included a gold post for someone’s expensive dental work, parts for a coffee percolator dating to the 1940s, and the bottom of a bottle from the 1800s, plus a 30 year-old sun catcher.

The bulk of the items collected were plastics - plastic sheeting and containers, and pieces of Styrofoam as large as a bed frame. Plastic tampon applicators and cotton swabs from Halifax’s sewage system and Tim Horton’s coffee cups, which have a plastic liner, continue to litter the beaches.


(Photography courtesy of Jennifer Barnable 2019)

Thanks to students from Ecole Secondaire du Sommet, staff from McInnes Cooper, Halifax Water and RBC, along with many families and groups of friends, who volunteered to pick up garbage that was littering the island beaches.

Thanks to McInnes Cooper, Develop Nova Scotia, Halifax Water and Oceans North for supporting the volunteers; HRM and Adopt-a-Highway for providing garbage bags; Source Atlantic for providing gloves; Murphy’s Cable Wharf and A & M Sea Charters for transporting volunteers; Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry staff for getting the garbage to the main wharf and A&M Sea
Charters and Develop Nova Scotia for transporting the garbage back to Eastern Passage where it was picked up by HRM garbage trucks for final disposal and/or recycling.

The Friends of McNabs Island Society is a volunteer-driven registered charity dedicated to preserving and protecting McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park and Fort McNab National Historic Site. Since 1990, the Friends of McNabs have improved the trails and park facilities, organized community beach cleanups and offered guided tours to island visitors – making McNabs Island a welcoming park
for everyone.

MEDIA RELEASE: McNabs Island: An Island Ringed by Wrecks

Special presentation of the Friends of McNabs Island – May 1, 2019
(April 21, 2019) Join the Friends of McNabs Island Society for our 29th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and presentation on Wednesday, May 1st at 6:45 pm in the Small Craft Gallery of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water Street, on the Halifax wa

Special guest speaker will be historian and author Dan Conlin presenting:
McNabs Island: An Island Ringed by Wrecks

McNabs island is encircled by shipwrecks, some tragic and some mundane. Many can still be seen at low tide. Join historian Dan Conlin for a fascinating illustrated talk about the shipwrecks of McNabs Island.

“McNab Island has been the final destination for countless vessels for centuries. Their evocative timbers and rusty fittings still have secrets to reveal and stories to tell.” says Conlin.

Dan Conlin is curator at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. He also teaches at Saint Mary’s University and has created a new course about piracy and privateering. Born in Berwick Nova Scotia, Dan studied journalism and history at Carleton University in Ottawa and then worked as a producer for CBC Radio in Ontario. He returned home to pursue a Master’s in History at
Saint Mary’s University. One of his first steps in reconnecting with the province was to join the Friends of McNabs Island. He wrote the chapter on lighthouses and shipwrecks for the Friends’ Discover McNabs Island guidebook.

Dan was curator at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic for 19 years where he was responsible for many successful exhibits including the Titanic display. He was also curator for a Pirates exhibit which led to his first book Pirates of the Atlantic: Robbery, Murder and Mayhem off Canada’s East Coast. His second book, War through the Lens: the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit was based on personal interviews and research that Dan conducted for his undergraduate thesis.

The Friends of McNabs Island Society is a volunteer-driven, registered charity dedicated to preserving and protecting McNabs and Lawlor Island Provincial Park. Since 1990, the Friends of McNabs have improved the trails and park facilities, organized community beach cleanups and offered guided tours to island visitors – making McNabs Island a welcoming park for everyone.

This event is free and open to the public.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Cathy McCarthy, President
Friends of McNabs Island Society
info@mcnabsisland.ca
www.mcnabsisland.ca facebook.com/McNabsIsland @McNabsIsland
902-434-2254 or 902-456-9167