Nana's Wildlife

Respect Wildlife

For nature lovers, and for those who wish to learn more about what lives in Nova Scotia's forests, an upcoming series on our beautiful indigenous wildlife will peek into the lives of some of our woodland animals.

The 'Bear' Facts

Our Nova Scotia forest is home to multitudes of wildlife species, each with their own important place in our eco-system.

Red Fox Realities

Small, swift, slender and smart, this diminutive member of the wild canid family is the red fox (vulpes vulpes).

The Eastern Bobcat

A silent stealth hunter, the eastern bobcat (Lynx Rufus) is one of 13 sub-species of bobcats in North America.

Sable Island Horses

Mystical Sable Island, 290 km (181 mi) southeast of Halifax, at the edge of the Scotian Shelf in the wild Atlantic Ocean, is home to about 500 controversial, but beloved Sable Island Horses.

Seals of Sable Island

This past June, I spent six days on one of our most remote and remarkable islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, and there I saw the seals of Sable Island.

Six Days on Sable Island

The following series was published in The Colchester Weekly News in three newspaper installments.  Due to space constrictions, this series is a very abbreviated version of my six days on Sable Island. At a later date, I will be posting a much more complete story of my adventure on this most intriguing island. 

The Little Red Squirrel

Love it or hate it, the red squirrel plays an important role in our forests’ ecosystem. As it forages for and stashes food, it also drops and spreads seeds, which helps with forest re-growth. It is also food for other mammals and birds of prey. 

Mainland Moose of Nova Scotia

The mainland eastern moose (alces alces Americana) is one of two main sub-species of moose in Canada, and is indigenous to Nova Scotia.  It is estimated that there are 1000 or fewer of these animals on the mainland.

A closer look at salamanders of Nova Scotia

So secretive that we hardly ever see one, salamanders silently go about their lives in our Nova Scotia forests and waterways.

The Northern Spring Peeper

The sounds of spring are music to my soul. One of the first things that I listen for is the mating call of the Northern Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer crucifer Wied). 

Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis)

The striped skunk is found all over North America.