Over the past number of years the Museum of Natural History has created a number of online resources and websites dedicated to specific topics. This section of the Museum’s website is a gateway to these other dedicated sites.
The long term plan will see these various websites converted to online exhibits that augment what can be viewed at the Museum of Natural History. Until that time, the Museum will keep these sites active for their research and study value.
Our OspreyCam brings you a real-time view of an osprey nest located in Nova Scotia. For the protection of the birds we do not release the actual location. The nest, which looks like a huge pile of sticks, is on a Nova Scotia Power pole and is home to a pair of adult Ospreys. Nova Scotia Power and the Museum of Natural History are partnering for a fourth year to allow people worldwide into the home of our favourite ospreys, Ethel and Oscar, with the help of the 2010 OspreyCam.
The Natural History of Nova Scotia
The Natural History of Nova Scotia provides a complete look at our geology, land and seascapes, plants animals and ecology. Useful information and images for anyone who wants to better understand the province’s environment. Volume 1 contains details about specific topics and habitats. Volume 2 is organized into 9 geographic regions.
The Poison Plant Patch
Learn more about the alkaloids, resins, oils and toxic proteins found in house plants, annuals, perennials or native wildflowers. More than 50 plants, mushrooms and algae are included
Sable Island, 300 km south-east of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, is renowned for its wild horses and shipwrecks. It is also an island with a fascinating geology and natural history that reflect the challenge of surviving wind, waves and isolation.
As it is a place most of us will never visit, this web site brings Sable Island to you.
Reptiles and Amphibians of Nova Scotia
The amphibians and reptiles are normally treated together as herpetofauna, although they represent two different vertebrate classes with distinct characteristics and habitat requirements. There are twenty-five species recorded from Nova Scotia, including three marine turtles.
Fossils of Nova Scotia
For its small size, Nova Scotia is unusually rich in fossils. Our present knowledge and understanding of fossils is the result of the efforts of many people. Take a palaeontological view of Nova Scotia on this site featuring some incredible fossil specimens.
Butterflies North and South
Visit this new international website for the latest information on butterflies from Nova Scotia, Québec, Ontario, Alberta and Peru.
Backyard Birds of Winter
Images and short stories for 44 of the most common winter birds you may see around bird feeders, or backyards in Nova Scotia.
East Coast Birds
We've put Robie Tufts' Birds of Nova Scotia up alongside feature stories and details about birding hot spots in the province. Includes a keyword search to help you find that bird you've been wondering about.
Excavated at Milford/Carroll's Corner, Nova Scotia are just out of the conservation drying chambers - take a look.
Checklist of the Butterflies of Nova Scotia
(developed by the Halifax Field Naturalists)
Symbols of Nova Scotia / Symboles de la Nouvelle-Écosse
Nova Scotia's fascinating history has given rise to a number of traditions, legends and ample folklore. As you will see, the province's natural and cultural symbols reflect Nova Scotian history and traditions in a colourful way.