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A rainbow beneath

the cold seas
The undersea photographs of Scott Leslie reveal a technicolor world below Atlantic Canadian waters

By Andi Rierden, Editor

Viewing Scott Leslie’s photographs on an icy spring day in Nova Scotia when the sea and sky are the color of pewter, it’s hard to imagine a creature as animated and colorful as the blue morph lumpfish living beneath the surface of the Bay of Fundy. To the untutored eye, Leslie’s undersea images are more likely to conjure up the tropical waters of Bonaire, Cozumel or the Great Barrier Reef.


Confronting regional climate change
Most scientists agree we’re in for some dramatic climate variations. The question is: What can we do about it?

By Maureen Kelly

Across the Northeast, nature is changing in subtle ways. In Long Island Sound, for instance, blue crabs—a warm-water species—are now appearing where cold-water lobsters were once more abundant. It is a shift of habitat range, which some scientists attribute partly to warming waters in the Sound. In New Hampshire, the maple-tapping season is starting earlier because of the overall trend toward warmer and shorter winters. At the same time, the weather is becoming more volatile. This past year, the northeastern seaboard experienced record-breaking cold snaps and snowfalls, severe ice storms, flash flooding and a Category 2 hurricane that left disaster in its wake. Many experts, who attended a symposium in Boston this spring, believe these signs are precursors to more dramatic alterations in the natural environment and more extreme weather to come.

Summit workshops to emphasize sound tourism

By Andi Rierden, Editor

A fisheries biologist I know who, until a few years ago, worked at the Huntsman Marine Research Centre in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, recently lamented to me how much he missed the town and its “brilliant spirit.” After several memorable stays in St. Andrews, I can certainly sympathize. Officially known as St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, this lovely coastal hamlet just off Highway 1, near the Maine border, is a Canadian National Historic District, possessing architectural charm, artisan shops, an arts and nature center, whale watching and seakayaking tours, a stunning public garden and good walking trails.

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