Prospect Head, Nova Scotia (Photo by NCC)

Prospect Head, Nova Scotia (Photo by NCC)

Nature Conservancy of Canada dedicates marquee site

September 21, 2015
Halifax, NS


Prospect High Head renamed in honour of Dr. Bill Freedman + Internship Announced

The Nature Conservancy of Canada in Nova Scotia is dedicating one of its key conservation areas to honour a Halifax man.

The 372 acres at Prospect High Head will now be known as the Dr. Bill Freedman Nature Reserve. The Prospect High Head site is a popular coastal spot for hikers and birdwatching, located 23 kilometres southwest of Halifax.  

Freedman recently retired as an ecologist and former Chair of the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University, where he continues to serve as Professor Emeritus.

He has also volunteered for over 25 years with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Freedman served as National Board Chair from 2008-09 and also as Atlantic Board Chair.   

In 2013, Freedman authored a book on the 50 year history of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Freedman is living with an aggressive form of cancer.  A plaque recognizing Freedman`s contributions will be installed at the Prospect High Head site.

“Dr. Bill Freedman has made a major impact on conservation in Nova Scotia and across the country,” said Craig Smith, Nature Conservancy of Canada Program Director in Nova Scotia.  “We think it is fitting to dedicate such a picturesque and important coastal property to recognize a gentleman who has given his expertise to protecting diverse and outstanding natural areas in Canada and in all corners of the province”.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada protected Prospect High Head for its important coastal barrens and coastal forest. The coastline at Prospect High Head is used by a variety of sea ducks including the eye-catching harlequin duck, black scoters and long-tailed ducks. 

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has also announced it is creating a Science-In-Conservation Internship in Freedman’s name, to be awarded annually to a student at Dalhousie University. A respected professor and academic, Freedman has authored over 100 refereed scientific papers and publications.  

Information on how to contribute to this fund can be found under the featured projects section at

“Dr. Bill Freedman is leaving  a natural legacy by ensuring our properties remain a home for wildlife, a haven for recreation and a vital resource that cleans the air we breathe and the water we drink,” said Linda Stephenson, Atlantic Regional Vice President with the NCC.  “Dr. Bill is very modest about his contributions, but we feel it is important to recognize how his actions have helped ensure that our children and grandchildren will have a chance to enjoy this site and others and learn of his passion for nature".


The Dr. Bill Freedman Science-in-Conservation Internship will support one student each year to work alongside Nature Conservancy of Canada senior staff to analyze and develop solutions to problems that address important knowledge and information gaps relevant to the management of NCC’s key natural spaces.  The intern will develop a real world knowledge and experience of conservation, honing skill sets that will provide a foundation for career success.

The Dr. Bill Freedman Nature Reserve at Prospect High Head features eight different types of habitat:  Cliff, rocky shore, boulder/cobble shore, granite barren, bog, old field, offshore open water, white spruce coastal forest and tidal marsh.  It also provides habitat for the rare-arctic-alpine flora.  


The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 2.7 million acres (1.1 million hectares), coast to coast.  

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the longest serving land conservation organization in Nova Scotia, protecting over 32,400 acres at 42 nature preserves here since 1971.\ns.

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