Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Kejimkujil Dark Sky Nature Preserve

Kejimkujik was designated as a Dark Sky Preserve in 2010 by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada as part of their Dark Sky Preserve Program. As a DSP, Kejimkujik is committed to protecting the nighttime environment from the effects of artificial lighting. Educating visitors about the ecological and cultural importance of dark skies are key elements of the DSP program. The designation is the first in Nova Scotia.

Protecting the dark skyscapes of Kejimkujik benefits stargazers as well as wildlife. Studies have shown that many of the biological and behavioural activities of plants, animals and insects that rely on night darkness to forage, breed and navigate are adversely affected by light pollution.

As a Dark Sky Preserve, Kejimkujik gives present and future generations a chance to gaze upon the same stars seen by the Mik’maq, European explorers, and early settlers. In the summer, Kejimkujik offers public astronomy programs and an interpretation program exploring the significance of the night sky in Mi’kmaw culture and history.