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Author: Darren Sheppard

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709 Watershed host Darren Sheppard guides you through interviews with guest that have a direct impact on the Indian Bay Watershed and "The Shore". These are the experts, storytellers, and decision-makers in politics, environmental topics, tourism, and business. 709 Watershed is based in beautiful Indian Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Co-Producer Paul Vincent. Ads recorded by Kaylene Stagg. 

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On this episode, Host Darren Sheppard speaks with Black Cat Cemetery Preservation regarding their latest work in cemeteries in Greenspond and other locations in Newfoundland. Robyn and Ian also talk about techniques used in such preservation work, how individuals or groups can contact them to have work done on their own graveyards, their love for Newfoundland & Labrador, and much more!Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic...
On this episode, host Darren Sheppard chats with Frank Skeard, Councilor with the Qalipu First Nation (Glenwood Ward). Frank also is the District Ecosystem Manager for Forest Management with the Provincial Government, and is a member of the Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce. Frank has a true love for nature and helping people, of which, he goes into detail on that, and more! Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic by Ricky Val...
The fourth annual Greenspond show was recorded in mid-July, 2023 on site at Ida's Place within the fishing shed on the property. Guest included Terry Carter, owner of Sainsbury Lane, who talks about the history of the house, his roots to Greenspond, and summary of how he and his wife Elaine became owners of the beautiful home on the island. Linda White, publisher of the Greenspond Letter and administrator of the Greenspond Historical Society Facebook page, speaks about cemetery restoration an...
On this episode, we speak to Stewardship Association of Municipalities Executive Director Zachary Burrows. Known affectionately as SAM, the organization works with the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture in Newfoundland & Labrador to secure, enhance, & restore important wildlife habitat within municipal planning boundaries. The Town of Indian Bay has been a member of SAM since 2016, which has allowed for a strong partnership between IBEC and SAM to develop on several projects and shared int...
Curious about the Avian Flu and its affect on seabirds around Newfoundland? Are Murres safe to eat in this year's hunt? What is causing Leach's Storm-Petrels to be eaten in Cape Freels? Well, you've picked the right episode! Host Darren Sheppard speaks with Environment and Climate Change Canada Seabird Biologist Sabina Wilhelm. She also has a summer home in Greenspond, which we discuss at the end of the show.Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j...
The second part of this season's "Stories of Greenspond" recorded live at Ida's Place, features Co-Owner of Hub of the North, Wade Kean (Sylvia was busy cooking in the restaurant), who talks about his love for Greenspond, the suites and restaurant they operate, the tourism sector, and much more! We also welcome Historian Linda White, creator of the Greenspond Historical Society Facebook page, who talks about cemetery restoration on the island, tracing Greenspond family routes from Europe, ide...
709 Watershed is back on Greenspond for its 3rd annual "Stories of Greenspond" episodes. Two shows were produced from this year's visit, with this show having the Owner/Operator of Ida's Place, Heather Gordon, speaking about what has happen to the business over the past year and about her cheesecake and cinnamon buns. Host Darren Sheppard also speaks to Colton Firmage and Jade Burton, two young entrepreneurs of "Berries and Beads", who call Greenspond home, and who share their thoughts on wha...
Host Darren Sheppard sits down with Triffie Parsons, the multi-talented, multi-hat wearing, Town Manager/Clerk of Indian Bay, Chair of Indian Bay Ecosystem Corporation, and Councillor of Centreville-Wareham-Trinity (CWT). She talks about the challenges and positives facing both Indian Bay and CWT. She shares some personal experiences from her past and her family. And she talks about her strong viewpoints regarding environmental topics facing the area and IBEC. An insightful episode awaits!Mus...
Host Darren Sheppard chats with Ashley Noseworthy, CEO/President of Edgewise Environmental. It is a St. John's based environmental consultancy focused on marine mammal, seabird, and marine noise mitigation solutions. Ashley has a background working with marine mammals and has worked in various positions offshore and throughout the world. She recently trained Indian Bay Ecosystem Corporation personnel on various seabird protocols to be utilized in our Leach's Storm-Petrel study in Cape Freels,...
The Grade 8 class of Centreville Academy took on this BBC radio soap opera feel episode, providing insight of what it is like to be a shorebird in today's world, with professionalism and excitement! Written by Mrs. Perry with assistance from a couple of her students, the other students became shorebirds you would find in Cape Freels and Queen's Meade in Newtown. Every wonder what it was like to be chased by a dog? To be stuck in a bucket? To have your "home" taken away? Well, wonder no more! ...
Indian Bay Municipal Park is situated alongside the Indian Bay River. With over 50 sites and access to one of the best Salmon angling rivers in the province, it is a popular destination for many. Brendalee discusses what amenities are available, the cost involved with staying at the Park, and its involvement in promoting tourism and good stewardship for the Indian Bay area.Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic by Ricky Valadezhttps...
Inuit elder Derrick Pottle chats with host Darren Sheppard about Polar Bear safety, his experiences with Polar Bears, conducting hunts, and guiding tourist in the North for "Nanuk". His knowledge and guidance regarding the sub-population of the Davis Strait Polar Bear is amazing, and his detailed storytelling comes through easily in this episode. Working with us via our project with the Department of Environment and Climate Change Canada, Derrick has been a tremendous source of guidance regar...
Local environmentalist and youth advocate Florence Cross is our guest. She discusses her life as a former educator in Grand Falls-Winsor, plus how her will and desire to help others turned into two successful local non-profits, Karma Cafe in Newtown and Textile Exchange in Templeman.Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic by Ricky Valadezhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Ov1XLAg1c
Host Darren Sheppard chats with Kittiwake Snowmobile Association (KSA) President Wayne Bruce regarding what the KSA does within the area regarding trail development, grooming of over 100kms of snowmobile trails, fundraising for trail improvements, and more. Wayne also explains the partnerships that are vital for the success of the trail system, including that with the Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation, which plays a huge role in the grooming operations and provides access to fun...
Host Darren Sheppard chats with Lori on everything tourism within the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Little did she know that her vacation group on Facebook would explode to well over 70,000 members, making it the must-visit site for finding details about unique vacation spots, places to visit, and things to do when visiting the province or for those Newfoundlanders who are looking at exploring their home province. Lori also shares her favourite spots on the island to visit and what i...
Tracy Gibbons is the Chair of the Lumsden Beach Committee, which has taken the initiative to cleanup the sandy beaches within the Town of Lumsden, and who partner with the Town on improvements for visitors to the beaches, educational programs, signage, and more. A volunteer organization, Tracy represents a strong voice for those who love the sandy beaches of Lumsden, and who wish to see it enjoyed for generations to come.Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.c...
We return to Greenspond for another installment of our Stories of Greenspond series. Recorded at two locations, the first continuing with our previous location in the fishing stage overlooking the cove behind Ida's Place, host Darren Sheppard interviews Rev. Deede and his wife Cynthia, who have made the visit to Greenspond annually for four decades, from New York State. They discuss their love for the island, its people, and religion. Then, it is off to Ship Island, and a visit with Linda Whi...
Catherine & Jenna work with Birds Canada, through their Bird Atlas program, tracking and recording all types of birds throughout the province, even in extreme remote locations. They, and their team, set out on a five-week wilderness trip to collect this data during this past Summer. We hosted them prior to their trip and again, upon their return, when we had them sit down with host Darren Sheppard to share their stores of their latest data collecting. Catherine & Jenna, who are based ...
We return to Ida’s Place in Greenspond, for conversation and stories about Greenspond, the people who live and work there, and those who choose to call it home, if only for the warmer months. Recorded live in the fishing stage behind Ida’s Place, Host Darren Sheppard sits down with Ida’s Place owner Heather Gordon, and gets an update on what the past year as brought to her famous tea house. He also chats with Ida Winter, who is one of the Ida’s of Ida’s Place, and who was born in the house it...
Host Darren Sheppard discusses the IBEC Cape Freels Species at Risk Shorebird Project that the organization is currently working on. He sits down with Project Coordinator Kaylene Stagg, a resident of Cape Freels, who is the main spearhead for the Project. Darren and Kaylene discuss what the Project involves, how the public can assist, the social media impact, and other related topics. One of the easiest shows we've done, since it is about us! Lots of information about shorebirds, species at r...
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