The Biodiversity Landowner’s Guide (BioLOG) was first created in 2014 by the School for Resource and Environmental Studies (SRES) at Dalhousie University with financial support from the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC). The website was designed and created by a team of computer science students from Dalhousie’s Faculty of Computer Science as part of a ‘Community Service’ course. Kate Goodale, then extension officer with SRES, managed the project, and developed the original drawings, photos and content, with input and guidance from Dr. Kate Sherren. Regular feedback was provided from a steering group including DNR, DUC, the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture (NSFA), Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture, Nova Scotia Environment, and Nature Conservancy of Canada. The NSFA became the long-term web host for BioLOG in November 2014.
In early 2015, Species at Risk Partnership on Agricultural Land (SARPAL) funding to NSFA from Environment Canada (EC) allowed the website to be expanded to include extension information about Species at Risk commonly found on farms. Content was developed collaboratively by the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI), NSFA, DNR, EC and Simon Greenland-Smith, extension officer and project manager again based within the Sherren lab at SRES. The BioLOG website thus represents the interests and intellects of a substantial community of interest around biodiversity on private land in Nova Scotia, facilitated by Dalhousie.