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Hike the Greenbelt: Great Events continue

A host of exciting excursions coming up:
Wednesday, July 29, PADDLE, PORTAGE AND CAMP: OTTER LAKE—SALMON RIVER LONG LAKE—SOLDIER LAKE—MILLER LAKEPortage
Saturday, August 01, HIKE AND SWIM: SANDY LAKE
Sunday, August 02, PADDLE: BLUE MOUNTAIN BIRCH COVE LAKES
Monday, August 03, COLE HARBOUR HERITAGE PARK
Saturday, August 08, BIKE: HALIFAX URBAN GREENWAY—CHAIN OF LAKES TRAIL—BLT TRAIL
Sunday, August 09, BIKE: OLD SAINT MARGARET’S BAY ROAD
Monday, August 10, PADDLE: INGRAM RIVER
Wednesday, August 12, RUN OR HIKE: THE BLUFF TRAILS
Saturday, August 15, SAIL: SAINT MARGARET’S BAY
Sunday, August 16, HIKE—MCINTOSH RUN

SATURDAY, JULY 25: HEMLOCK HILL CONSERVATION LANDS HIKE (ST. MARY’S RIVER)

Join the Nova Scotia Nature Trust and the Halifax Field Naturalists for a guided hike to explore this beautiful property on the St. Mary’s River, north of Sherbrooke. Learn about the endangered species of birds and turtles that rely on this river, and experience the old growth forest and floodplain forest found on the property. This property has no trail – the hike will be moderately challenging.
Contact: Karen McKendry, 902-425-5263; Karen@nsnt.ca

NS Nature Trust seeking support to protect key land in Rogues Roost

Rogues RoostFrom NSNT: We have more exciting conservation news to share! In June, the Nature Trust launched a campaign to protect an internationally known and much loved coastal wilderness icon–Rogues Roost.

The stunning 1200 hectare coastal wilderness is nestled midway between Chester and Halifax on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. At the centre of this wilderness, at the entry to the infamous hidden cove frequented by pirates and other rogues in days gone by, and sailors and paddlers today, is an ‘inholding’ of privately owned land, known as Roost Pond… Read More

Kick-off for Hike the Greenbelt Sat July 18, 2015

“Join us for a celebratory send-off in Point Pleasant Park to start the Hike the Greenbelt Project! Pack a lunch and kayak with us to McNabs Island to join the Friends of McNabs annual picnic, with guided tours, children’s activities, and musical acts!” Details.

Events continue until Aug. 16th. You can sign up for any event. Check it out: www.ourhrmalliance.ca/hike/ The goal is to get out as many people, from as many walks of life, as possible. Here’s the map:Hike the Greenbelt

Nature Writing Class at SMU

The Writer and Nature
English 2318.1 — Saint Mary’s University, Halifax
Fridays – 10:00-12:30
Sept.-Dec. 2015
Instructor: Brian Bartlett
You can drive out nature with a pitch fork
but it always comes roaring back again – Tom Waits
This course is centered on “nature writing” in the U.S. and Britain over the past two centuries. Read more »

Two of HFN Founders still at it

Two of the HFN founders, Paul and Cathy Keddy, are featured in “Gifted, Naturally”, an article in the July issue of Ottawa Magazine. The article by Moira Farr, well illustrated with colour photos by By David Tratiles, describes how Paul and Cathy “spent decades buying up Iand in Lamark County. Then they gave it all away.” View HFN History | View Ottawa Magazine (The Ottawa Magazine tells me that an electronic version will be available on the web in the next weeks – I will post a link to it when it is… – David P)

Wed July 15, 2015: Shark Night

Twenty-eight species of shark have been reported across Canada’s Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans. Close to half of them are threatened, but still many Canadians don’t know that sharks are at home in our waters. Attend a keynote presentation by Dr. Nigel Hussey (University of Windsor), an expert on the mysterious Greenland shark. Wednesday, July 15, 2015 7:00 – 10:00 pm at Potter Auditorium, Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Ave, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Please RSVP by Monday, July 13, 2015 to Chris Chaplin
416-669-9155 or cchaplin@wwfcanada.org

Nova Scotia Nature Writing and Art Contest for Youth

NatureArtWritingPoster1000 Nature Nova Scotia, the Young Naturalists Club of Nova Scotia and the Wildland Writers are sponsoring a Nature Writing and Art Contest for Nova Scotian youth ages 8 – 15 years. Submissions may be a written piece (shortstory, non fiction, poetry ,etc.) OR an original artwork (painting, drawing, collage, etc.) that is inspired by:

  • native plants or animals of Nova Scotia (native means a species that occurs naturally in a region)
  • an adventure, personal moment, or happy experience in Nova Scotia’s wild places (lake, river, ocean, forest, trail)
  • an injustice that impacts nature in Nova Scotia
  • Entries must be submitted by October 31, 2015. View Rules and Poster for more details.

    Calling all Naturalists! Biota Survey at Otter Pond Demo. Forest June 27

    Calling all Naturalists! Biota Survey at Otter Pond Demo. Forest June 27
    “Please join us for a day in the woods at Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest. A biota survey will take place on Saturday June 27th – and we’d like your help! The site is located roughly an hour and a half from Halifax, near the community of Mooseland, in the interior of the Eastern Shore.

    “Our goal is to increase our knowledge about the property’s flora and fauna. Naturalists with various interests are invited to participate. Please bring along field guides, GPS, binoculars, sturdy waterproof footwear, snacks, water, and insect repellent. The survey will take place throughout the day. We intend to focus on four areas of interest: hardwood drumlins, softwood lowlands, wetlands, and a core area of old forest that hasn’t been harvested since the late 1800′s. Read more »

    100 Islands Celebration


    At the NS Nature Trust 2015 Conservation Showcase held at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on June 18, 2015, NS Nature Trust personnel said that their 7M$ project to protect private lands in the 100 islands Campaign is now almost 90% funded and that they have protected more than 5000 acres. Minister of Environment, Randy Delorey announced that the Province has now legally protected the Eastern Shore Islands Wilderness Area which is 4600 acreas.  “Together, we are protecting a globally significant island wilderness, at a scale that neither the province nor the Nature Trust could do on its own,” said Delorey. Read more »

    Most past HFN newsletters now searchable

    newsletterThe Halifax Field Naturalists have published a newsletter, generally four per year, since its inception in 1975. Most of the past HFN Newsletters (The Halifax Field Naturalist) have now been scanned into a text-readable PDF format, and are available on this website. (The most recent 3 years are available only as print copies distributed to members.) Browse issues or conduct a search of issues at Archived Newsletters. Today I was asked about a 1970s report on Halifax City trees; I found it quickly by searching for “Norway Maple”. – David P

    HFN Art Exhibit runs ’till Sep. 27

    Charlie Cron PicThe Halifax Field Naturalists have partnered with the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History to hold a Members’ Art Exhibit in celebration of the 40th anniversary of our founding. The official opening took place at the Museum on June 4th. The exhibit will run until September 27th, 2015, so plan to visit with your family and friends! View a few pics from the opening.