A draft of the Halifax Green Network Planning and Implementation Strategy and “Plan Primer” have been released by HRM and go to Regional Council today (March 23, 2017) to be approved for upcoming public consultations. It is expected those consultations will take place in April. The Primer provides a good overview of the Green Network plan, with lots of maps. It’s recommended reading!
Join us, 7:30 pm on Thursday Feb 2, 2017 at the NS Museum of Natural History on Summer Street for a very Canadian presentation. Gavin Mason, coastal geoscientist at BIO, will talk about our 300,000 km of coastline, elaborating on the geomorphology (the study of the origin and evolution of the earth’s landforms, both on the continents and within the ocean basins), the processes, and the characteristics of Canada’s coasts. Enter by the side door by the Parking Lot. Read more
At our first regular meeting of 2017, award-winning author Bob Chaulk talks about the historic seal hunt during the period of the ‘wooden walls’, after the steamships SS Bloodhound and SS Wolf brought wholesale change to an old industry, beginning in 1863. Bob tells about the dangerous and desperate lives of the men – young, ill-clad, brave and cheery men of iron who pursued the seals, and the ships which carried them, too often, to their deaths. Many of the ships figure prominently in the Arctic and Antarctic exploration activities of men like Shackleton, Scott, and Nansen. One of them even became the logo for a chain of popular boutiques!
7:30 p.m. at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax. All welcome
A lengthy article in the LocalXpress includes interviews with local birding authorities Eric Mills, David Currie and Ian McLaren to give a local context to the continent-wide declines in songbirds and seabirds which have been highlighted recently. It’s informative if somewhat sober reading. View PAUL SCHNEIDEREIT: Is this the global swan song for seabirds and songbirds?
Kristina Boerder, a PhD student from Dalhousie University, will tell us about how she is making movements of fishing vessels visible (even when they are out of sight!) using satellite technology in ecologically important areas of our world’s oceans.
7:30 p.m. at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History.
GOOD NEWS: Halifax regional council moves ahead with proposed Purcells Cove park.
See Metro News
“It is recommended that Halifax Regional Council direct staff to:
1. Proceed with negotiations to acquire the lands (PID 00052407) and return to Regional Council for consideration of the key terms and conditions for the 379 acres that address the following:
a. Suitable acquisition terms… Read more »
Halifax council will be presenting a recommendation Sept 20 on whether to approve a proposal by the Nature Conservancy of Canada to acquire almost 400 acres of land in the Williams Lake backlands and set it aside indefinitely as a wilderness preserve.
Please visit the Urban Wilderness Park Website for more about the proposal and how to support it by writing to Mayor and Councillors.
The 1500 letters paid off…”Regional councillors roundly rejected a June report that would have allowed development in the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes area.” Read more in Global news Report
Your help is needed to protect what could be the largest urban park in all of Canada. The long-promised but yet-to-be-delivered Blue Mountain Birch Cove Regional Park is under threat. It could be a mini-Keji for Halifax, but a terrible report from an independent facilitator, released in June, is recommending that a massive urban sprawl development be allowed inside the core of the future park. Immediately following the release of the flawed Independent Facilitator’s Report, Councillor Reg Rankin quickly put forward a very bad three-part motion for council to debate and a vote on. After several delays his motion comes up for the big vote at Council this Tuesday, Sept. 6th. Read more
There will be a public information session to learn more about the opportunity to acquire 379 acres of pristine centrally located land in the Williams Lake-Colpitt Lake area as Halifax’s largest wilderness park.
OPEN HOUSE DETAILS:
DATE: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
LOCATION: Captain William Spry Community Centre,
16 Sussex Street, Spryfield, Halifax NS
Some background and information is available
GLOBAL NEWS AT 6 HALIFAX
August 25 2016 5:07pm 02:01
Also: Nature Conservancy of Canada wants new Halifax urban wilderness park (Global news video)
In exchange for quality time on a beautiful South Shore beach, we are looking for two to four volunteers to help with workshops and other events at the Harrison Lewis Centre. August 24-29, August 31-Sept. 4 (Labour Day Weekend), Sept. 8-12, and Sept. 22-25. Duties are primarily of a house-keeping nature as the Centre prepares for hosting students or researchers, looking after up to 24 people in residence, and restoring the Centre to order after each of the groups leaves. Pick a weekend or all. Give us four hours of help each day and the rest of the time is yours to read a book, walk on the beach, appreciate the natural surroundings, or perhaps simply “cool out.” Your cabin in the woods promises restful nights.
For board we offer groceries and a pick of the garden, along with access to a fully equipped kitchen in which to prepare your own meals.
FBook: Harrison Lewis Coastal Discovery Centre
John Brownlie, an HFNer from way back, is organizing naturalist outings in the Parrsboro area on Saturdays. “There is an event every Saturday except during the Gem and Mineral Show on the 20th of August when the Fundy Geological Museum is offering a variety of geology and dinosaur excursions. For all events but one, we meet at the Fundy Geological Museum at 1:00 pm and then proceed from there by car caravan to the site of our exploration. All sites are within 15 km of Parrsboro…These excursions are family oriented. We don’t walk more than a couple of km at most and events last for about one and a half hours.” See Events for Aug 13-Sep 24, 2016