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Birding By Ear Workshop June 3-5

Learning bird songs can be daunting but even experienced birders spend time each spring tuning their ears to the songs they already know. This workshop will jump start your audio-recall by teaching the basics of how to listen, how to recognize song types for common bird families, and how to start building a song repertoire for Nova Scotia. Most importantly, our focus will be on in-the-field learning and on having fun outside! Workshops will take place over the course of 3 days at the Harrison Lewis Coastal Discovery Centre. See BirdingByEar.
Several other workshops, e.g. June 24-26: The Woods Around Us with Jamie Simpson, Backyard Forestry, July 15-17: Plein air watercolour painting with Poppy Balser, September 9-11: Writing from nature (with Harry Thurston) will be of interest to HFN members and friends. See HLC workshops

Thursday, May 19: The Purcell’s Cove Granite Quarries

Granite QuarriesIllustrated Presentation by Cole Grabinsky and Rachael Groat, Graduates, School of Planning, Dalhousie University.(Supervisor: John Zuck of Purcell’s Cove)
When: Thursday May 19th 7:30 PM
Where: Purcells Cove Social Club, 505 Purcells Cove Rd, Halifax.
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Conrad Beach: highest levels of dogs being off leash

A CBC news item reports on studies by Bird Studies Canada monitoring the rate at which owners leash their dogs at provincial beaches, the focus of concern being piping plovers. “We’ve seen the highest levels of dogs being off leash at Conrad’s Beach in Halifax and Martinique, as well as Glace Bay beach.” Read CBC news item

Catch a hands-on session for the Green Network Map before our Thurs Mtg

Our HRM Alliance is hosting a session to help anyone give input on the Green Network Online Map at the Ecology Action Centre on Thursday May 5. They will also be offering pizza :) 4:30—7:00. (Drop in anytime at your convenience.) Ecology Action Centre, 2705 Fern Lane, Halifax

THURSDAY, MAY 5: MYSTERIOUS EASTER ISLAND

Based on her travels to Rapa Nui in 2015, in her photographic presentation HFN member Barbara O’Shea will discuss some of the mystery surrounding the island, along with a few current theories used to explain and understand the history of Rapa Nui and its moai. 7:30 p.m. at the NSMNH (All Welcome) Read more

Green Network Maps are now available online

From Our HRM Alliance:

The Green Network Maps are now available online. Please share with your networks and ask people to leave positive comments for the natural areas you care about that the maps have recognized as valuable.

It’s a big, interactive map so you will want to use a good internet connection. Here is the map: http://engage.o2design.com/halifax/engagemap2/
There are seven maps, but the most impressive is the Indispensable Patterns & Highest Ecological Values. With the right implementation, that would make an amazing greenbelt. Read more »

Colin Stewart Conservation Award 2016


David Patriquin (left) is presented with the Colin Stewart Conservation Award by Richmond Campbell

At the April meeting of HFN, the Colin Stewart Conservation Award for 2016 was given to HFN member David Patriquin. From the presentation: “My nomination is based on three categories of unremunerated conservation effort: (1) Protection of the Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area under the NS Wilderness Areas Protection Act (achieved in October 2011); (2) leadership in the development and maintenance of more than a dozen community-based volunteer environmental organizations at the provincial, regional, and local levels; Read more »

Thursday, Apr. 7: Maritime Butterfly Atlas Final Report

Director John Klymko will discuss project highlights, including new records and insights into the conservation status of our Nova Scotia butterflies. He will also provide an update on what’s next for the project. 7:30 p.m. at the NSMNH. Read more

Halifax Green Network Plan Consultations: critical sessions coming up

We encourage everyone who values our green spaces to attend a session which run from March 30 to April 7. NEW INFO (Apr 2): The maps and other info and opportunities for online comment will be available online on Monday April 4, 2016.

From www.halifax.ca/HalifaxGreenNetwork/EngagementEvents.php:

“The second phase of public engagement for the new Halifax Green Network Plan gets underway on Wednesday, March 30. This phase of work will be critical in shaping the core planning directions for the conservation and use of both public and privately-owned open space lands and waters.

“Over the next month [actually over 9 days] the municipality and consultants from O2 Planning + Design will host eight public engagement meetings. Each session will begin with a presentation of the work to date, key findings and proposed broad-scale planning directions. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and an open house session to gather further feedback. This input will then shape the third and final phase of the Plan’s development, which will commence later this spring.

“We hope you can join us at one or more of the following sessions:

“Fall River – Sackville
Wednesday, March 30, 6 – 9 p.m.
Gordon R. Snow Community Centre, 1359 Fall River Rd.

“Halifax Peninsula
Thursday, March 31, 6 – 9 p.m.
Atlantica Hotel, 1980 Robie St.
Read more »

A short film on biomass harvesting

The case against clearcutting forest for electricity could hardly be stated more succinctly or more believably. View film

“Give our forests back to the people”

So goes the headline for an op-ed by HFN member and Colin Stewart Conservation Award winner Bob Bancroft in today’s CH. “Centuries ago, Maritime forests loomed over freshwater shores; tall, vibrant, thick and strong. Early European settlers grumbled about spending dismal days in forests with sunlight cut off by thick overhead canopies of leaves and needles… read more

25000+ sign on to anti-biomass petition

clearcut for biomassAn Anti-Biomass Petition (“Stop destroying Nova Scotia’s forests for biomass power generation”) has garnered more than 25000 signatures in less than 10 days. Started by a St. Margaret’s Bay resident, it elicited a Bruce McKinnon editorial cartoon in the CH. Read more in CH. The petition remains open.