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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.

    NS Nature Trust seeking help to secure land in Rogue’s Roost area

    Rogue Roost, Chronicle Herald 8 June 2015A front page article in the Chronicle Herald features efforts of The Nova Scotia Nature Trust to acquire a critical piece of land in the Rogues Roost Wilderness Area. The Nature Trust will be hosting a conservation showcase event on June 18 at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to talk about the Rogues Roost campaign and accept donations. Read more in the Chronicle Herald