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Halifax Green Network Public Consultations May 30 – June 20, 2015

“Halifax Regional Council has identified the need for a strategic vision and a planning & implementation framework for protecting and managing open space. The public is being asked to give input into the plan. Here’s a list of the upcoming public engagement opportunities. Please join us. We want to hear from you!”

Saturday, May 30th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Pop-Up Event
Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax
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7 new insect species found in the Maritimes

CBC PicCBC News (May 27, 2015): “A two-year study conducted by scientists at the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre in Sackville found seven pollinators, never before recorded in the Maritimes. The survey was conducted in southwestern Nova Scotia to document species of bee (Apoidea) and flower fly (Syrphidae). John Klymko, a zoologist at the centre, who lead the study, said the project was important because of the lack of information about pollinators in the region.” View story

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 »


“Solving the Great Titanic Headstone Mystery” In Halifax, 150 victims of the sinking of the Titanic lie buried beneath identical black granite headstones. 15 years ago, when one of these headstones was damaged, the Halifax Regional Municipality sought to replace it. Because there is no historical record about the source quarry, its location has to be found scientifically. In this presentation, retired Dalhousie geology professor Dr. Barrie Clarke will describe the Sherlock Holmesian techniques of sleuthing through cemeteries, repositioning of relatives, fumbling through forests, and labouring in laboratories to collect enough forensic evidence to locate the quarry. Read more 7:30 P.M. at the NSMNH


The Halifax Field Naturalists will partner with the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History (NSMNH) to hold a Members’ Art Exhibit. Its official opening will take place at 6:45 p.m., prior to HFN’s regular meeting, on the main floor of the Museum. The NSMNH is HFN’s public home and the perfect place to hold this exhibit in celebration of HFN’s 40th Anniversary. It is also a unique way to showcase the artistic pursuits of some HFN members. The exhibit will run until September 27th, 2015, so plan to visit with your family and friends!

Nature Trust on HFN’s 40th

The NSNT featured an article about “HFN and its 40 years” and it was in their January 2015 Landlines e-newsletter: Updates From the Forefront of Land Conservation in Nova Scotia. It is reproduced below with permission of NSNT.

Janet Dalton, President of HFN, presents $5000 Pledge to Karen McKendry of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust. Photo by Keith Vaughan.

This year, the Halifax Field Naturalists (HFN) are celebrating an amazing and productive 40 years of natural history education and conservation advocacy. In addition to monthly field trips and natural history presentations, they publish reports and a quarterly newsletter, and get involved with conservation initiatives. Read about the HFN’s 40 year history in a recent op-ed by HFN member Richard Beazley. Read more »