In an editorial for the current issue of the Proceedings of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science (PNSIS), Editors Peter Wells and David Richardson comment on cutbacks in federally funded environmental monitoring programs and highlight “the pivotal role of citizen science, particularly when it is directed at monitoring the various natural environments in Canada and in our region. Such activity by non-government organizations (NGOs) is no longer just a valued supplement to government sponsored programs; in many cases, it has replaced them. However, this situation raises some questions, to be pondered by members of NSIS and the broad environmental community….” The Halifax Field Naturalists are cited as one of the organizations in Nova Scotia pursuing and promoting citizen science and keeping records and are complimented on their 40th anniversary. Read Editorial (posted with permission of NSIS).
Matt Miller of the Ecology Action Centre will talk about Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest (OPDF), in Mooseland, on the Eastern Shore. It’s a community forest project where a 1500 acre parcel of Crown land is being managed cooperatively by 4 NGOs (EAC, Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators, Eastern Shore Forest Watch and Mooseland Community Association). The first of its kind in Nova Scotia! Their mission is to demonstrate the philosophy, science, and practice of uneven-aged management in the Acadian Forest. They produce timber for market using the best forest practices presently known, while protecting wildlife habitat and the Tangier River watershed, respecting the ecosystem services provided by the parcel, and enhancing the social and cultural value of the forest. Management practices are certified to the Forest Stewardship Council’s Maritime Standard. This presentation is being made to the NS Wild Flora Society with cooperation of HFN. All welcome! HFN/NSWFS plan a field trip to the site in the summer or fall. 7:30 p.m. at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
An Op-ed in the Chronicle Herald by HFN member Richard Beazley reviews some of HFNs accomplishments and activities and invites members of the public to our 40th anniversary events and, of course, to become members of the Halifax Field Naturalists. View article
HFB received a Special Invitation: Please make plans to attend : A Press Conference and Rally in support of the Final Report of the Doelle–Lahey Independent Panel on Aquaculture Regulations. It is a ground breaking Report which calls for major regulatory reform of the aquaculture industry in Nova Scotia from top to bottom . It is good and must be supported and implemented in its totality without delay .
Where : The Lord Nelson Hotel
When : 12 noon – Thursday, January 8th – one hour in duration Read more »
An article by Zack Metcalfe on Halifax media Co-op highlights our need to respect the significance of coastal habitat. “The piping plover is an excellent example of how dangerous unintended consequences can be, everything from taking your four-wheeler down the beach to enjoying a fire in the sand with friends and family. Public awareness of the piping plover’s plight could be its last best hope for survival.” Read more