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Dal Geologist on Fracking in Nova Scotia: Only a Matter of Time

In a submission to the N.S. Hydraulic Fracturing Panel, Dr. Barrie Clarke lays out some of the processes involved in movement of fracking fluids and concludes “Poisoning of the groundwater again in Nova Scotia could, therefore, become the undesirable 2114 legacy of a fracking time-bomb set in 2014.” Read more

Sunday, Apr. 6: Laurie Park Hike

Come and enjoy an early spring hike in one of Nova Scotia’s Provincial Parks. Located on Grand Lake, this park was extensively renovated in 2011, and Shirley McIntyre, a long-time HFN member, will lead you through it. (Note it was originally scheduled for Saturday with Sun as rain date.. so now it’s set for Sunday.) Read more

Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz – Please join!

copyright Richard Orr - this is a thumbnail versionHave you heard a squeaky-hinge song lately, or seen a flash of rust-tipped feathers under a bright yellow eye? Although occasionally overlooked as “just another blackbird,” Rusty Blackbirds face an unfortunate and remarkable notoriety: this species has endured a decline more severe than that of any other once-common landbird – 85-95% in the past 40 years. The Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz challenges birders to scour the landscape for Rusty Blackbirds during this species’ northward migration. Read more

April 16, 2014: Why Are Our Birds Dying?

From EAC: Why Are Our Birds Dying? By Dr. Richard Elliot, Director of Wildlife Research, Science and Technology Branch, Environment Canada. Last year, Dr. Elliot authored a paper which listed the main causes of bird mortality, from windows to pesticides. The top cause was cats, with the authors estimating that anywhere from 190 to 400 million birds are killed each year in Canada by cats. Join us at 7:00pm on April 16, 2014 at Saint Mary’s University Scotiabank Theatre to learn more! For more information, contact Mark Butler at EAC 429-5287 or

How Wolves Changed An Entire Ecosystem

When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park after being absent nearly 70 years, something astounding happened. View Video

Thurs, Apr. 3: East African Safarri

At our regular monthly meeting, Peter and Gillian Webster will talk about their June, 2013 trip to the Masai Mara, Serengeti, and other national parks in Kenya and Tanzania. Read more »