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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 […]

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.

Tues. Apr. 15: Ringing Here and There: A Nature Calendar

RINGING HERE & THERE: A NATURE CALENDAR By Brian Bartlett Book Launch & Reading Tues, Apr 15, 7:00 pm Spring Garden Road Memorial Library

Thursday, March 27: Landbirds at Risk in Forested Landscapes of Nova Scotia

This talk by Dal ornithologist Cindy Stacier to the NS Bird Society will be of interest to many HFNers. “There are 5 species of Landbirds at risk which breed in the forested landscapes of Nova Scotia: Canada Warbler, Chimney Swift, Common Nighthawk, Olive-sided Flycatcher and Rusty Blackbird. This talk will present a summary of their […]

HFN joins the Backlands Coalition

The Backlands, sometimes known as the Pucell’s Cove Backlands, are lands enclosed by Herring Cove and Purcell’s Cove Roads, extending from Williams Lake at the northwest to Power’s Pond at the southeast. Protecting as much as possible of the Backlands would add an important chunk to the set of protected areas and parks on the […]

Lemmings fuel biggest snowy-owl migration in 50 years

A snowy-owl bonanza, thanks to a stubby-legged Arctic rodent: the lemming. Article by Darryl Fears for the Washington Post Guardian Weekly, Monday 24 February 2014. Read article

Mon Mar 24: Sean Basquill on Karst: Rare plant communities

Sean Basquill will give a presentation to the N.S. Wild Flora Society on “Karst: Rare plant communities, characteristic rare plants and ecological determinants” at 7:30 pm at Auditorium, N.S. Museum of Natural History, Summer St., Halifax, all welcome. See NS Wild Flora Society

If you missed HFN Members’ Photo Night…

A highlight was definitely a moving collection of photos by Lesley-Jane Butters. She has given us permission to post them for all. See Lesley-Jane’s Nature Close-Up

A Rare Plant Community in the Backlands

The Williams Lake Conservation Company has issued a report which documents the plant communities of the Williams Lake backlands. Prominent amongst them: the rare, Jack Pine/Broom Crowberry barrens. These are well known to NS Wild Flora Society folks because the best stands anywhere occur on the Halifax mainland, but they are nationally unique, occurring only […]

Quick Read on Climate Change

Climate Change: Evidence and Causes (PDF Booklet) ( 2014 ) available at US:National Academy of Sciences & UK Royal Society. A quick, sobering read.

Thurs, Mar. 6: AGM & Members’ Photo Night

The Halifax Field Naturalists’ brief AGM takes place first. It includes reports of HFN’s business and activities over the past 12 months, election of the next Board of Directors, and presentation of the Colin Stewart Conservation Award. Then it is time to view and hear about a variety of members’ chosen photos. Read more