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Nov 25: Sable Island story on CBC

CBC’s Land & Sea show about the ecology of Sable Island, broadcast earlier today, is available online.

Tues. Nov. 13th: Public Consultation for McIntosh Run Trail

The upper part of the MacIntosh Run begins at the outflow from Long Lake and goes through residential neighbourhoods. The lower part goes through the backlands and flows into the sea at Herring Cove. The McIntosh Run Watershed Association has built an active transportation trail alongside the upper part of the run. They envisage extending […]

Bob & Wendy McDonald honored

Long time HFNers Bob & Wendy McDonald were honored with Haliwards for being ” the energy behind moving trail development and construction in North West Halifax.” Read more. They are also past recipients of HFN’s Colin Stewart Conservation Award.

Growing pressure to protect Purcell’s Backlands

CBCL Limited consultants asked for feedback on proposals to extend water & sewage along Purcell’s Cove Road. At a packed meeting on Oct 29th, participants expressed clearly “not needed, not wanted” and called on HRM to conserve the Purcell’s Cove Backlands for wildlife and wilderness recreation. More..

Thurs. Nov. 1: St. Mary’s River… A Ribbon of Green

During this talk, Karen McKendry, of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, will share some of the features of the glorious properties protected along the river, describing the Nature Trust’s work in this region, and revealing some new findings on the history of forest recovery there. 7:30 p.m. at the NSMNH. Read more

Monday Oct 29th: Imp. meeting affecting Purcell’s Backlands

The Williams Lake Conservation Company urges residents of and visitors to the Williams Lake/Purcell/s Backlands area to participate in discussions that will affect the future of this area: Monday October 29, 2012, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Captain William Spry Community Centre, Multi-purpose Room 16 Sussex St., Spryfield. See Announcement

Friday Oct 19th: Farmed Salmon vs. Wild

Ransom A. Myers Lecture in Science & Society: “Farmed Salmon vs. Wild”, by Alexandra Morton, Founder & Director of the Rainforest Research Society, Simoom Sound, BC. Potter Auditorium, Rowe Building, 6100 University Avenue, 7:00 pm. “Coastline will be an aquaculture dump site, marine biologist warns” (Chronicle Herald)

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 Blue Beach Fossil Field Trip

We will spend 45 minutes in the Fossil Museum viewing various displays, hearing about life 350 million years ago, and about creatures’ bodily remains and their trackways, from BBFM Curator & Tour Guide, Chris Mansky. We’ll also hear about evolution’s greatest mystery – the transition of life from water onto land, and about common fossils […]

Troop Island Protected

A campaign to raise $820,000 to purchase 28 acres of Troop Island in St. Margaret’s Bay has been successful through the efforts of the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association, the Nova Scotia Nature Trust and many volunteers and donors. The island boasts beautiful beaches, old growth forest, intertidal marsh lands, a rich bird life, a […]

St. Mary’s River weekend rescheduled for Oct. 13 &14

Ah, the challenges of visiting a floodplain! The weekend of walks on the St. Mary’s River on Sept. 29 & 30 was cancelled due to extremely high water levels flooding the area. We are tentatively rescheduling for the weekend of Oct. 13 &14, weather dependent. The water levels continue to be high, but could drop. […]

All the Birds of Nova Scotia

Ian McLarenn’s Just released book makes interesting reading for nature folk. It’s not a guide, but focusses on “the finer details of occurrence and identification… readers can find answers to questions such as: Where does the bird normally occur? Is it common or rare, or becoming more, or less, common? Is it unusually late or […]

Large polypore mushrooms on Halifax Oaks

Some spectacular polypore mushrooms have been spotted on or by old Halifax Oaks, as reported for Nature Notes yesterday evening. View Pics