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“Give our forests back to the people”

So goes the headline for an op-ed by HFN member and Colin Stewart Conservation Award winner Bob Bancroft in today’s CH. “Centuries ago, Maritime forests loomed over freshwater shores; tall, vibrant, thick and strong. Early European settlers grumbled about spending dismal days in forests with sunlight cut off by thick overhead canopies of leaves and […]

25000+ sign on to anti-biomass petition

An Anti-Biomass Petition (“Stop destroying Nova Scotia’s forests for biomass power generation”) has garnered more than 25000 signatures in less than 10 days. Started by a St. Margaret’s Bay resident, it elicited a Bruce McKinnon editorial cartoon in the CH. Read more in CH. The petition remains open.

Thursday, Mar. 3: Members’ PHOTO NIGHT & AGM

The Annual General Meeting takes place first. It includes reports of HFN business and activities over the past 12 months, and also the election of the next Board of Directors. Then it is ‘show time’ for viewing and hearing about a wide variety of members’ photos. 7:30 p.m. at the NSMNH Read More

Nova Scotia reaches 12%+ Protected

“The government announced Tuesday the designation of more than 100 properties as wilderness areas, nature reserves and parks. The move meets the call of the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act to protect at least 12 per cent by 2015.” Read more in Chronicle Herald

THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2016: MID-CENTURY ARCTIC RESEARCH

Drawing from his 12-year experience in Nunavut, HFN member Dr. Ian McLaren will give an illustrated talk about his adventures and research during the 1950s-early 60s. Read more

THURSDAY, DEC. 3, 2015: OCEAN TRACKING NETWORK& HOLIDAY SOCIAL

The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) is a global telemetry infrastructure which documents aquatic animals, linking their movements and survival to their environmental conditions. Headquartered at Dalhousie… LEARN ALL ABOUT IT on Dec 3 and join our social afterwards. Read more

Sunday Nov 29, 2015: March for the Planet

All across the world people are coming together to hit the streets on November 29th — hours before the most important climate summit this decade, taking place in Paris (COP21)…The Halifax march will begin at 1pm. We’ll start at Victoria Park… Read More in Halifax Media Co-op

THURSDAY, NOV. 5, 2015: BIRDS OF FLORIDA

HFN member Keith Vaughan will present images of native birds of Florida, which he photographed in the wild during a three-week adventure in the Spring of 2014. Read more

HRM Staff release Interim Report on the Green Network Plan

This first Interim Report on the Green Network Plan will be discussed at a meeting of the COMMUNITY PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STANDING COMMITTEE on Thursday Oct 15 in the Council Chamber, City Hall, viewable online. The full interim report is available in sections at http://www.halifax.ca/HalifaxGreenNetwork/Themes.php. View Agenda for the Thursday meeting. View Item 8.3.2 […]

Prominent Nocturne piece explores development at HRM’s Wildland-Urban Interface

One of the top five Media Arts Projects at Nocturne 2015 is a piece by Susan Tooke about choices that transform our landscapes in HRM. 3B:BACKLANDS, BADLANDS, BURBS explores the destruction of natural habitat by the encroaching development of our precious, wild Backlands on the Halifax south mainland. 3B will be shown in front of […]

40 years of hikes on Martinique Beach

HFN founding member Scott Cunningham led an 8 or so km walk on Martinique Beach today (Oct 4) for approximately 35 participants, repeating the very first HFN hike forty years ago. The sun shone, the spring tides had scattered quahogs and kelps on the beach, “peeps” (in this case sanderlings, semipalmated plovers, semipalmated sandpipers and […]

We’re 40 now!

Approximately 100 people attended HFN’s 40th Birthday celebration held at the clubhouse of the Ashburn Golf Club in Halifax on Thursday evening, Oct. 1. Highlights were a talk by poet and nature writer Harry Thurston, the cutting of the cake by Debra Burleson (one of the seven signers of the Memorandum of Association in 1975) […]