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Bob Bancroft: Time to clean house at Natural Resources

In the Saturday Chronicle Herald, Bob Bancroft, wildlife biologist, Chair of Nature NS, and co-author of the 2010 report Restoring the Health of Nova Scotia Forests writes that “…protected areas need to be connected by ecologically healthy working forests over about 60 per cent of the province. Quality forests would replace prices like $8.20 per […]

HFN Members’ Art Exhibit – call for entries

HFN is partnering with the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History to hold a Members’ Art Exhibit. The exhibit will open on June 4th prior to our regular “talk.” Members are invited to submit one piece of art related to nature or natural history. All forms of art are welcome; some examples are: basket making, […]

Sharing Halifax space with wildlife

Unlike most Canadian cities, the urban core of Halifax is surrounded not by farms or endless burbs but by forested and coastal landscapes. Even within 30 kilometres of downtown Halifax, where approximately three-quarters of the population resides, developed areas are interspersed with substantive wild spaces. An article in the Nova Scotia Naturally series in the […]

Bees of Canada

Margarita Miklasevskaja, Jakov Musafija and Laurence Packer of the Department of Biology at York University have set up an image database for the Bees of Canada View Image Database

Birds At Risk

“Birds At Risk is a half hour documentary that travels to birding hotspots around Nova Scotia to examine the health of our bird populations. The film introduces a passionate group of birdwatchers, biologists and volunteers that are playing an important role in the scientific research that is critical to keeping bird species alive.” See the […]

Jellification of our lakes

Studies by Jon Smol and colleagues at Queens University on lakes in Nova Scotia and Ontario reveal a very worrisome trend – a change in the phytoplankton species associated with declining calcium levels. “Without calcium entering the lakes in run-off, some crustaceans at the base of the aquatic food chain, which make their exoskeletons from […]

THURSDAY DEC. 4, 2014: The Right to a Healthy Environment

Jamie Simpson, Executive Director of the East Coast Environmental Law Association, will talk about what the right to a legally binding healthy environment would mean for Nova Scotians, and outline the impacts it has had elsewhere in the world. This will be followed by our traditional Holiday Social. Read more

Clearcutting the neighborhood – a community fights back

K’JIPUKTUK, HALIFAX – We will soon find out what happens when local residents say no to clearcutting in their community. The community in question is Round Hill, just a fifteen minute drive from Annapolis Royal. It’s a lovely spot. Nestled along the Annapolis River, you immediately sense that it is rich in history. And there […]

HRM puts out RFP for Greenbelting & Public Open Space Priorities Plan

“The Halifax Regional Municipality (the Municipality) invites the submission of proposals from qualified professional firms (and teams) … for the development of a Greenbelting and Public Open Space Priorities Plan (Open Space Plan) for the protection of a regional network of lands for resource conservation, public service delivery and community shaping. This Plan is a […]

SATURDAY, NOV. 15 : PURCELL’S COVE QUARRY WALK

Marcos Zentilli, geologist and resident of Purcell’s Cove, will lead us to a few local quarries  in the Backlands.  Read More Update (Nov 16): It was a well attended & wonderful walk. View some photos

Halifax Field Naturalists on Facebook.

Clarence Stevens, Vice President, Halifax Field Naturalists has created and maintains a Facebook page for HFN. It’s a great place to share nature photos, comments about recent hikes and talks and more. See HFN on Facebook

Write a few words for HFN

Your 40th Anniversary Committee invites you to take up pen and paper, or to turn on your computer, to compose a 250 -300 word description of, or a poem about, your favourite natural place or wild species, whether it be animal or plant, in Nova Scotia. Or write about any exciting nature encounter or exceptional […]