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OUR WALKS are led by specialists or well schooled naturalists, and provide a good way to expand your knowledge of local natural history as well as to mingle with members of the natural history community.

Deep Cove Nature Reserve
Brad Armstrong and Doug van Hemessen led HFN participants into the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Deep Cove Nature Reserve on Oct 24, 2015.
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We usually have one or more walks a month throughout the year. It may be possible for the contact person (who may or may not be the same as the trip leader) to organize a ride for an event outside the city. If this is possible, a contribution towards the fuel costs would be appropriate. All participants in HFN activities are responsible for their own safety. Always wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, the activity, and the terrain. If in doubt, call the contact person listed for each field trip.

OUR TALKS are given by both experts and interested amateurs – one every month except during the summer. They provide an opportunity to learn what local scientists, volunteers, and HFN members are up to. Regular meetings with talks are held on the first Thursday of every month except July and August at 7:30 PM in the auditorium of the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax. Meetings are open to the public. Use the entrance next to the parking lot. There is a charge for parking at the Museum; usually, two hours will be adequate.

Field Trip to  Cheverie Creek Saltmarsh, Nov. 16, 2013,
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Over the last 20 or 30 years, much has been said about the Canadian seal hunt. But, what do we really know about this much-maligned harvest and the men who risked their lives “going to the ice”? In this lively, illustrated presentation, award-winning author Bob Chaulk talks about the historic seal hunt during the period of the ‘wooden walls’, after the steamships SS Bloodhound and SS Wolf brought wholesale change to an old industry, beginning in 1863. Bob tells about the dangerous and desperate lives of the men – young, ill-clad, brave and cheery men of iron who pursued the seals, and the ships which carried them, too often, to their deaths. Many of the ships figure prominently in the Arctic and Antarctic exploration activities of men like Shackleton, Scott, and Nansen. One of them even became the logo for a chain of popular boutiques!
7:30 p.m. at the NSMNH

HFN and the Nova Scotia Bird Society, led by HFN/NSBS member Clarence Stevens Jr., will visit all the favourite winter bird sites in and around Halifax Harbour looking for ducks, gulls and alcids – Hartlen Point, Eastern Passage, Dartmouth Cove, Sullivan’s Pond, Tuft’s Cove, and the Bedford Waterfront. If weather conditions are favourable and time permits, we’ll also visit Point Pleasant Park. Dress warmly and bring a lunch, binoculars and scope and field guides.
Storm Date: January 15
Contact: Carol Klar, 902 443 3385,
Time/Place: 9:00 a.m., McCormack’s Beach Provincial Park parking lot, just past Fisherman’s Cove in Eastern Passage.
Duration: Until mid to late afternoon
Difficulty: Easy to moderate