Walks & Talks

About Our Walks and Talks

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.

We usually have one or more walks a month throughout the year. 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. They provide an opportunity to learn what local scientists, volunteers, and HFN members are up to. Regular meetings with talks are held on the third Tuesday 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, however in the event of the room being filled up, members would be given priority.  Use the entrance next to the parking lot. There is a charge for parking at the Museum; usually, two hours will be adequate.

Upcoming Events

Note: As of September 2023 our regular meeting time has changed from the first Thursday of the month to the third Tuesday on the month.

  • Tuesday, 5 March, 2024:  Dalhousie (Halifax) Planetarium
    Please join us for a reserved group visit to the Halifax Planetarium at Dalhousie University.  Planetarium shows are always very interesting.  Our ever-changing night sky will be explained, with an emphasis on the visible constellations at that time.  We’ll also see slides of other astronomical interest such as planets, constellations, and other stellar objects.  From past experience this should be a fascinating session for everyone.
    Registration is required as seating is limited, with a $5 fee per person; there needs to be a minimum of 12 registrants with a maximum of 24 per show.
    Snow Date: Thursday, 7 March
    Contact: Bernie McKenna, 902-434-3202, mckennab197@gmail.com.
    Time/Place:  7:00 p.m., Room 120, James Dunn Building, 6310 Coburg Road.  The east side of the building has ample parking.
    Difficulty:  Conditions of the day.
    Duration: 60 to 75 minutes
  •  Tuesday, 19 March, 2024.  AGM & Members’ Photo Night
    The HFN Annual General Meeting and photo night takes place in three stages:  1) the activity reports for the preceding year; 2) the election of the incoming 2024 Board of Directors; and 3) Members’ Photo presentations.  We’ll get to view some wonderful photos our members have put together for us.  These are always enjoyed and they give us an idea of what these members have been doing and where some of their interests lie.  We usually have a good number participate with their many interesting and varied photos.  There’s room for six presenters on a first-come-first-served basis of about eight-to-ten minutes each.  Note, up to three first time presenters are given priority over the folks who have done this before.
    If interested in presenting your photos, please contact Don Flemming at donjane.flemming@gmail.com or 902-240-8832, by 6 March.
    Time/Place:  7:30 p.m. at the NS Museum of Natural History Auditorium
    Zoom Option:  Yes – an invitation will be sent to HFN members prior to the event
  • Tuesday, 2 April, 2024:  H. Irving Botanical Gardens
    HFN has scheduled a group tour of the internal facilities of these world class botanical gardens.  Here, researchers work within a living laboratory as they investigate our natural world through the environmental study of the Acadian Forest Region and its wetlands.  This tour of the internal resources of the centre will reveal much of what goes into the making of these amazing external gardens,  Considering the distance involved, hopefully we will car-share wherever possible.
    Registration is required, and there is a $69 group charge so attendees are required to reimburse HFN $5 each.
    Rain Date:  Tuesday, 9 April
    Contact: Bernie McKenna, 902-434-3202, mckennab197@gmail.com
    Time/Place:  11:00 a.m., 32 University Avenue, Wolfville, NS
    Difficulty:  Easy
  • Tuesday, 16 April, 2024:  Maritime Rocks, Fossils and Evolution
    A Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO) research scientist and paleontologist will lead us on a fascinating journey over the past billion years.  Along the way, he’ll reveal the rich geological record of past environments, ancient life and the evolutionary links between them.  This record covers the earliest animal behaviour, Coal Age Forest evidence, and the earliest record of reptiles, land snails, and quite possibly stem mammals.  This will be a richly illustrated travel through time and promises to fascinate us all.
    Time/Place:  7:30 p.m. at the NS Museum of Natural History Auditorium
    Zoom Option:  Yes – an invitation will be sent to HFN members prior to the event

HFN Membership:  Just a friendly reminder that HFN memberships expire at the end of the calendar year. If you have not already   done so, please consider renewing your membership.
Details available here: http://halifaxfieldnaturalists.ca/hfnWP/?page_id=2893

It should also be noted that Nature Nova Scotia memberships are no longer available via HFN. Should you wish to continue your membership with Nature NS, or join for the first time, please visit: https://naturens.ca/join/