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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.

Dusk is a busy time of day for Nova Scotia’s wildlife, particularly in autumn when the sun sets early and they need to gather food and find warm shelter to prepare for the long winter. Come get an up-close view of over 50 species of animals and birds. The beautiful Shubenacadie Wildlife Park has been a refuge for animals for over 60 years, operated by the Department of Natural Resources. An experienced Nature Interpreter will take you on a tour through the park sharing lots of “wild” facts and answering all of your questions. Bring your camera, a flashlight, and dress for the weather with comfortable walking shoes. Registration Required: A minimum of 10 participants is required or the walk will be cancelled.  Shubie Wildlife Park is charging a fee of $10 per person for 10 participants and the price will go down the more participants there are.
Rain Date: none.
Contact: Denyse Contrasty, 902-478-1706,
Time/Place: 7:30pm to 9pm. Carpooling will be organized to leave from Halifax.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Sarah Medill began researching Sable Island back in 2012 as a PhD student. Her work initially began studying population dynamics and sociality of the feral horses, but soon evolved to also include research on hormone profiles (cortisol and testosterone) from hair samples. Additionally, she has contributed to work looking at parasites, fecal microbes, and other aspects of feral horse behaviour. Her experience on Sable and love for the island led her to apply for the Operations Coordinator Position with Parks Canada, which she has been filling since May 2016. Join her as she discusses her unique research and work experiences, and what life is like on the mysterious and beautiful Sable Island. 7:30pm at the NSMNH

MCINTOSH RUN TRAIL Saturday, Oct. 14
McIntosh Run Watershed Association volunteers have completed the first section of the planned system of trails in the Herring Cove Backlands. We will explore the trail, meet some of the volunteers, and learn about some aspects of trail building. If people are interested, we may descend to the outflow of Western Pine Island Pond, and walk along part of the lakeshore there.
Rain Date: Sunday, October 15
Contact: Burkhard Plache, 475-1129,
Time/Place: 1:00 p.m., at the corner of Norawarren Dr./Reginald Ct. To get there, take Herring Cove Rd. from Halifax to Herring Cove. Just past Long Lake, before Herring Cove, turn left onto Norawarren Drive.
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2-3 hours