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Tackling Glossy Buckthorn

Betty Hodges Betty Hodgson, well known to HFNers, is featured in a Chronicle Herald story about volunteer efforts to remove the highly invasive glossy buckthorn from the Pugwash Estuary Nature Reserve. “It doesn’t directly threaten the estuary or the wildlife in it,” volunteer Betty Hodges [mispelling of Hodgson] explained as she trudged towards a grove of the unwanted trees with a crew of students, foresters, and conservationists. “But it does threaten the native plants that stabilize the land around the estuary. If they are gone, it could cause erosion and runoff that would threaten the fish and birds. It threatens the total ecology of the area.”


butterfliesJust one year to go! Launched in 2010, the Maritimes Butterfly Atlas (MBA) is a five-year citizen-science project which documents the occurrence of butterflies in the Maritime provinces. John Klymko, the Atlas director, will discuss the highlights of the project as it enters its fifth and final field season, and will provide a briefing on how you too can contribute to this conservation effort. 7:30 p.m. at the NSMNH. Read more

HRM Public Meeting to review the design of a new permanent building on the North Common

Please plan to attend the HRM Public Meeting on Thursday June 5, to review the design of a new permanent building on the North Common. This permanent building is another major encroachment on the remaining ~ 30 acres of the 1763 land grand of 240 acres “to the inhabitants of the town of Halifax as Common forever”. Read more


Damon Conrad, Coordinator of the Sackville Rivers Association (SRA), will host a 3-km walk along the Bedford-Sackville Connector Greenway and the beautiful Sackville River. Read more

Journeys Through Eastern Old-Growth Forests

Several HFNers were spotted at the booklaunch today for Jamie Simpson’s Journeys Through Eastern Old Growth Forests. “Yes, there is old-growth forest in the Maritimes. The Acadian Forest, as it is known, is a complex mosaic of various species and ages. Now left only in pockets scattered here and there, these forests will stop you in your tracks, invite your gaze upward, and fill you with wonder…”

Sunday May 11: CAPE SPLIT HIKE

This will be a joint hike with the Blomidon Naturalists (it is their 40th anniversary!) to beautiful Cape Split, led by Jim Wolford and Patrick Kelly. read more

Wed. May 14, 2014: Flora study of Williams Lake Backlands

backlands The Annual General Meeting of the Williams Lake Conservation Company will be held at 7:00 on Wednesday, May 14th at the Captain Spry Centre, 10 Kidston Rd, Spryfield. Dr. David Patriquin will present highlights of the Ecological Assessment of the Plant Communities of the Williams Lake Backlands that he and Dr. Nick Hill recently completed on behalf of the WLCC. The AGM is also an opportunity for us to review the year’s activities and for you to bring forward your concerns and observations. Everyone is welcome.

Council to Address Amendments to Regional Plan May 20

bannerHRM regional Council will (tentatively) discuss amendments to the Regional Plan that would greatly reduce controls on development and our eventual greenbelt on Tuesday May 20th. OurHRM Alliance opposes these amendments because they were made last-minute, at the first reading of the plan, at which point there is little opportunity for public input. The date of the discussion will remain tentative until May 16, the same day staff will be releasing a report on the proposed amendments. Stay Tuned!


Join the Nova Scotia Nature Trust and HFN bird expert Clarence Stevens to count birds as part of an international citizen science event. The Meander River Conservation Easement (MRCE) is a fabulous spot to see warblers and other forest birds…read more

Sat. May 3, 2014: Backlands 360 Walks

poster The Backlands Coalition invites Nova Scotians to participate in an afternoon of guided walks in the Backlands on Saturday May 3, organized as part of the annual Jane’s Walk events across Canada and around the world. HFN is one of the founding members of the Backlands Coalition. More about the walks

April 28, 2014: Sean Blaney on Rare Plants..

Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society AGM. Keynote speaker: Sean Blaney on Rare plants of the Lahave River Lunenburg Co. & Pollets Cove/Blair River Cape Breton. All welcome. Time: 7:30 p.m. Place: Auditorium, N.S. Museum of Natural History, Summer St., Halifax

Thurs. Apr 24: GMO FOODS TALK

Two speakers are touring Canada to educate consumers about the history of, and the effects of, genetically modified foods. They will be speaking in Halifax on April 24th at the Dalhousie Potter Auditorium, Rowe Building at 7:00 p.m. Entrance to the event will be by donation. Read more »