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May 15-June 12: Final Public Engagement, Halifax Green Network Plan

The Halifax Regional Municipality is conducting the third and final phase of public engagement for the Halifax Green Network Plan, a decision-making framework for the conservation of a region-wide network of open space. A number of planning and implementation directions have been drafted using public input and study results from the earlier phases of work and are contained in the Halifax Green Network Plan Primer Report.

Public engagement for this phase will occur in a series of public meetings across HRM from May 15 to June 12, 2017. The most convenient session for most Backland folks will be May 16 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Atlantica Hotel Halifax (Guild Hall) 1980 Robie Street.

Read more on HRM website

Hiking the Admiral Lake Loop

On Sunday, April 30, there will be an afternoon hike of the Admiral Lake loop. Meet between 12:30-1 p.m. on the Musquodoboit Valley Rail-to-Trails parking lot, in Musquodoboit  Harbour. The hike is expected to take 5-6 hours, with plenty of time at the look-offs and watching for mayflowers in bloom.

This event is not part of the Halifax Field Naturalists program, but an informal / social walk. As a courtesy, would you contact burkhardplache@gmail.com if you are planning to join?

The Halifax Field Naturalists are on Twitter

The Halifax Field Naturalists are now on Twitter. The handle is @HfxFieldNat, and our first tweets have already gone out. If you are using Twitter,  please follow us.

 

Questions about forestry science forwarded to NSDNR

Clearcuts and planned clearcuts on Crown land in Halifax Co.

The Conservation Committee of the Halifax Field Naturalists has prepared a document commenting on the impacts of forestry in Nova Scotia on conservation of biodiversity and asking questions about the underlying science.

View Impacts of forestry in Nova Scotia on conservation of biodiversity: Concerns and Questions

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Thursday, Apr. 6, 2017: ANTARCTIC VOYAGE

At our regular meeting, long-time HFN member Peter Webster will share experiences and images from his December 2015/January 2016 trip to the Antarctic.
All welcome, 7:30 pm at NSMNH on Summer Street. View Details under Walks & Talks

Also, Sydney Bliss will make a short presentation on the Landbirds at Risk in Forested Wetlands Project.

Halifax Green Network Plan Primer

A draft of the Halifax Green Network Planning and Implementation Strategy and “Plan Primer” have been released by HRM and go to Regional Council today (March 23, 2017) to be approved for upcoming public consultations. It is expected those consultations will take place in April. The Primer provides a good overview of the Green Network plan, with lots of maps. It’s recommended reading!

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017: CANADA COAST to COAST …

Join us, 7:30 pm on Thursday Feb 2, 2017 at the NS Museum of Natural History on Summer Street for a very Canadian presentation. Gavin Mason, coastal geoscientist at BIO, will talk about our 300,000 km of coastline, elaborating on the geomorphology (the study of the origin and evolution of the earth’s landforms, both on the continents and within the ocean basins), the processes, and the characteristics of Canada’s coasts. Enter by the side door by the Parking Lot. Read more

THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2016: THE WOLF AT THE DOOR

At our first regular meeting of 2017, 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 Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax. All welcome

Declines in songbirds and seabirds

A lengthy article in the LocalXpress includes interviews with local birding authorities Eric Mills, David Currie and Ian McLaren to give a local context to the continent-wide declines in songbirds and seabirds which have been highlighted recently. It’s informative if somewhat sober reading. View PAUL SCHNEIDEREIT: Is this the global swan song for seabirds and songbirds?

Thursday Oct 6, 2016: Detecting fishing vessel behaviour from space

Kristina Boerder, a PhD student from Dalhousie University, will tell us about how she is making movements of fishing vessels visible (even when they are out of sight!) using satellite technology in ecologically important areas of our world’s oceans.
7:30 p.m. at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History.
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Shaw Group/Nature Conservancy of Canada Proposal: Supportive staff report goes to Regional Council

GOOD NEWS: Halifax regional council moves ahead with proposed Purcells Cove park.
See Metro News

“It is recommended that Halifax Regional Council direct staff to:
Williams lake1. Proceed with negotiations to acquire the lands (PID 00052407) and return to Regional Council for consideration of the key terms and conditions for the 379 acres that address the following:
a. Suitable acquisition terms… Read more »

Williams Lake Backlands – Big decision by Regional Council on Sep. 20, 2016

Wms lake backlandsHalifax council will be presenting a recommendation Sept 20 on whether to approve a proposal by the Nature Conservancy of Canada to acquire almost 400 acres of land in the Williams Lake backlands and set it aside indefinitely as a wilderness preserve.

Please visit the Urban Wilderness Park Website for more about the proposal and how to support it by writing to Mayor and Councillors.