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Thursday Sep 7, 2017: Cold Critters – how insects survive the winter

Our first fall meeting will be held on Thursday evening, Sep 7 (2017) beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History on Summer Street in Halifax.

The featured speaker is Dr. Laura Ferguson who will walk us through how insects survive the winter, from creating their own antifreezes to “re-animation” from a frozen state.

As usual there will be Nature Notes and Announcements and a juice & cookie social after the talk. All are welcome!

HFN’s full fall program is given on our Walks and Talks page.

NSDNR responds to HFN Conservation Committee document

Clearcuts and planned clearcuts on Crown land in Halifax Co.

The Conservation Committee of the Halifax Field Naturalists submitted a document, Impacts of forestry in Nova Scotia on conservation of biodiversity: Concerns and Questions, to government on April 19, 2017. View Post (Apr 29, 2017) .

A detailed response was received from NSDNR Minister Margaret Miller on Aug 24, 2017.

The Conservation Committee expressed its thanks to Minister Miller for the response.

The Conservation Committee is currently reviewing the document and invites comments on the NSDNR Response from members.

Independent Review of forestry in Nova Scotia announced

budget addressIn its pre-election budget address on April 27, 2017, the Liberal government announced get underway within weeks.

Yesterday (Aug 30) the government announced the review is beginning, that it would be headed up by University of King’s College President William Lahey and that it would take place in three phases with a final report on February 28, 2018.
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July 28-30 workshop at HLC, Nova Scotia: Woodlot management as if biodiversity mattered

forest“Join three champions of intelligent forestry – author Jamie Simpson (“Restoring the Acadian Forest”), forest ecologist Donna Crossland, and forest carbon sequestration pioneer Dale Prest, for a weekend addressing the many ways forests benefit society – while absorbing practical knowledge for understanding and managing your own woodlot. Small class limited to 15. A few seats left.”

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“Participants in this year’s Backyard Forestry workshop will learn about basic forest ecology and how to work with a piece of land to encourage ecological and economical value. Topics covered will include: Identifying tree and shrub species, and their ecological roles in the forest; choosing which trees to cut and which trees to leave; how to promote wildlife habitat; what landowners can do to increase forest carbon storage; how our forests have changed, and what we can do to promote natural forests; what we can learn from natural disturbances in the forest; where to obtain funding for silviculture activities; legal issues such as wood theft and capital gains tax, and, the virtues of a “messy” woodlot.” Read more on HFC Website
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Butterfly walk postponed till tomorrow (Sunday July 9)

Because of weather.

View Walks and Talks: McCormack Beach Butterflies

Photo by Clarence Stevens

Thursday June 1, 2017: Bob Bancroft on Forestry

Bob Bancroft is giving a presentation on Forestry in Nova Scotia to the Halifax Naturalists on Thursday June 1 at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax, 7:30 p.m. All welcome. View HFN Walks and Talks for details.

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Tues May 16, 2017: Environmental Issues Election Debate

May 16, 2017 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM
6350 Coburg Rd., University of King’s College
New Academic Building, Alumni Hall
As poss, RSVP via Facebook
See EAC for details

NS celebration of Nature Weekend May 26-28, 2017

Nature NS is holding its popular spring weekend at Milford House May 26-28, 2017. As in the recent past, the Young Naturalist Club will be participating, making it a family affair. There are talks about loons, flying squirrels and trout, a variety of field trips, and good food! For the kids, nature-oriented games, fields trips, and a campfire with Frank Meuse and Shalon Joudry from Stone Bear. See Nature NS. Registration must be received by April 21.See Nature NS.

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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