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No Questions Allowed about Facilitator’s Report on Blue Mt Birch Cove Lakes Regional Park..written input now critical

Over 300 people, young and old, attended the public meeting for the Facilitator’s Report on the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Regional Park; the room accommodated less than 200. No questions or discussion were allowed Read more »

Help save Blue Mt Birch Cove Lakes

Please attend meeting on Monday eve June 20; write a letter by July 4. More from Our HRM Alliance: ‘Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes is a proposed 2,000 hectare park located directly behind the Bayers Lake Shopping Centre and in-between Timberlea and Kingswood subdivision on Hammonds Plains Road and just over the hill from Clayton Park. It features a lovely forest and over a dozen lakes, a complete canoe loop, and habitat for a number of endangered species. Few cities in the world have such an amazing wilderness in such a core area to the city. It’s been ten long years since Halifax Regional Municipality promised in its to create a large natural park at Blue Mountain – Birch Cove Lakes in its 2016 Regional Plan. Read more »

Monday June 20, Public Meeting on Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes

From Our HRM Alliance: In 2014, a facilitator was hired to negotiate the boundaries of the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area. Shockingly, the facilitator’s report (just released) proposes the exact site plan the developers asked for in 2007. This negotiation has been a complete failure. You can read the flawed report here. If you do not want to see Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes developed, come to the public information meeting Monday, June 20, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at The Future Inns Aspin/Birch Room, 30 Fairfax Drive, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Halifax is taking written feedback on this report until July 4 at

Sat June 18, 1-3 pm: Why Parks Matter

A ‘speed-dating style’ learning event at Dalhousie University (6100 University Ave) Why do parks matter to you? They matter to many people for many reasons and we have an exciting group of presenters lined up to tell you why parks are important to cities, the people who live in them, and the environment. Groups of participants will rotate between presentations with a station for refreshments included…. read more

Blue Mountain proposed boundaries should be rejected

“Environmentalists want Halifax to reject a new report on proposed boundaries for a regional park near the Bayer’s Lake Business Park. “The report is deeply, fatally flawed,” said Raymond Plourde, wilderness coordinator for the Ecology Action Centre.” Read CBC post

Maritime Butterfly Atlas

The Maritime Butterfly Atlas had its last field season in 2015. Read their 2016 newsletter for the latest additions, an overview of the results of the whole project, and next steps. If you have additional records from the past that are supported by either a photograph or a specimen, those can still be submitted up to July 31, 2016. Going forward, observers are encouraged to continue submitting photographic records to eButterfly. View 2016 Maritimes Butterfly Atlas Newsletter.

Auditor General’s Report: make species at risk a higher priority

In his spring report, Auditor General Michael Pickup says the Department of Natural Resources needs to make the 60
species at risk a bigger priority. It is often late in developing and updating plans to recover species. Monitoring of
species at risk also needs improvement to know whether progress has been made. The full report and related videos are available at See also EAC Comments.

Birding By Ear Workshop June 3-5

Learning bird songs can be daunting but even experienced birders spend time each spring tuning their ears to the songs they already know. This workshop will jump start your audio-recall by teaching the basics of how to listen, how to recognize song types for common bird families, and how to start building a song repertoire for Nova Scotia. Most importantly, our focus will be on in-the-field learning and on having fun outside! Workshops will take place over the course of 3 days at the Harrison Lewis Coastal Discovery Centre. See BirdingByEar.
Several other workshops, e.g. June 24-26: The Woods Around Us with Jamie Simpson, Backyard Forestry, July 15-17: Plein air watercolour painting with Poppy Balser, September 9-11: Writing from nature (with Harry Thurston) will be of interest to HFN members and friends. See HLC workshops

Thursday, May 19: The Purcell’s Cove Granite Quarries

Granite QuarriesIllustrated Presentation by Cole Grabinsky and Rachael Groat, Graduates, School of Planning, Dalhousie University.(Supervisor: John Zuck of Purcell’s Cove)
When: Thursday May 19th 7:30 PM
Where: Purcells Cove Social Club, 505 Purcells Cove Rd, Halifax.
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Conrad Beach: highest levels of dogs being off leash

A CBC news item reports on studies by Bird Studies Canada monitoring the rate at which owners leash their dogs at provincial beaches, the focus of concern being piping plovers. “We’ve seen the highest levels of dogs being off leash at Conrad’s Beach in Halifax and Martinique, as well as Glace Bay beach.” Read CBC news item

Catch a hands-on session for the Green Network Map before our Thurs Mtg

Our HRM Alliance is hosting a session to help anyone give input on the Green Network Online Map at the Ecology Action Centre on Thursday May 5. They will also be offering pizza 🙂 4:30—7:00. (Drop in anytime at your convenience.) Ecology Action Centre, 2705 Fern Lane, Halifax


Based on her travels to Rapa Nui in 2015, in her photographic presentation HFN member Barbara O’Shea will discuss some of the mystery surrounding the island, along with a few current theories used to explain and understand the history of Rapa Nui and its moai. 7:30 p.m. at the NSMNH (All Welcome) Read more