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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.  

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: 1. 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 […]

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

Halifax 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 […]

Tues Aug 30: Information session about possible park for Backlands

There will be a public information session to learn more about the opportunity to acquire 379 acres of pristine centrally located land in the Williams Lake-Colpitt Lake area as Halifax’s largest wilderness park. OPEN HOUSE DETAILS: DATE: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM LOCATION: Captain William Spry Community Centre, 16 Sussex […]

Volunteers needed at Harrison Lewis Centre

In exchange for quality time on a beautiful South Shore beach, we are looking for two to four volunteers to help with workshops and other events at the Harrison Lewis Centre. August 24-29, August 31-Sept. 4 (Labour Day Weekend), Sept. 8-12, and Sept. 22-25. Duties are primarily of a house-keeping nature as the Centre prepares […]

Parrsboro Field Naturalists Saturday Events

John Brownlie, an HFNer from way back, is organizing naturalist outings in the Parrsboro area on Saturdays. “There is an event every Saturday except during the Gem and Mineral Show on the 20th of August when the Fundy Geological Museum is offering a variety of geology and dinosaur excursions. For all events but one, we […]


This hike has been postponed until next week due to weather. View hike details on Walks and Talks page.

PLANifax Video about the BMBCL Regional Park Issue

A PLANifax video provides a good overview of recent events related to Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Regional Park, and the background to those events. It includes a visit to the area with Akhtar Abbasi. View View Video on the PLANifax Facebook page, or below (small version),

Globally endangered Boreal felt lichen set to decline 50% in 25 years

Researchers call for increased protection as the federally protected Boreal felt lichen population decline in Atlantic Canada shows links to human impacts on the environment. Read article

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]