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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 […]

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 […]

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

Illustrated 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. Click on image for larger version

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 […]

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

Green Network Maps are now available online

From Our HRM Alliance: The Green Network Maps are now available online. Please share with your networks and ask people to leave positive comments for the natural areas you care about that the maps have recognized as valuable. It’s a big, interactive map so you will want to use a good internet connection. Here is […]

Thursday, Apr. 7: Maritime Butterfly Atlas Final Report

Director John Klymko will discuss project highlights, including new records and insights into the conservation status of our Nova Scotia butterflies. He will also provide an update on what’s next for the project. 7:30 p.m. at the NSMNH. Read more

Halifax Green Network Plan Consultations: critical sessions coming up

We encourage everyone who values our green spaces to attend a session which run from March 30 to April 7. NEW INFO (Apr 2): The maps and other info and opportunities for online comment will be available online on Monday April 4, 2016. From “The second phase of public engagement for the new Halifax […]

A short film on biomass harvesting

The case against clearcutting forest for electricity could hardly be stated more succinctly or more believably. View film

“Give our forests back to the people”

So goes the headline for an op-ed by HFN member and Colin Stewart Conservation Award winner Bob Bancroft in today’s CH. “Centuries ago, Maritime forests loomed over freshwater shores; tall, vibrant, thick and strong. Early European settlers grumbled about spending dismal days in forests with sunlight cut off by thick overhead canopies of leaves and […]

25000+ sign on to anti-biomass petition

An Anti-Biomass Petition (“Stop destroying Nova Scotia’s forests for biomass power generation”) has garnered more than 25000 signatures in less than 10 days. Started by a St. Margaret’s Bay resident, it elicited a Bruce McKinnon editorial cartoon in the CH. Read more in CH. The petition remains open.