Hunting Season Info

Deer hunting season begins  Friday October 26 (season always begins on the last Friday of October) and goes to the first Saturday of December, inclusive, excluding Sundays. Wear hunter orange when you are out and about and put an orange vest on your dog. Deer hunting is permitted on protected land. Both hikers and hunters should use extra caution during this season. (Those dates are for hunting with rifles; muzzleloader and crossbow season starts earlier.)

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Season and bag Limits 2018
It includes a Reminder:  “Hunting on Sunday is only allowed on October 28, 2018 and November 4, 2018.”
2018 NOVA SCOTIA HUNTING & FUR HARVESTING SUMMARY OF REGULATIONS
Deer Hunting Regulations made under Section 113 of the Wildlife Act
Department of Lands and Forestry: Hunting

I can’t find any regulations on where deer hunting is not allowed in relation to towns, cities etc. so don’t assume that you are safe from stray shots from deer hunter rifles because you are close to settled areas. -dp

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Botanical Art Show Sat Oct 20

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Some local walking events

Forwarded from W.M. on Sep 28, 2018:

Walks in Mainland North

Tuesdays in October (October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th), come for a walk on a trail in the community. This is in partnership with the Keshen Goodman Library and Halifax North West Trails Association. Come and bring a friend or meet a new one, meet at the library for 1:00 pm. No registration required. All ages welcome. Enjoy the green spaces in Mainland North. Approx. 1 hour walks.

Hike to Fox Lake within the BMBCL Wilderness Area – Halifax North West Trails

Join hike leaders Spencer and Alyssa Doué for a hike out to Fox Lake, a beautiful lake nestled within the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area. Make sure to bring your camera, because the look off view is spectacular!

Date and Time:
Saturday, September 29 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Trail Information:
This 5 km hike is considered moderate with some rugged spots.
Meeting place:
Meet at the end of Belle Street and Collins Road, off Larry Uteck Drive. Parking in the cul-de-sac.
Registration:
Pre registration is required by contacting Alyssa Doué at hnwta.communications@gmail.com or by calling 902-403-6485

Hike to Blue Mountain Hill within the BMBCL Wilderness Area with Halifax North West Trails Association

Join hike leader Richard Vinson for a hike up Blue Mountain Hill within the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area. Make sure to bring your camera, because the look off view is spectacular!

Date and Time:
Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Trail Information:
This 5 km hike is considered moderate with some rugged spots.
Meeting place:
Meet ten minutes before the start of the hike at Anahid Drive off Kingswood Drive, off Hammonds Plains Road. Parking in the cul-de-sac.
Registration:
​Pre registration is required by contacting Alyssa Doué at hnwta.communications@gmail.com or by calling 902-403-6485

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Visit to Blue Curls site

 

On Aug. 25 (and again with David Patriquin on Sep 2), Charles Cron and Bob Kennedy canoed and hiked out to the only known site of Blue Curls (Trichostema dichotomum) in the Maritimes. We wish to thank Sean Blaney for making this possible.

Along the way around Shingle Lake we also found a number of interesting plants, such as Twining Screwstem (Bartonia paniculata), Michaux’s Birch (Betula michauxii), Pink Corydalis (Capnoides sempervirens), Hairy Rosette Panic Grass (Panicum acuminatum), Narrowleaf Pinweed (Lechea intermedia), Greenland Stichwort (Minuartia groenlandica), a very narrow leaved form of Broadleaved Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia) and the minute purple flowered North-eastern Bladderwort (Utricularia resupinata).

 

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Sunday Sept 9th, 1 pm to 4 pm, 2018: Volunteer andPlant ID at Dalhousie University campus/Bill Freedman native plant collection

Allison Schmidt (left) with volunteers moving Bill Freedman’s native plant collection to a Dal site in the fall of 2017

Sunday Sept 9th, 1 pm to 4 pm, 2018:
Volunteer andPlant ID at Dalhousie University campus/Bill Freedman native plant collection

RAIN DATE: SAT Sep 8, 9 am to 1 pm only if on Friday the forecast indicates there will clearly be rain on Sunday and not Saturday (Check website if in doubt.)

Meet 1 pm by the tennis courts at Dalhousie University (next to the South Street exit); if later than 1pm, go to the wooded area nearby behind the tennis courts, between the LSC and Sheriff Hall.

We will have a brief tour of the site, circa 1:15, and then organize the rest of the time between plant ID and site maintenance. ‘Not necessary to stay for the whole period, but it’s best to come at the beginning.

Contact: davidgpatriquinATyahoo.ca

For more about Bill Freedman’s native plant collection and the Dal site, view Bill Freedman Native Plant Collection.

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Aug 26, 2018: Lichens at Sugar Moon Farm

August 26, 2018 2:45pm to 6:30pm Nature Night at Sugar Moon Farm!

Learn about lichen and the forests that surround us.

You must book ahead.

“There is so much more to Lichen than meets the eye! Join Lichenologist Robert Cameron* for a fascinating interpretive hike at Sugar Moon. We’ll learn about how to collect and identify lichen, the role lichen plays in the ecosystem and the rich diversity of lichen in this region that makes it a “hot spot” in North America.”

Thx to Norris W for forwarding this info.

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Dalhousie Biology Dept herbarium beng digitized

ML Fernald (Wikipedia)
Some of Fernald’s collections are in the Dal Biology Herbarium now being digitized.

View A CENTURY OF SPECIMENS by Stefanie Wilson in Dal News for Aug 7, 2018. Some extracts:

The Herbarium Digitization Project is a collaboration between the Department of Biology and the University Archives. A four-step process, the digitization involves verification, cataloguing, recording included information and then photographing each specimen.

To take these physical records and turn them into digital files is a big job — one that’s perfectly suited to a Biology graduate who has developed a keen interest in plants.

I originally wanted to go to Medical School, like a lot of starting Science majors,” Nick [Belliveau] admits, “but I ended up really falling in love with the flora of Nova Scotia and Botany and that part of the Biology program.”
Continue reading

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Tues Aug 14, 2018: Rally to support the Green Network Plan

Our HRM Alliance Photo

From OUR HRM Alliance:

“Join us on Tuesday, August 14th at 9:00 (ish) to show your support for the Halifax Green Network Plan!

“The Green Network Plan will FINALLY be going to Council that day at 10:00AM. We want to be there with signs, smiles, and support to ask the 16 Councillors to vote YES to pass this incredible plan. The Councillors typically begin arriving around 9:00, so pop by while you can during that hour, or come and stay the whole time!

“We’ll be having a sign-making party the night before at Ecology Action Centre. Either make your own sign, or borrow one of ours for the day!

“There will also be a crew of people attending the Council meeting to watch the presentation and debate and show our support. Feel free to join for this as well, if you’re interested. Want some more info about the Green Network Plan? Check out http://ourhrmalliance.ca/halifax-green-network/

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Field Trips at the Celebration of Nature 2018

bloodrootReports on the field trips are posted on NatureNS, inlcuding that of the Spring Ephemerals led by John Brownlie and Gillian Allan.

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Exploring Cape Breton July 21-30

Bob Kennedy and Jeff White are mounting a trip to explore Cape Breton flora from July 21-July 30. It includes the Baleine area, Aspy Bay and Meat Cove at the extreme North-West tip. We will be looking for arctic species and other plants of interest that are unique  or more common on Cape Breton than elsewhere. If anyone is interested in meeting up with us for part or all of the trip, contact me at bob@grimsey.ca

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