Eagle Hill Field Seminars for Summer 2023

Join the people at Eagle Hill this summer for a week-long, natural history seminar taught by expert field biologists. Eagle Hill is located on the coast of Maine, between Acadia National Park and Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge. For more details click here

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Nov 28  Online Members Meeting: The Diverse Bees of Nova Scotia 

Our next member’s meeting will be via Zoom at 7:00pm on Nov 28. Invitations will be emailed to members closer to the date.

This is the talk that was cancelled in Sep due to hurricane Fiona. Bees pollinate many flowers that are important for people. There are far more bees that share NS with us than most people appreciate. We will explore what bees are in NS and how we can provide habitat and resources for bees to increase pollination.

 Perplexing Bumble Bee – Bombus perplexus      Photo Bob Kennedy

Alana Pindar, is an early career scientist and recently appointed Weston Family Visiting Professor in Ecosystem Health and Food Security at Cape Breton University.  She has been studying changes in wild bee communities in Eastern Canada for over 15 years.  In 2016, She led a provincial report on the Status and Trends for Pollinator Health in Ontario for the Ontario Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Affairs was awarded the Webster Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Sciences for her work.

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iNaturalist Project – Late Bloomers Nova Scotia 2022

How many plants are still in flower after 01 November in Nova Scotia? This question, plus the why? and are there more plants flowering recently? have fascinated David McCorquodale. This project collects observations of plants in bloom (petals look alive, potential to be still producing nectar and pollen). To be included indicate under plant phenology that it is flowering. Many plants will be simultaneously flowering and fruiting, You can check both.

Some plants retain dry petals after setting fruit (e.g. Pearly Everlasting) and likely are not flowering in November.

https://inaturalist.ca/projects/late-bloomers-nova-scotia-2022

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Nature NS asks us to “Take the Challenge: Biodiversity Challenge Badge” 26Oct2022

It’s pretty simple and would likely mesh readily with the nature exploration & enjoyment activities of the NS Wild Flora Society and many more nature-oriented folks in NS: “basically, the challenge is to observe the natural world around you as you hike. To earn the badge, you have to do 10 hikes and submit 10 observations from each hike via iNaturalist”

Read more about it in an article by Jonathan Riley, Hike NS Board President.
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Field Trip to Polly’s Cove Now on Oct. 29 or Oct. 30

The field trip to the Polly’s Cove Trail (between Peggy’s Cove and West Dover) has been reschedule to either Saturday Oct. 29. or Sunday Oct. 30. The call for which date will be made a few days before once Charlie sees the weather forecast.

Meet at Parking area: 10:00 Am

Take route 333 from Upper Tantallon St.Margaret’s Bay Road about 23 km to site, a little past Peggy’s cove (< 1km) ,Parking for 5-6 cars on the right seaward side of the road. Area is filled with granite whale backs,barrens,bogs,small ponds etc. The seacoast also has a wide variety of coastal flora. 2-4 hrs. Bring lunch.water, binoculars,camera etc. Dress for the weather. Bogs are dry at present and hiking boots may be ok.

Please contact Charlie Cron to let him know that you plan to attend. ccron72@hotmail.com

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Celebrating the McLarens & the Wild Flowers of Nunavut


Click on one of the photos above to see the full collection. Ian passed away in 2020, Bernice earlier this year. Today there is a celebration of their lives. They had their honeymoon at Ogac Lake, shown in the lower photo above, where Ian was conducting  limnological studies; together they collected wild flowers as a hobby (and as formal herbarium records for the National Museum).  – David P

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Online Member’s Meeting Oct. 24 – The Origin, Rationale and Results of the Last Hope Camp

Our next member’s meeting will be via Zoom at 7:00pm on Oct 24. Nina Newington will be our guest speaker.

The Last Hope camp was a protest camp established on a logging road in Annapolis County on 2nd December, 2021. The goal was to protect a 24ha forest. By the time we finally packed up and went home on 22 June, 2022, enough occurrences of Species At Risk lichens had been documented to put 60% of the forest off limits for cutting and make the remainder hard to access and uneconomical to cut. Nina will focus in particular on the crucial role that naturalists, notably lichenologists, played in protecting the forest.

As the climate and nature crises barrel down on us, and as governments continue to pledge action but permit business as usual, those who recognize the urgency of the situation must join forces. Activists willing to get in the way of what damages the earth need people whose love of nature takes the form of observing and learning about very specific life forms, and vice versa.  The provincial government’s commitment to protecting 20% of Nova Scotia’s land and waters by 2030 is a starting point. By working together, we can identify and protect ecologically valuable forests before they are logged, not after as seems to be the current plan.

The talk will be accompanied by photographs and a 5 minute mini-documentary about the camp.

Nina Newington is a writer, gardener, carpenter and forest protector. Her second novel, Cardinal Divide, was published in 2020. She lives with her wife on the North Mountain in Kespukwitk, District One of the 7 traditional districts of Mi’kma’ki.

Members should have received a Zoom email invitation. Contact ocotillo8@gmail.com if you did not receive it.

 

 

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All upcoming Field Trips cancelled until further notice

Due to the impact of hurricane Fiona, the Polly’s Cove and Cape Breton Field Trips are cancelled until further notice.

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Sep 26  Online Members Meeting Cancelled!

Due to our inability to predict how Hurricane Fiona will affect our ability to hold an online meeting, we are cancelling the member’s meeting scheduled for Monday Sep 26.

We will post more information on possibly rescheduling it after the storm is behind us.

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Burkhard Plache June 21 1965 September 10 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our members: Burkhard Plache. He was a pillar of the Halifax naturalist community and will be sorely missed by his wife Ingrid and all of us who knew him.

There will be a a Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving on Sep 28.

Please see his obituary for details  https://necrocanada.com/…/burkhard-plache-june-21…/amp/

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