NSWFS Monthly ZOOM Meeting Feb 22 – Lichen Conservation in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society regular business will begin at 7 PM and our speaker; Brad Toms, will join us at 7:30 p.m.

Brad is a Wildlife Biologist at the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute and will present on how to find and identify the lichens protected under endangered species legislation in Nova Scotia.

Zoom links and invitations have been sent out to members. If you are a member and have not received one or wish to become a member, please contact ocotillo8@gmail.com
Topic: NSWFS – February Monthly Meeting – Lichen Conservation in Nova Scotia
Time: Feb 22, 2021 07:00 PM Atlantic Time (Canada)
Photos Bob Kennedy, Jefferey White
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NSWFS Monthly ZOOM Meeting Mar 22 – Old Growth Identification and Protection on Crown Lands


The Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society is inviting you to our March 22nd, 2021 ZOOM Meeting. Regular business will start at 7:00 pm.

Our presenters from Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry will be Peter Bush – Provincial Landscape Ecologist of  Forest Research and Planning and Brad Butt – Research and Planning Forester. They will join us at 7:30 pm to speak and answer questions about Old Growth Identification and Protection on Crown Lands in Nova Scotia.

Zoom links and invitations have been sent out to members. If you are a member and have not received one or wish to become a member, please contact ocotillo8@gmail.com
Topic: NSWFS – March Monthly Meeting – Old Growth Forest on Crown Lands
Time: Mar 22, 2021 07:00 PM Atlantic Time (Canada)
Photos Mary Macaulay
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Published today: Barrens Ecosystems in Nova Scotia: Classification of Heathlands and Related Plant Communities

NSWFS member Caitlin Porter is lead author of this magnificent publication:

Porter, C.J.M., Basquill, S.P. and Lundholm, J.T. 2020. Barrens Ecosystems in Nova Scotia: Classification of Heathlands and Related Plant Communities. Joint publication of Nova Scotia government and Saint Mary’s University. Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry, Biodiversity Reference Guide 2020-001.

Caitlin J.M. Porter, Department of Biology, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS

 Sean P. Basquill, Wildlife Division, Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry, Kentville, NS; Department of Biology, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS

Jeremy T. Lundholm, Department of Biology, Department of Environmental Sciences, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS

It’s 72 pages, well illustrated with photos and maps. It is available in pdf form at https://novascotia.ca/natr/wildlife/pdf/Barrens-Classification.pdf
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NSWFS appeals planned logging on Crown land in Cumberland Co. 15Dec2020

Submitted to Forestry Maps via the HPMV (Harvest Plan Map Viewer, re: DNR ID CU060268, 9 ha Variable Retention 20% 

We (NSWFS) have walked the extent of this proposed clearcut (20% retention) and have established that it is old growth climax mixed acadian forest (circa at least 200 years old) with exceptionally unusual understory moss, lichen and tree lichen biodiversity. Somewhat of a “rain forest”.

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AGM by Zoom January 6, 2021

Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society
Annual General Meeting 2019/2020 Years (combined due to COVID 19)

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Via Zoom due to COVID 19

RSVP by Dec. 30 to Anne Mills ocotillo8ATgmail.com
If you can join us on Zoom!

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Eagle Hill Online Seminars

A rare opportunity to tap into their knowledge of grasses and sedges without having to travel to Maine.

Flyers for the first Eagle Hill Online-only Mini-seminars are now available!

These are intensive, live, online training opportunities taught by expert instructors on Zoom. These Mini-seminars have broad geographic applicability and their formats are variable, depending upon the subject matter and the teaching preferences of the instructors. Each includes suggestions for readings, online videos, and websites to efficiently augment what is covered during online presentations. All are taught outside of normal work-week hours, i.e., during evenings and on weekends. See below for flyers with scheduling details and descriptions.

Participants need to have a Zoom account (https://zoom.us ; sign-up is free). They will receive a secure link to join the instructor before each class.

Individual classes will be recorded and made available to stream (not download) for the duration of the seminar by its participants, so they are able to review them or make up missed ones.

General Information

Online Calendar


If you have any other questions, feel free to email us at office@eaglehill.us or call us at 207.546.2821 Ext. 4

Online Mini-seminars

Flyers with descriptions for each of these Online-only Mini-seminars can be found by clicking the underlined seminar titles below. The flyers can also be found on our calendar webpage. Those that are still pending will be available on the calendar webpage shortly.

Leaf Mining and Stem Mining Insects

Instructor: Charley Eiseman
Dates: July 25 – August 29 (Five consecutive Saturdays, but not August 15. [i.e., July 25; Aug 1, 8, 22, 29])
Times: 7:00-9:00 PM EST

Identification of Lepidoptera Through Micro-dissection

Instructor: Paul Dennehy
Dates: July 27–31
Times: 6:30-8:30 PM EST

Biology and Field Identification of Amphibians and Reptiles

Instructor: Lynda Miller
Dates: July 28 – Aug 6. (Tue, Thu, Sat, Tue, Thu.)
Times: 7:00-9:00 PM EST

The Poet and The Natural World

Instructor: Hayley Kolding
Dates: July 29–August 26 (July 29, August 5, August 12, August 19, August 26)
Times: 6:30-8:30 PM EST

“Introduction to Tardigrade Study and Identification”

Instructor: Emma Perry
Dates: Saturdays, August 1–29
Times: 1:00–3:00 PM EST

“Painting Hummingbirds in Watercolor”

Instructor: Dorie Petrochko
Dates: September 4–October 2
Times: Sept 4: 5-7 PM EST, Sept 12: 5-7 PM EST, Sept 19: 5-7 PM EST, Sept 26: 5-7 PM EST, October 2: 4-7 PM, EST

“Identification of Common Grasses (Poaceae) Using Field Features”

Instructor: Robert Lichvar
Dates: September 21–25
Times: 7:00–9:00 PM EST

“Identification of Common Carex (Sedges) Using Field Features”

Instructor: Robert Lichvar
Dates: October 5–7
Times: 7:00–9:00 PM EST

Eagle Hill Publishing – Peer-reviewed scientific journals

office@eaglehill.us, Phone: 207.546.2821 Ext. 4, Fax: 207-546-3042

Eagle Hill Institute
PO Box 9, 59 Eagle Hill Road, Steuben, ME 04680-0009, United States

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Find other Bioblitzes coming up in the Maritimes at https://www.facebook.com/CityNatureChallengeMaritimes

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Gardening with Native Plants Webinar

The Bomindon Naturalist Society is hosting a Webinar:

Ask-the-Expert: Native Plant Gardening

Tuesday June 30, 7 – 8 pm (webinar)

Gardening with native plants creates a win-win-win: for the gardener and our local flora and fauna. Native plants are easy to grow, adapted to our local conditions and are as attractive as ornamental plants hailing from other parts of the world. They play a key role in maintaining the biodiversity of our region serving as food, shelter and breeding grounds for indigenous wildlife.

Join us for an engaging session on native plant gardening with Gary Schneider of MacPhail Woods and Adrien Rawley formerly with the Harriet Irving Gardens, who will share their passion and knowledge and answer all your questions. All ages and experiences encouraged.

Register to join and and submit your questions, photos and links to katiemclean@annapolisriver.ca

This is a collaborative initiative brought to you by CARP, FSA, BNS, and JWA.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/810795876117634/

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NSWFS Field Trip to Troop Island

Members only : Troop Island. Old growth trees on Nova Scotia Nature Trust property.  Sat. June 13 with alternate dates June 20 /21 whichever is best re weather concerns (rain wind etc).Boat crossing to island.

Register with Charles Cron before Wed.  June 10; email or phone ccron72@hotmail.com    902 477 8272.; will make final decision for trip on the Wednesday night each week . Will need a list of all participants by Wed. week of June 8. Plan cost 0f $5.00 each for boat, limited numbers 3 or 4 groups of 3, to be kept  separate ( Covid 19 precautions apply: Everyone must wear a mask and respect social distancing. Every participant must confirm they are symptom free ). Maximum 10-12 participants.

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Nova Scotia Supreme Court rules in favour of Naturalists/East Coast Environmental Law versus NS Lands & Forestry

Today’s decision confirms that Nova Scotia’s ESA is the law, and not a set of vague or voluntary guidelines. The Minister is required to fulfill the law’s mandatory requirements to protect some of the province’s most vulnerable species. Sarah McDonald, Ecojustice lawyer

Ram’s Head orchid

From the Background to Supreme Court Decision (May 29, 2020)

The Minister of Lands and Forestry (the Minister) is responsible for implementing the ESA [Endangered Species Act]. The Applicants say the Minister has failed to implement the ESA as it pertains to six representative species: Mainland Moose, Ram’s-head Lady Slipper, Canada Warbler, Black Ash, Wood Turtle, and Eastern Wood Pewee. Each of these species is native to Nova Scotia and is listed as endangered, threatened, or vulnerable under the ESA. The Applicants [Robert Bancroft, Federation of Nova Scotia Naturalists, Blomidon Naturalists Society and The Halifax Field Naturalists with East Coast Environmental Law Association as Intervenor] seek a declaration that the Minister’s failure to implement the ESA, specifically section 15, is unlawful and unreasonable; an order of mandamus; and a supervisory order by which the court would retain jurisdiction and require the Minister to produce status reports on the implementation of section 15.

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