Our next members meeting will NOT be on Zoom, but instead will be live outdoors at Eisner’s Cove wetland. This will be on May 30, which is the FIFTH Monday of the month (usually we meet on the fourth Monday).
Exact time, directions and a map will be posted later.
Norris is a member of the NS Wild Flora Society. A retired science teacher, he was very involved in the creation of the Cobequid Eco -Trails Society. “Norris has written over 50 books and brought that passion to the landscapes of Colchester County, to the forests and to the pathways.” – view Hike Nova Scotia post for more about him.
One of Norris’s passions is compiling user-friendly guides to the local flora, which he has generously shared with all of us – see Norris Whiston Guides (on this website).
Many Thx, Norris
Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society Annual General Meeting
Our 2022 AGM will take place Apr 25 at 7:00pm via Zoom. See the attached agenda.
Following the AGM, Sean Blaney of the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre will make a presentation of their most recent activities documenting the flora of the Maritimes.
If you are a member you should receive an email invitation for the Zoom meeting by Apr 22. If you have not received it, please contact Anne Mills at email@example.com
Eagle Hill is right on the coast of Eastern Maine, between Acadia National Park and Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge.
*Please note that proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) is required for acceptance into our seminars.
July 10–16 — Grass Identification: An In-depth Review — Dennis Magee
August 7–13 — Field Botany of the Maine Coast: Learning to Network with the iNaturalist Community — Robert Wernerehl
August 21–27 — Ferns and Lycophytes: Identification, Biology, and Natural History — Robbin Moran and Carl Taylor
For general information, the registration form, seminar flyers, and a complete calendar:
Sean Haughian from the Nova Scotia Museum will lead participants through these lichen and moss-rich habitats to boost their knowledge and species counts for the City Nature Challenge. Habitats we will see include wet conifer forest, upland forest, lakeshore, and streamside. An upland mixed hardwood forest is nearby down a slightly more rugged trail. Our focus will be on the lichens and bryophytes. Highlights include our provincial lichen, blue felt lichen.
Attendees must register with halifaxfieldnaturalists.ca in advance.
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT SESSION
Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes (BMBCL) Comprehensive Study
Wednesday, April 13th, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM
The Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes (BMBCL) area is located on the western edge of the Halifax urban core and comprises Acadian forest, wetlands, and a system of lakes and headwaters, offering wilderness hiking opportunities to many residents and visitors.
In 2021, Halifax Regional Municipality signed a Statement of Collaboration with Parks Canada to indicate mutual interest in the opportunities for the BMBCL area as part of the new national urban parks program, which led to an approval by Regional Council to initiate the park planning process.
With the support of a contribution agreement signed with Parks Canada in January, the municipality has initiated a comprehensive background study of Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes (BMBCL) Regional Park. Halifax Regional Municipality has engaged Stantec Consulting Ltd. to develop a comprehensive background report on the BMBCL area and vicinity. The four key areas considered in the study include:
Ecological and recreational conditions
Archaeological and cultural study
Analysis of land use and settlement
Review of park governance models
The purpose of the background report is to inform future BMBCL park planning, including integrating connections to nature through associated recreational uses, ecological conservation, as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Community engagement and liaison efforts is a necessary and crucial step in this project. The public is invited to virtually join us on April 13, 2022, from 7 – 9 p.m. as we introduce this assessment phase of the BMBCL national urban park initiative and share with us your knowledge on and ideas for the BMBCL area.
Registration for the virtual meeting, which will take place on the Microsoft Teams platform, can be accessed by clicking this link.
At this meeting, you will have an opportunity to:
Learn more about the BMBCL area and Parks Canada urban parks initiative
Hear about the work being undertaken by Stantec to complete the background report
Find out the opportunities and challenges identified by key project stakeholders and partners
Contribute your own knowledge and ideas regarding ecological, recreational, cultural, and other noteworthy opportunities for the BMBCL area
A survey will be provided following the engagement session, or if you are unable to attend the event, to provide feedback. Looking forward to hearing from you!