Announcing Eagle Hill Institute’s seminars on vascular plants

Eagle Hill is right on the coast of Eastern Maine, between Acadia National Park and Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge.

Jun 16 – 22 … Medicinal Plants: Historical and Contemporary Uses … Steven Foster

Jun 16 – 22 … Sedges and Rushes: Identification and Ecology … Anton Reznicek

Jul 7 – 13 … Grasses: Identification and Ecology … Dennis Magee

Jul 14 – 20 … Wetland Identification, Delineation and Ecology … Matthew Schweisberg and Joseph Homer

Jul 21 – 27 … Ericaceae and Heathland Communities of Coastal Maine … Paul Manos

Aug 4 – 10 … Submersed and Floating Aquatic Plants … C Barre Hellquist and Eric Hellquist

Aug 18 – 24 … Ferns and Lycophytes: Identification, Biology, and Natural History … Robbin Moran and Carl Taylor

Sep 6 – 8 … Asteraceae: Fall Botanizing and Botanical Surveys … Jill Weber

Nov 8 – 10 … Twig Identification of Trees and Shrubs: Fall Botanizing and Botanical Surveys

The following general flyer has links to individual vascular plants seminar flyers.

For general information and a complete calendar … … 207-546-2821, ext. 4.

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Native Plant Sale – Acadia U. Wolfville, May 4, 2019 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Location: KC Irving Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – 32 University Ave., Wolfville

Help support biodiversity by growing native plants in your garden.

A variety of native perennials grown by volunteers from seed collected at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens will be available. We have a wide selection of new species this year and all of our plants will be hardened off and ready to go in your garden!

Nurseries in attendance will include Baldwin’s Nurseries, Fernwood Plant Nursery, and Beneath the Boughs Woodland Plant Nursery and Pottery. Learn more about ecological landscaping by stopping by the Helping Nature Heal Inc. booth, and put your name into a draw to win a backyard composter from Valley Waste-Resource Management.

Growing native plants is a small way to contribute to the restoration of our landscape, to provide food and shelter for native fauna, and to make a small contribution to the earth’s seed bank for future generations. It also helps you to identify them in the wild – as you get to see them growing through all phases of their life cycle. And they are usually maintenance free, provided you match the right plant to your unique micro-environment.

In the Conservatory and Walled Garden at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. Free parking, free admission.


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NS WIld Flora Society Meeting Monday, Apr. 22, 2019 7:30PM

Our speaker, Sean Blaney, will focus on recent fieldwork and new discoveries in Nova Scotia, especially in the Cape Breton Highlands in the highest elevation region of the National Park between Cheticamp and Clyburne Brook.

Sean is the Executive Director and Scientist for the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre in Sackville New Brunswick.

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See Skunk Cabbage on Long Island Apr 14

The flowers should be more open than these photos from March 2017

Travel to  Digby  then convoy to Long Island > Balancing Rock parking lot. Leave Halifax  06:00 hrs.  Meet at Tim Hortons  Digby at exit 26, Near the Irving CircleK,at 10:00 hrs.  Then drive  in convoy to East Ferry ,ferry across to Tiverton, then to Balancing Rock Parking lot. We will search the trail from the Parking Lot to Balancing Rock and return. There are other areas to search along the way around Tiddville in particular. 3-4 hr drive both directions from Halifax. Bring  lunch,water, rubber boots,and camera gear. Ground may be soft and wet. Please register with Charles Cron  902 477 8272 or email by Friday Apr 12. Trip is weather dependent and final decision will be made by  9:00 pm  Friday evening.I will call participants or email Friday night if cancelled.

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Nature Trust’s Historic Land Campaign include two new properties, donations now matched 4:1 until April 5, 2019

From Nova Scotia Nature Trust: “Our Lasting Landscapes campaign was already on track for historic land conservation achievements. Now, an unexpected $400,000 top-up in matching funds means even greater biodiversity wins can be leveraged for Nova Scotia. We just added 2 more potential conservation sites to the 15 already being protected across the province. But to seize this new opportunity, we need to raise another $100,000, and secure both new conservation sites, by April 5, 2019.

“…Bolstered by the outpouring of support to date, we’ve seized this opportunity and signed offers to acquire the two additional properties: one in the Mabou Highlands and another in a popular near-urban wildland just minutes outside of Halifax.

“…All donations will be matched 4 to 1, but only until the April 5 deadline. Please help us save even more land through our Lasting Landscapes Campaign – now up to 17 sites – by donating today!”

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PART I: Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness hike & collecting
● WHEN: April 26, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
● WHERE: Meet at parking area at the end of Saskatoon Drive, near Maskwa
Aquatic Club
● WHO: Dr. Sean Haughian, Nova Scotia Museum
● WHAT: Guided lichen walk with Dr. Haughian, including primer on how to
photograph for iNaturalist and when / how to collect.
PART II: Lichen identification workshop and training
● WHEN: April 29, 2019 7:00 – 9:00 pm
● WHERE: Meet at NS Museum of Natural History
● WHO: Dr. Sean Haughian, NS Natural History Museum
● WHAT: Using microscopes and other technology, identify lichens collected
during the Bio-Blitz to species (or as close as possible)

Photos (L=>R): Blue Felt Lichen (Pectenia plumbea), Black Stone Flower (Parmotrema perlatum) – Photos by Jeff White; Tree Lungwort (Lobaria pulmonaria), Yellow Specklebelly (Pseudocyphellaria hawaiiensis), Trumpet Lichen (Cladonia fimbriata) – Photos by Bob Kennedy
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“Open” letter to Iain Rankin, Minister of Lands and Forestry

The Halifax Field Naturalist’s Conservation Committee wishes to bring an “open” letter to your attention. It is addressed to Iain Rankin, Minister of Lands and Forestry, from the Community Forests Shelburne County: Citizens Action for Ecological Forestry.

By copying and pasting this link into your search engine you may read the letter and become a signatory to it ( 

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April 26 to April 29, 2019: City Nature Challenge – Halifax

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Monday March 25, 2019 – Roots of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust: 25 years of Preserving Places for Special Plants


The Nova Scotia Nature Trust is celebrating 25 years of land conservation this year! Join Jessica Bradford, Conservation Project Coordinator, as she takes you through a short history of the Nature Trust rooted in preserving places for special and rare plants like the Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora in Southwest Nova. She will also highlight some other Nature Trust conservation lands noted for their unique wild flora.

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NSWFS Nature Conservacy of Canada Talk

On Monday February 25 2019, guest  speaker and member Doug van Hemessen will inform us about some of the newest Nature Conservancy of Canada properties in Nova Scotia including the new acquisition in the Tatamagouche area.  We plan to visit that area in a weekend trip this summer.  Following Doug’s presentation (about 45  minutes) and questions, the remainder of the meeting will be devoted to a discussion of plans for the Tatamagouche trip. Charlie Cron will give a short presentation on some of the relatively rare intervale vegetation we may see in the area.


Canada Lily (Lilium canadense) – Photo Charles Cron

Come join us at 7:30 pm, Monday Feb. 25, 2019 in the auditorium of the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax. 

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