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!”
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
● 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
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 (https://www.stopclearcuts.com/letter).
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.
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.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
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.
Photo by Keith Vaughan
At our next regular meeting, NSWFS members Keith Vaughan and Marion Sensen will talk about their visit to the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in Wyoming, USA, in October 2015. The talk will be illustrated with photographs taken at that time.
3 Unique Habitats: Albert Mines, Cape Breton, Shingle Lake
For those that missed it (or found he ran through the pictures too fast), Bob Kennedy will be repeating his presentation of his “3 Trips to Unique Habitats” at the Halifax Field Naturalists meeting at 7:30pm on Jan. 3, 2019 at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History.
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.)
– 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