Sunetra Ekanayake: Botanical Watercolours Exhibition at MSV, Nov 9 – Jan 26, 2019

November 9, 2019 – January 26, 2020
Curator: Laura Ritchie
Year 2019 Theme Botanical, Painting

Organized by MSVU Art Gallery

Dr. Sunetra Ekanayake is a biologist and naturalist. Exploring the wilderness of Nova Scotia, she records flora and fauna encountered along the way. In this exhibition of botanical watercolours, Dr. Ekanayake invites us to consider the precious and distinct nature of plant species found around the province and on the MSVU campus.

Dr. Ekanayake is part-time faculty in the department of Biology at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Opening Reception
Wednesday, November 20 at 12:00pm

Please join the artist for a reception in conjunction with the Mount Community Show opening reception.

American Sign Language interpretation is available for all public programs – please email for more information.

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Sep 24 2019 at 6PM at Halifax City Hall: Important Public Hearing on Green Network Plan – re Wildlife Corridors

UPDATE Wed Sep 25, 2019: The Amendment “to the Regional Plan’s conservation design development agreement policies to specifically reference the Important and Essential Corridors shown on Map 5)”  received unanimous approval at yesterdays meeting of Halifax Regional Council!

Map 5 in the Halifax Green Network Plan
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Halifax (HRM) is blessed with phenomenal natural assets. In June of 2018, Regional Council tabled the Final Draft of the The Halifax Green Network Plan  which “provides land management and community design direction to:
– maintain ecologically and culturally important land and aquatic systems;
– promote the sustainable use of natural resources and economically important open spaces; and
– identify, define and plan land suited for parks and corridors”

The Essential and Important Corridors shown in Map 5 above allow movement genetic exchange of plants and animals, large and small, between otherwise isolated patches of natural habitat within HRM and across the boundaries of HRM. Without those corridors, biodiversity and ecosystems services provided by our natural spaces will inevitably decline – such habitat fragmentation and isolation is a major driver of the massive species losses currently in progress globally and locally.

Legislative followup to the HGNP is required to actually protect those corridors and  is urgent as some development has already occurred or been approved within those corridors,

“Consequently, to avoid potential conflicts in the near term, staff recommend a narrowly focused amendment to the Regional Plan’s conservation design development agreement policies to specifically reference the Important and Essential Corridors shown on Map 5, Green Network Ecology Map, contained in the HGNP. This will provide a clearer, more up-to-date basis for municipal staff and developers to consider such corridors as part of the conservation design development agreement process.”

HRM is only considering this change – it hasn’t happened yet. We need your help to ensure that they amend the Regional Plan to require all conservation design (rural residential development) to plan based on the ecological findings of the Green Network Plan.

What you can do: attend the hearing or write in advance (by 3 pm Monday, Sep 23 see below for venues) to support the amendment, asking HRM to not allow development to compromise connectivity or the ecological network in any way.

Even a few words to your  Councillor and Mayor Savage will help e.g., to  say you are strongly in support of an amendment to the Regional Plan’s conservation design development agreement policies to specifically reference the Important and Essential Corridors shown on Map 5 .
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Nova Scotia Nature Trust Hike Sept. 7

Please join the Nova Scotia Nature Trust for a ‘Connecting with Nature’ Event

in partnership with their friends at the Ecology Action Centre:

Conserving and Enjoying the Fire-Prone Backlands

Saturday, September 7th, 10am

The Purcells Cove Backlands contain a vast area of Jack Pine/Broom Crowberry barrens, an ecosystem with many adaptations to fire. It’s not very often (fortunately!) that we get to see these fire adaptations in action in a human lifetime.

Join us for a hike into the Backlands as we explore how it has recovered from a massive fire in the spring of 2009. Learn how several conservation groups are working to protect this globally-rare ecosystem, and are giving people a chance to access it in a sustainable way.

Cost: $15

Please register for full details: or (902) 425-5263

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Monthly Wild Flora Meeting Monday Sep 23


Our speaker, Alain Belliveau, will talk about his explorations for the Ram’s-head Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium arietinum), a small but beautiful orchid whose very few populations are ranked as vulnerable in Nova Scotia.


Alain is the Botanist and collections manager of the Irving Biodiversity Collections at the E.C. Smith Herbarium at Acadia University, with a focus on the Acadian Forest Region.

Photos Bob Kennedy

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Sand Barrens Bioblitz on Sat June 8, NSNT evening Tues June 18, 2019

A couple of upcoming events that will be of interest to NSWFS folks:

Sand Barrens Bioblitz

From Ian Manning:

Just a note to let you know that next Saturday, June 8th, Blomidon Naturalists Society is hosting a mini-bio-blitz in Meadowvale, a super example of a Sand Barren Heathland, a rare and very beautiful ecosystem located in the Annapolis Valley. This habitat is home to a host of fascinating lichens, plants, insects, and more, with many more exciting finds yet to be discovered.

There’s not a lot of Sand Barren Heathland of this quality that’s publicly accessible, so luckily we have the permission of the Deveau family to hold the blitz on their land. A map will be provided to participants, marking the boundary of where we’ll be exploring, note we’re going to stay away from the buildings on the property.
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NWWFS Monthly meeting and Field Trip: Today (Mon May 27, 2019) meet at Fleming Park

NWWFS Monthly meeting and Field Trip: Today meet at Fleming Park ( The Dingle parking Lot) near the Tower. 6:30 pm. Wear Rain Gear. Showers are likely but there may be a short dry window. This is an easy walk with the focus on One Shrub in particuar : Hobblebush which is at or near it’s peak bloom at present. There is quite a display along the Dingle road every year about this time, especially where the stream from the Frog Pond crosses the road. We will go Rain or Shine. Leader C. Cron.

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This is a field trip being held by the Halifax Field Naturalists

Join the NS Wild Flora Society’s President Charles Cron to explore the botany along a hiking trail in the St. Margaret’s Bay Area.

We’ll begin with a first fen at an old saw mill site described as a true fen surrounded by old spruce woods. The second fen has intact mature spruce woods and a recent clear-cut. Trilliums and Stemless Lady’s Slippers will be in bloom at this time. Rubber boots will be necessary!

Rain Date: Sunday June 9nd

Contact: Carol Klar,, 443-3385

Time/place: 10:00 a.m. in the parking lot of Tim Horton’s near the Sobey’s gas bar, at Exit 5 off Hwy 103.

Duration: 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

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Monday May 27 2019: Regular meeting night Outdoors: Hobblebush in Dingle Park (aka Fleming Park)

Meet 6;30pm in the Parking lot at the Dingle Tower. If Hobblebush have past peak may travel to an alternate site nearby. Easy walking. Short distance. Charlie will watch area and if peak bloom is early will post to website so all may have a chance to see an impressive display of this under story plant.

Photos Charles Cron

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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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