Field trip to Crystal Crescent Beach Park Sunday Apr 10

Sunday Apr 10 looks ok for a field trip to Crystal Crescent Beach  Park. Expect the Gate to be locked.  Meet in the Parking area outside the Gate. 09:00 hrs. Emphasis on coastal Black Spruce and search for Eastern Dwarf mistletoe. Some beach plants ,shrubs, and coastal headlands.Regisration required. Call me at 902 4778272,0r email  ><  by evening April 8. Thanks Charlie.

Male Dwarf Mistletoe in bloom – Photo Jeff white
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Proposed NSWFS Field Trip to Cape Breton July 25-July 31 (or Aug 3)


Lookoff on Aspy Trail, Broad-Lipped Twayblade, View to Scaterie Island – Photos Bob Kennedy

We are planning a botanical themed field trip to Cape Breton for the period of July 25 to 31, with the possibility for an extension of the trip to Aug 3. Details of the trip are in the attachments at the bottom of this page. We are asking any members who think they might be interested in all or some of this trip to contact so we can proceed with the planning. Once we know the interest, Bethsheila Kent and Bob Kennedy will incorporate any changes and make suggestions for accomodations and meals. Accomodations are already booking up, so we need to keep up the momentum on this.

Briefly, arrival would be mid-day in Cheticamp on Monday July 25, leaving time to do a short trail before check-in. We would stay there and do a several more trails on Tuesday and Wednesday. Anytime a more difficult trail is scheduled, an alternative more accessible trail will be offered as an alternative.

From Cheticamp we would head to cottages on Dingwall Beach, stopping at Beulach Ban Falls and hiking up the Aspy Trail on the way (with alternates).  The following day we would do the Mica Hill Barrens in the upper highlands or alternatively White Point.

Then to Ingonish where we would stay Saturday July 30 and Sunday July 31 and cover off other trails in that area, then head home the following day.

For those that wish to extend the trip, we would like to continue to Louisbourg and charter a boat to Scaterie Island Wilderness area. There are also many trails and historical sites in the area. In this case, we expect the last night in Louisbourg would be Aug 3.

Download Itinerary: NS Wild Flora Society Field Trip – July 2022

Info on Scaterie Island: Scatarie Island information – Mar. 26, 2022



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Botany Course at Acadia May 9-27

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March 28 Online Member’s Meeting: Eastern Dwarf Mistletoe in Nova Scotia.

Eastern Dwarf Mistletoe Male Staminate Flowers  – Photo by Bob Guscott

Bob Guscott will be giving a talk on the identification, biology, distribution and ecology of Eastern Dwarf Mistletoe at our member’s Zoom meeting on March 28. Bob is retired after 30 years with the Nova Scotia Dept. of Natural Resources as a Chief Technician and GIS Analyst. He lives in Wellington and remains an active volunteer and a keen naturalist

Eastern Dwarf Mistletoe Arceuthobium pusillum, is a little known and often overlooked, native, parasitic plant. It is found primarily on spruce trees throughout Nova Scotia, often along the coasts and in treed bogs. It is tiny but it can have a huge impact on the health of spruce forests in Nova Scotia.

NSWFS Members will be receiving email invitations to the Zoom meeting in a few days.

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Call for Nominations to the Board of Directors of the NS Wild Flora Society.

The term of each Board expires at the end of the Annual General Meeting during which their successors are elected. The new Board will then meet shorty after the AGM.

We are calling for Nominations to the Board of Directors of the NSWFS for election at the AGM on April 25 2022.

Any member in good standing is eligible to stand for election to the Board.

Send nominations to or any of the current Board members.

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Seedy Saturday March 26, Bridgewater

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Coast Restoration Projects

The Clean Foundation is currently undertaking several projects to restore wild habitat along Nova Scotia’s coasts. You can find out more at

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3 locations for iNaturalist City Nature Challenge in NS this year

The annual world-wide City Nature Challenge for 2022 is being hosted again by iNaturalist from April 29 to May 8. This year we have three separate NS sites participating: HRM, the Annapolis Valley (Kings and Hants counties) and CBRM.

You can find out about it here. We will keep members updated as more information develops.

This graphic shows last year’s results

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National Invasive Species Awareness Week – February 28th – March 4th

Registration for the many invasive species webinars being held during the week can be found at

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Feb 28 Online Member’s Meeting: Introducing iNaturalist and the City Nature Challenge

There will be a members Zoom meeting on Feb 28 at 7:00PM. All NSWFS members should have recently received an email invitation. Please contact Anne Mills if you did not.

Mary Kennedy will provide us with an introduction to both iNaturalist and the City Nature Challenge. Learn how to join the iNat community, contribute to a global citizen science program, and help highlight wild flora found here in NS.

As part of this presentation you will learn how to explore content, how to create your own account, how to share observations (old and new), and how to comment on observations shared by others. Learn how to contribute to projects and how to provide feedback on how to improve content associated with wild flora.

The second part of the presentation will be ‘hands on’. Members can learn how to create their own profile on iNat and practice uploading and reviewing observations. In preparation please have handy a number of photos of wild flora from known locations.

There will be plenty of time to discuss issues, to share feedback, and to exchange ideas.


iNaturalist is a recognized citizen science program. iNaturalist Canada is led by the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) along with Parks Canada, NatureServe Canada and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), which collectively make up the iNaturalist Canada Steering Committee. The platform is managed by the steering committee in collaboration with which is a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.

The primary objective of iNaturalist is to help people connect with Nature.

In 2019 to help introduce iNat to Nova Scotians HRM was registered to participate in the global City Nature Challenge. The following year three areas in NS were registered. In 2022 HRM, CBRM, and the Valley (Kings and Annapolis Counties) are once again registered to participate. This 4-day event is an excellent opportunity to encourage people to get outdoors, to explore, to observe nature, to share observations, and to have fun.

Prior to the 2022 CNC event local groups such as the NSWFS are encouraged to browse and review existing observations and provide feedback on ways to improve content. A quick review filtered for plants with locations in Nova Scotia shows 207,712 observations of 2,633 species from 7509 observers. Over 3000 members helped suggest names for these observations.



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