Programme

Through the fall, winter and spring, we meet at 7:30 pm on the 4th Monday of the month in the auditorium of the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax. Meetings are open to the public. Field trips are held throughout the year, but most frequently during the summer. They are usually held on a Saturday or Sunday. The field trips are also open to the public, except when numbers must be restricted.

COMING UP

Sunday February 11: 2018 Lichen Walk
The fascinating and beautiful microcosm of lichens can be explored all year round. Lichens are not plants, not fungus, not moss, and not parasites. Lichens are a complex life form that is a symbiotic partnership of two separate organisms, a fungus and an alga. Join us for a lichen walk lead by Bob McDonald along some of the trails in Mainland Common Park. The footing may be slippery, so you might want to wear your ice cleats. Bring a field guide and a hand lens if they have them. We will meet in the parking lot at the top of Westridge Dr (off Willett St) at 2 pm for the 1.5 hour excursion. Contact Bob McDonald 902-443-5051 for directions.

Mon Feb 26, 2018: Hunting for the Disjunct Populations of Flora in Nova Scotia

Thread-leaved sundew.
Photo by Bob Kennedy
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Nova Scotia is particularly blessed with many small and unique communities of plants. Most of them are relics of different times in our natural history since glaciation. Many are unknown anywhere else in Canada. These small and isolated populations sometimes date back to the arctic and alpine plant life that dominated as the glaciers retreated, while others were stranded over a thousand miles away from their relatives to the south when warmer times cooled or the sea level rose. Some are fairly recent arrivals. Together, these populations form a record of the many climatic, geological and environmental changes that have been experienced here over the past 12,000 years and are still happening now.

On Mon Feb 26, 2018, NSWFS member Bob Kennedy will show some pictures of his explorations with the NS Wild Flora Society last spring and summer to some of the best locations in South-West Nova Scotia. Please join us and contribute to the discussion.

7:30 pm at the NS Museum of Natural History on Summer Street. Come in by the side entrance.


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