HFN and NSWFS make a joint submission to the Regional Plan Review

Halifax Regional Plan Review 2021: Feedback from two naturalist societies – the Halifax Field Naturalists and the Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society

Submitted to regionalplan@halifax.ca on July 15, 2021

WHO WE ARE

The Halifax Field Naturalists (HFN), founded in 1975, seeks to “educate ourselves and the public at large in the natural history of Nova Scotia.” Current membership is 110 paid up members. We have a website at www.halifaxfieldnaturalists.ca

The Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society (NSWFS), founded in 1990, is dedicated to the appreciation and conservation of wild flora and habitat in Nova Scotia. Currently we have 47 paid up members. We have a website at www.nswildflora.ca

Both groups are Halifax based for in-person and now some virtual meetings, but we have members from all over the province, and our field trips occur throughout Nova Scotia.

Whenever possible, meetings and field trips of HFN and NSWFS are open to the public at large. In the last several years we have seen rising interest in our activities, reflecting the increased appreciation generally today of nature and of the many and special opportunities we have in Nova Scotia to enjoy nature.

Many of our members are involved as individuals in trail organizations and in specific conservation efforts. As naturalist societies, we are often asked to support such efforts by visiting specific sites and documenting the flora and fauna, and by writing letters of support.
HFN and NSWFS are members of Our HRM Alliance and are highly supportive of the draft document that has been circulating “Our HRM Alliance Response to the Proposed Regional Plan Review Themes & Directions”. We highlight some special concerns that we have as naturalist organizations below.

GREEN SPACE IN HRM: A LOT OF PROGRESS, BUT CONTINUING DEGRADATION

As naturalist societies and individually, it has been gratifying to participate in various HRM initiatives related to our ‘green spaces’ and we have been especially encouraged by the unanimous Regional Council support for the Halifax Green Network Plan in 2018 (but yet to be implemented). At the same time, however, we are witnessing continuing degradation of our green spaces. Continue reading

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NSWFS Field Trip: Sat June 12/21 10:00-12:00hrs. Jack Pine Barrens

Members Only. Max 5 participants.

Jack Pine Barrens:  Jack pine ,open and closed cones; Mountain sandwort; Hudsonia, Chokeberry, and others in bloom now.  Meet Parking Lot Near Naval Firefighting School. Will walk to selected sites along Purcel’s Cove Rd. and drive to 1-2 other sites. 10:00-12:00. Please register with Charles Cron by Friday night,10:00pm.

Call 902 477 8272 leave message,or email ccron72@hotmail.com.

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Annual General Meeting Apr 26

Eastern Dwarf Mistletoe (Arceuthobium pusillum) in bloom – Jeffrey White

The Annual General Meeting of the Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society will be held Monday, April 26 at 07:00 PM Atlantic Time.

At 8 pm Conservation Data Centre Keynote Speakers, Sean Blaney (Executive Director & Senior Scientist) and Colin Chapman (Botanist/Lichenologist) will join us, to speak about their conservation work.

If you are a member or would like to be and do not have an invite to the Zoom meeting, please contact Anne Mills  ocotillo8@gmail.com

See the “2020-2021 AGM” under “About Us” for the agenda and president’s message.

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NSWFS Field Trip : Digby Neck area. Sat. April 3 2021

We will meet Rev.Jeffrey White at Digby 10:00 am at the Tim Hortons parking lot just off the 101 Exit 26.  The Roundabout should take you to an Irving Station on the left entering Digby at Conway.  The Tim Hortons is next on the left.( If you need gas get it there). We will then travel in convoy to Digby Neck. Please register with Charles Cron if you wish to come. Call 902 477 8272 leave message (name telephone&/email ) or send email  (ccron72@hotmail.com) so he can contact you.

Limitations: 2 or max 3 passengers per car ,wear masks, we will social distance on site; if too many, we will divide into smaller groups  – observing Covid-19 precautions). Hiking boots should be OK, rubber boots probably best. Expect soft wet ground, most spots.

Photos of Skunk Cabbage: Bob Kennedy
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NSWFS Monthly ZOOM Meeting Feb 22 – Lichen Conservation in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society regular business will begin at 7 PM and our speaker; Brad Toms, will join us at 7:30 p.m.

Brad is a Wildlife Biologist at the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute and will present on how to find and identify the lichens protected under endangered species legislation in Nova Scotia.

Zoom links and invitations have been sent out to members. If you are a member and have not received one or wish to become a member, please contact ocotillo8@gmail.com
Topic: NSWFS – February Monthly Meeting – Lichen Conservation in Nova Scotia
Time: Feb 22, 2021 07:00 PM Atlantic Time (Canada)
Photos Bob Kennedy, Jefferey White
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NSWFS Monthly ZOOM Meeting Mar 22 – Old Growth Identification and Protection on Crown Lands

 

The Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society is inviting you to our March 22nd, 2021 ZOOM Meeting. Regular business will start at 7:00 pm.

Our presenters from Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry will be Peter Bush – Provincial Landscape Ecologist of  Forest Research and Planning and Brad Butt – Research and Planning Forester. They will join us at 7:30 pm to speak and answer questions about Old Growth Identification and Protection on Crown Lands in Nova Scotia.

Zoom links and invitations have been sent out to members. If you are a member and have not received one or wish to become a member, please contact ocotillo8@gmail.com
Topic: NSWFS – March Monthly Meeting – Old Growth Forest on Crown Lands
Time: Mar 22, 2021 07:00 PM Atlantic Time (Canada)
Photos Mary Macaulay
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Published today: Barrens Ecosystems in Nova Scotia: Classification of Heathlands and Related Plant Communities

NSWFS member Caitlin Porter is lead author of this magnificent publication:

Porter, C.J.M., Basquill, S.P. and Lundholm, J.T. 2020. Barrens Ecosystems in Nova Scotia: Classification of Heathlands and Related Plant Communities. Joint publication of Nova Scotia government and Saint Mary’s University. Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry, Biodiversity Reference Guide 2020-001.

Caitlin J.M. Porter, Department of Biology, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS

 Sean P. Basquill, Wildlife Division, Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry, Kentville, NS; Department of Biology, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS

Jeremy T. Lundholm, Department of Biology, Department of Environmental Sciences, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS

It’s 72 pages, well illustrated with photos and maps. It is available in pdf form at https://novascotia.ca/natr/wildlife/pdf/Barrens-Classification.pdf
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NSWFS appeals planned logging on Crown land in Cumberland Co. 15Dec2020

Submitted to Forestry Maps via the HPMV (Harvest Plan Map Viewer, re: DNR ID CU060268, 9 ha Variable Retention 20% 

We (NSWFS) have walked the extent of this proposed clearcut (20% retention) and have established that it is old growth climax mixed acadian forest (circa at least 200 years old) with exceptionally unusual understory moss, lichen and tree lichen biodiversity. Somewhat of a “rain forest”.

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AGM by Zoom January 6, 2021

Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society
Annual General Meeting 2019/2020 Years (combined due to COVID 19)

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Via Zoom due to COVID 19

RSVP by Dec. 30 to Anne Mills ocotillo8ATgmail.com
If you can join us on Zoom!
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Eagle Hill Online Seminars

A rare opportunity to tap into their knowledge of grasses and sedges without having to travel to Maine.

Flyers for the first Eagle Hill Online-only Mini-seminars are now available!

These are intensive, live, online training opportunities taught by expert instructors on Zoom. These Mini-seminars have broad geographic applicability and their formats are variable, depending upon the subject matter and the teaching preferences of the instructors. Each includes suggestions for readings, online videos, and websites to efficiently augment what is covered during online presentations. All are taught outside of normal work-week hours, i.e., during evenings and on weekends. See below for flyers with scheduling details and descriptions.

Participants need to have a Zoom account (https://zoom.us ; sign-up is free). They will receive a secure link to join the instructor before each class.

Individual classes will be recorded and made available to stream (not download) for the duration of the seminar by its participants, so they are able to review them or make up missed ones.

General Information

Online Calendar

Registration

If you have any other questions, feel free to email us at office@eaglehill.us or call us at 207.546.2821 Ext. 4

Online Mini-seminars

Flyers with descriptions for each of these Online-only Mini-seminars can be found by clicking the underlined seminar titles below. The flyers can also be found on our calendar webpage. Those that are still pending will be available on the calendar webpage shortly.

Leaf Mining and Stem Mining Insects

Instructor: Charley Eiseman
Dates: July 25 – August 29 (Five consecutive Saturdays, but not August 15. [i.e., July 25; Aug 1, 8, 22, 29])
Times: 7:00-9:00 PM EST

Identification of Lepidoptera Through Micro-dissection

Instructor: Paul Dennehy
Dates: July 27–31
Times: 6:30-8:30 PM EST

Biology and Field Identification of Amphibians and Reptiles

Instructor: Lynda Miller
Dates: July 28 – Aug 6. (Tue, Thu, Sat, Tue, Thu.)
Times: 7:00-9:00 PM EST

The Poet and The Natural World

Instructor: Hayley Kolding
Dates: July 29–August 26 (July 29, August 5, August 12, August 19, August 26)
Times: 6:30-8:30 PM EST

“Introduction to Tardigrade Study and Identification”

Instructor: Emma Perry
Dates: Saturdays, August 1–29
Times: 1:00–3:00 PM EST

“Painting Hummingbirds in Watercolor”

Instructor: Dorie Petrochko
Dates: September 4–October 2
Times: Sept 4: 5-7 PM EST, Sept 12: 5-7 PM EST, Sept 19: 5-7 PM EST, Sept 26: 5-7 PM EST, October 2: 4-7 PM, EST

“Identification of Common Grasses (Poaceae) Using Field Features”

Instructor: Robert Lichvar
Dates: September 21–25
Times: 7:00–9:00 PM EST

“Identification of Common Carex (Sedges) Using Field Features”

Instructor: Robert Lichvar
Dates: October 5–7
Times: 7:00–9:00 PM EST

Eagle Hill Publishing – Peer-reviewed scientific journals

office@eaglehill.us, Phone: 207.546.2821 Ext. 4, Fax: 207-546-3042

Eagle Hill Institute
PO Box 9, 59 Eagle Hill Road, Steuben, ME 04680-0009, United States

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