Category Archives: Conservation

Some upbeat thoughts on the International Day for Biological Diversity 22May2019

UPDATE May 22, 2019 evening – Positive news begets positive news. Prof David Garbary of StFX sent me this message: I just saw your recent Forest Notes contribution. Here is another positive bit of biodiversity news from the marine environment. … Continue reading

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iNaturalist keeping an eye on Nova Scotia’s forests 21May2019

Citizen science comes of age in NS forests It didn’t make national or international news, but Halifax did really well in the recent City Nature Challenge (April 26-29, 2019): And… the final results are in: Halifax, we did amazing! 7647 … Continue reading

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Intensive tree cull in Halifax’s Point Pleasant Park delayed until after nesting season; Nova Scotia L&F continues to ignore federal regs 12May2019

“We don’t want to disturb those nests — and the regulations stipulate that we can’t” – but there is no such compliance on provincially administered Crown lands It was International Migratory Birds Day on Sat May 11.  Appropriately, although coincidentally,  it … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia AG Report on followup of 2015/6 recommendations: zero of 5 recs completed for Species at Risk 26Mar2019

From: Report of the Auditor General to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, Follow-up of 2015 and 2016 Recommendations (submitted March 26, 2019): 1.10 The following recommendations from our 2016 species at risk audit have not been completed. The Department … Continue reading

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“An event that saddened and angered me”, Minister Rankin/Nova Scotia L&F please follow up 10Mar2019

Posted on Healthy Forest Coalition late last night: HD: I am not one to write on this site but today I have to describe an event that saddened and angered me. On a trip north through the Margaree Valley this … Continue reading

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EAC/ECELAW critique Nova Scotia L&F administered Biodiversity Act process 2Mar2019

The Liberals rolled out their plan to create  a Nova Scotia Biodiversity Act along with a promise to “initiate a thorough and independent review of our current forestry practices” as part of their platform for the 2017 provincial election. Unlike the … Continue reading

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March 12-13, 2019: Forested Wetlands in Atlantic Canada Concluding Project Workshop

Info about the workshop as received: Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia Room 303, Student Union Building, 6136 University Ave. Oral and poster presentations on Tuesday March 12, 9:30-18:30 Discussion and synthesis on Wednesday March 13, 9:00-12:30 Project partners and other … Continue reading

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“The beautiful Blue Felt Lichen (Pectenia plumbea) is Nova Scotia’s new provincial lichen!”

From LichenNS, this a.m.: “The beautiful Blue Felt Lichen (Pectenia plumbea) is our new provincial lichen! “In addition to turning a beautiful deep blue when wet, this distinctive lichen combines a thick gray scalloped body (thallus) topped with red-brown fruiting … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia L&F looking for Biodiversity-Species at Risk Biologist

‘Glad to know they weren’t looking for a defence lawyer “Date: Jan 28, 2019 Apply By: 2/11/2019 Lands and Forestry Biodiversity-Species at Risk Biologist (Biologist 1(A)-(B)-2(A)-(B)), Permanent, KENTVILLE Competition # 17731 “As the Biodiversity-Species at Risk Inventory & Monitoring Biologist, … Continue reading

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Wildlife biologist Bob Bancroft and nature organizations launch legal action for Nova Scotia’s species at risk

Update Jan 29, 2019: Nova Scotia naturalists take province to court in attempt to enforce Endangered Species Act Alexander Quon, Global News “It’s not trying to change policies; it’s trying to get them to actually enact the words that they … Continue reading

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