Category Archives: Natural History

MTRI Summer Seminar Series features Forest Biodiversity Management , Recreational Fisheries, Legal Context of “Habitat”, Highways/Landscape Connectivity 6Jul2020

Amongst some of the positive things we are learning to do in the Covid-19 era is near GHG-free meetings, discussions, lectures etc. I have been really enjoying the Medway Community Forest Coop Seminar Series and now MTRI (Mersey Tobeatic Research … Continue reading

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What a Canada Day gift: Cliffs of Fundy to become a designated UNESCO Global Geopark 1July2020

UPDATE: – It’s official! Cliffs of Fundy, Bonavista Peninsula named UNESCO Global Geoparks Emma Davie, Emily Chung · CBC News July 10, 2020 ———– There are so many special places in Nova Scotia. Twenty years ago or so, I fell … Continue reading

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Petition launched to “Protect birds from being destroyed during nesting season” in Canada quickly reaches 1000 signatures 7Jun2020

June 18 am, 2020 : 5,232 have signed on A petition launched by Bev Wigney of the public Facebook group Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology just before noon on June 6, 2020, to “Protect birds from being … Continue reading

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Nesting season in full swing and still no “Silent Season” for forestry in Nova Scotia 26May2020

UPDATE May 31, 2020: Healthy Forest Coalition launches initiative calling for the upholding of the international laws of the Migratory Birds Convention Act. Healthy Forest Coalition. Also view For the Birds (on HFC Facebook Page) UPDATE May 29, 2020: IT’S … Continue reading

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Experiencing serenity and sadness in the intervale forests of Nova Scotia 16May2020

I went with a friend for for a walk yesterday in some intervale (floodplain) forests in Hant’s Co. not too far  away. We found what we wanted to see:  the first wave of forest herbs that flower before the hardwoods … Continue reading

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What’s the earliest flowering native plant in Nova Scotia? 29Mar2020

It’s a toss-up between Skunk Cabbage and Dwarf Eastern Mistletoe I thought the answer was skunk cabbage, Symplocarpus foetidus, which I thought is found naturally only in SW Nova Scotia but, according to Nova Scotia Plants, also occurs in Cumberland … 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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Vote to choose a Nova Scotia Provincial lichen Species

Lichens NS, “where a group of like-minded lichen enthusiasts of varying levels of expertise join together for the facilitation of lichen stewardship in Nova Scotia, where many lichen species are known to be rare or threatened” is holding a poll … Continue reading

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Follow-up on The Mistake (Corbett/Dalhousie cut): letter from Annapolis naturalist to Nova Scotia Premier and others

“I ask that all of you give consideration to the future of this forest. Is it really worth destroying one of our exceedingly few remaining “old forests” – a stand of 21.5 hectares – in order to make a few … Continue reading

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Halifax Green Network Plan released June 21, 2018 puts Landscape Level Planning for Halifax well ahead of the province as a whole

The Final Draft of the The Halifax Green Network Plan, under development for several years,  was released on June 21, 2018. The Halifax Green Network Plan (HGNP) was initiated in 2015 shortly after the adoption of the 2014 Regional Municipality … Continue reading

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