Category Archives: Natural History

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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Are cats more destructive to Nova Scotia’s forest birds than clearcutting?

NSDNR says Yes. The science indicates that there are far more direct kills of birds by cats  year to year than from forestry operations but the indirect effects of extensive clearcutting on short rotations in Nova Scotia are much more damaging in the longer term … Continue reading

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Warblers galore, spruce budworm & tweets

Spectacular birding in Quebec, but Nova Scotia also has lots to attract birders as well as birds with or without a budworm outbreak! There is a lot of excitement in the bird world: “At an observatory in Quebec, they were … Continue reading

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May 17, 2018: Species at Risk in Forested Wetlands returning to Nova Scotia

In our rapidly changing world, it’s can be re-assuring to view the same seasonal changes for another year. A couple of recent entries on the Birding News – Nova Scotia (posting entries on a Nature Nova Scotia Listserv) highlight the … Continue reading

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New Ecological Land Classification doc released by Nova Scotia DNR

Fortunately, one doesn’t really have to understand all of the nuances of hierarchical landscape classification or of the debates about natural disturbance regimes to appreciate most of this work as a guide to the landscapes of Nova Scotia. An article … Continue reading

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Mi’kmawey Forestry seeks locations of Wisqoq (Black Ash) in Nova Scotia

An Ad in the Chronicle Herald, March 24, 2018 highlights efforts the Mi’kmawey Forestry Team is making to re-establish and steward Wisqoq (Black Ash) in Nova Scotia, describes features that distinguish it from White Ash and asks that sightings be … Continue reading

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Rick Howe talks to Bob Bancroft about Nova Scotia DNR cutting Old Growth forest

Bob was interviewed by Rick Howe on the Rick Howe Show this a.m., a followup to the controversy surrounding cutting of purported Old Growth forest in the area of Loon Lake, Guysborough Co. (For some background, view archived posts on … Continue reading

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