Category Archives: Natural History

A suite of Nova Scotia Forest & Forestry related presentations 16Jun2022

A suite of Youtube videos of presentations related to Nova Scotia’s forests and forestry given at several recent annual meetings has appeared on Youtube recently. They cover a wide range of topics and perspectives. 1. Videos from 2022 Central Woodland … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia government puts hold on logging of Crown land in watershed hosting endangered Atlantic Whitefish 9May2022

UPDATE May 10 2022: Reprieve for critically endangered Atlantic whitefish as logging plans halted by Paul Withers for CBC News “N.S. government cites concerns road construction needed to access area near Bridgewater could harm lakes” ——— I just received, as … Continue reading

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Comment 2 on the draft Nova Scotia Old Growth Forest Policy: on the significance of historic blowdowns and Pit and Mound topography 5Dec2021

SUMMARY There are many old forest stands in Nova Scotia that developed following blowdown of Old Growth in the Saxby Gale (1869) and the Nova Scotia storm (1871) and thus have maximum possible ages today circa 140 years, the age … Continue reading

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“Finding the Mother Tree” – can it change the way we manage our forests in Nova Scotia? 9May2021?

A remarkable story was published this past week: Finding The Mother Tree: Discovering The Wisdom Of The Forest by Suzanne Simard, 368 pages, Published:May 4, 2021, by Penguin Random House. Listed at $Can $34.95 It’s remarkable in many respects: as … Continue reading

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What’s the earliest flowering native plant in Nova Scotia? The quest continues 6Apr2021

In an effort to answer the question, Bob Guscott went to the one place where he could find the two candidates – Eastern Dwarf Mistletoe and Skunk Cabbage – close together

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As Hurricane Teddy heads our way, some thoughts about our windblown Nova Scotia forests 21Sep2020

Hurricane Teddy is tracking northward and “is expected to impact Atlantic Canada and the Gulf of St. Lawrence region Tuesday and Wednesday as a “very dangerous” post-tropical storm as it moves through the region, bringing strong winds, heavy rain, storm … Continue reading

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Ornithologist talks about Migratory Birds and Forestry in Nova Scotia 15Jul2020

I hope that Prof. Staicer’s presentation is widely viewed – and assimilated There is a lot of info about birds that is well known to birdwatchers when you talk to them, but is often hard to access or to fully … Continue reading

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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 ยท 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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