Category Archives: Natural History

The way of Nova Scotia forests

In The way things used to be (CH Mar 14, 2017), Zak Metcalfe writes of how his interview with forest ecologist Donna Crossland gave him a glimpse of our pre-Columbian forest and how that changed quickly following European settlement. Before … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia’s Clearcut Refugees

“A strong argument for the inhumanity of clear cutting is that we put at risk all animals that are forced into refugee status.” – Soren Bondrup-Nielsen In a recent post on the NatureNS listserv (a birds and natural history discussion … Continue reading

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Monday Feb. 27, 2017: The Forested Wetlands Project

A developing Forested Wetlands Project will be the topic of a presentation by Logan Gray and Sydney Bliss to Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society, 7:30 p.m. at Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History in Halifax; all welcome. View Details “Forested … Continue reading

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Acadia Lifelong Learning: The Secret Life of Acadian Forest Flora

An article in the Kings County News highlights this short course that will be given by Melanie Priesnitz. From the

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Forest fungi in the news again

An earlier post ( Oct 24, 2016: How trees talk to each other) highlighted research by a B.C. scientist showing how trees communicate via mycorrhizal (fungal) networks in the soil, even allowing older trees to nurture younger, shaded trees. A … Continue reading

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Protecting Nova Scotia’s true boreal forest

True boreal forest in Nova Scotia is special; “borealized” Acadian forest is not. We go to great efforts in Nova Scotia to “borealize” our native mixed Acadian forest by clearcutting on short rotations and use of herbicide to create even-aged, … Continue reading

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How old are old Halifax oaks?

Halifax hosts some magnificent red oaks, readily distinguished at a distance in winter by their distinctive gnarly profiles. When I see one cut down, I like to count the rings and have been surprised at the relatively young age of … Continue reading

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How trees talk to each other

In this TED video, Suzanne Simard, a well published Professor of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, tells an amazing story of how trees nurture each other and makes compelling scientific arguments for taking a new approach to forest … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia Forests of the Anthropocene: More Youthful and Slender; Winners and Losers; Sunnier Soils Ahead

Donna Crossland will talk on this topic at a meeting of the Blomidon Field Naturalists on Monday, October 17, 2016 at Acadia University. View details. I attended an earlier version of this presentation at the Nature Nova Scotia 2016 Conference … Continue reading

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Climate change will be hard on balsam fir, black spruce

UNB prof. Charles Bourque is cited in a recent CBC report as predicting that “New Brunswick may see softwood species such as balsam fir and black spruce disappear from the province’s forests over the next 80 years or so.” Read … Continue reading

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