Category Archives: Natural History

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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Old Forest Conservation Science Conference Oct 19-21, 2016

The Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute is holding an Old Forest Conservation Science Conference at the Debert Hospitality Centre, Nova Scotia on October 19th-21st, 2016. Conference topics include: – Research, monitoring and stewardship – Private land conservation – First Nations perspective … Continue reading

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Oldest known Pine Tree fossils are in NS!

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Celebrating Yellow Birch

Yesterday I attended the dedication of a new NS Nature Trust property on Partridge Island in Parrsboro. (View Press Release.) The presence of a healthy stand of 70% yellow birch is a celebrated feature of the property and the island. … Continue reading

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Ecologist’s perspective on the Keji-area fires

Hopefully the heavy rain over the last 24 hours has finally extinguished the fires in SW Nova Scotia. Donna Crossland, acting Ecologist for Parks Canada at Keji and on a team that has been fighting two of the fires, was … Continue reading

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Forest-Lake links: pollen

There were wonderful yellow-green creations by the shore on Dollar Lake where I spent Canada Day as illustrated in a few photos. I wondered whether pollen is a significant input to aquatic systems, ‘made a post on Twitter about it, … Continue reading

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