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February 2019

Field Trip: CANCELLED Winter on Snowshoes

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:55 am
Wolfville Waterfront, Harbourside Drive
Wolfville, Nova Scotia Canada
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This field trip is CANCELLED due to a lack of snow. Saturday, February 9, 2019– Winter on Snowshoes. Snow transforms the landscape into stories that unfold as we follow tracks of foxes, mice, and other mammals. A Snowshoe Hare hops along and is pounced on by a Great Horned Owl. Without snow to show us the tracks, wing marks, and perhaps a drop of blood, we would not have known the drama took place. Soren Bondrup-Nielsen (902) 582-3971 will lead…

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Regular February Meeting: Contaminants and Key Marine Sites for Seabirds

February 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Beveridge Arts Centre, Acadia University, Room BAC241

Looking Out and Looking In: Connections Between Colonial Seabirds, Contaminants, and Marine Protection by Mark Mallory In this chat, Mark will discuss examples of his lab's research on seabirds nesting along the Arctic and Atlantic coasts, and how seabirds are useful sentinels of the health of marine ecosystems. In particular, he'll talk about the lab's work on tracking seabirds and how that is used for marine spatial planning and marine protected work, as well as research on contaminants at seabird…

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March 2019

Regular March Meeting: Species at Risk

March 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Beveridge Arts Centre, Acadia University, Room BAC241

Tom Herman, PhD Professor Emeritus Department of Biology Acadia University COSEWIC - the first step from extinction: a Canadian success story This talk explores the history and workings of COSEWIC – the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. We’ll look at how it works, why it works, and how it fits into our overall efforts to protect biodiversity at risk in Canada.

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April 2019

Regular April Meeting: Student Research at Acadia

April 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
K.C Irving Environmental Science Centre, 32 University Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia Canada
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At this meeting we will have presentations by four Acadia students who will talk about their research projects. NOTE THAT DUE TO EXAMS, THIS MEETING ONLY WILL BE HELD IN THE BASEMENT OF THE K.C. IRVING ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CENTRE. Using Hunter-sourced Materials to Study Black Bears in the Maritimes Brittni Scott, MSc Candidate, Biology, Acadia University This study is estimating the genetic health of our bears and what may be affecting it, as well as investigating the population structure to…

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HRM City Nature Challenge

April 26 - April 29

Halifax Regional Municipality City Nature Challenge We're gearing up for the HRM City Nature Challenge, a fun competition across the world! In 2019, 65 cities, 17 countries, and 5 continents — to document the most species. From April 26 - 29, 2019 we'll need people to help us take observations (e.g. taking photos with your phone or camera) of as many species as possible to record nature in the Halifax Regional Municipality. All species count! This information will help create…

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Early Valley Birding

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Just Us Coffee, Hortonville, 11865 Highway 1
Hortonville, Nova Scotia Canada
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Sunday, April 28, 2019 — Early Valley Birding. Leader: Patrick Kelly (902-472-2322(h), patrick.kelly@dal.ca) Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Just Us Coffee parking lot in Hortonville. We will be looking for nesting raptors (they like to get an early start!), lingering winter visitors, and maybe some early arrivals. Our route will go from Grand Pré, to Canning, ending at Miners Marsh in Kentville. If you have never been to Miners Marsh this will be a good time to learn where it…

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May 2019

Spring Bird Migration – Global Big Day

May 4
Kings County

Saturday, May 4, 2019—Global Big Day, A few years ago, eBird started the Global Big Day (GBD) on the first Saturday of May, one week ahead of the usual N.S. Migration Bird Count time. Many BNS members are already regular users of eBird. GBD and the resources of eBird can fill in somewhat for the NSMC. So members should  join eBird and plan to enjoy birding on May 4 this year.  After your day of birding, report your checklist to eBird, which will…

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Cape Split Hike I

May 12 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cape Split

Sunday, May 12, 2019 – Cape Split Hike. Make a trip to Cape Split with Patrick Kelly (patrick.kelly@dal.ca 472-2322) and possibly other leaders. There will be interpretive stops along the way. Spring wildflowers and birds should be abundant. This walk requires good footwear and people are reminded to stay away from the edge of the cliff. You should bring water with you and a lunch as we usually do not get to the end of the trail until lunch time.…

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Cape Split Hike II

May 19 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sunday, May 19, 2018 – Cape Split Hike. Make a trip to Cape Split with Patrick Kelly (patrick.kelly@dal.ca 472-2322) and possibly other leaders. There will be interpretive stops along the way. Spring wildflowers and birds should be abundant. This walk requires good footwear and people are reminded to stay away from the edge of the cliff. You should bring water with you and a lunch as we usually do not get to the end of the trail until lunch time.…

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Regular BNS Monthly Meeting: Members Night at the Wolfville Farmer’s Market

May 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wolfville Farmer’s Market, 24 Elm Ave
Wolfville, Nova Scotia B4P 2S3 Canada
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NOTE THE CHANGE IN LOCATION FOR THIS MEETING! Everyone is invited! If you would like to make a presentation, you are invited to show no more that five "slides" about which you are prepared to talk. You will have to provide the slides in a digital format several days before the meeting so that they can be pre-loaded on a computer. Contact Solen Bondrup-Nielsen (soren@bondrup.com). The time will be from 7:30–9:30 PM. There will be refreshments.

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