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May 2019

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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June 2019

Treasured Wetlands of Nova Scotia – Blomidon Vernal Pool

June 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Blomidon Provincial Park, 3138 Pereau Rd,
Canning, Nova Scoti B0P1H0 Canada
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Treasured Wetlands of Nova Scotia, is a celebration of wetlands recognizing  exceptional representatives of wetland types, or wetlands that supply significant benefits to Nova Scotia, each year. One of the wetlands this year is the Blomidon Vernal pool, located in the Blomidon Provincial Park. An event will be held June 1st at 10am, to recognize its selection as a Treasured Wetland; John Brazner of the Dept. of Lands and Forestry will lead a guided walk to the pool and discuss…

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June 8 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Michael Avenue, Meadowvale, Michael Avenue
Meadowvale, Nova Scotia B0P 1W0 Canada
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Just a note to let you know that next Saturday, June 8th, Blomidon Naturalists Society is hosting a mini-bio-blitz in Meadowvale, a super example of a Sand Barren Heathland, a rare and very beautiful ecosystem located in the Annapolis Valley. This habitat is home to a host of fascinating lichens, plants, insects, and more, with many more exciting finds yet to be discovered. There's not a lot of Sand Barren Heathland of this quality that's publicly accessible, so luckily we…

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Regular BNS Monthly Meeting: Eating Wild in Nova Scotia & Going to Court for Species at Risk

June 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Beveridge Arts Centre, Acadia University, Room BAC241

The main presentation will be Eating Wild in Nova Scotia & Going to Court for Species at Risk, by Jamie Simpson. Jamie Simpson will present a double feature with a talk about his latest book, Eating Wild in Eastern Canada, and an update on the court case to hold the Department of Lands and Forestry to account for their legal obligations under the Endangered Species Act.

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September 2019

Connecting to Nature Through Birding

September 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Beveridge Arts Centre, Acadia University, Room BAC241

This is a Special Presentation sponsored by the Blomidon Naturalists Society! Connecting to Nature Through Birding by Sean and Sonya Richmond Sonya and Sean are walking 24,000 km across Canada on the Great Trail (formerly the Trans-Canada Trail) to connect families, youth, and individuals to nature through birding. Come learn about their amazing journey, Important Bird Areas, a few fun steps you can take to help birds in your area, as well as how to use a few simple, free…

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Regular September Monthly Meeting: Fungal Friends and Foes of Nova Scotia

September 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Beveridge Arts Centre, Acadia University, Room BAC241

Fungal Friends and Foes of Nova Scotia by Allison Walker Join us to learn about edible and poisonous mushrooms in Nova Scotia forests, as well as research in the Walker Mycology lab at Acadia University and upcoming mushroom forays. Allison Walker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Acadia University.

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Flying Squirrel Adventures: Conservation Dogs

September 21 @ 9:45 am - 12:15 pm
Hemlock Ravine, 32 Main Street
Kentville, Nova Scotia B4N 1J5 Canada
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Saturday, September 21st from 9:45 am - 12:15 pm in the Kentville Ravine. Flying Squirrel Adventures is resuming its regular monthly schedule and is excited to bring you a very special session about conservation dogs led by biologist and dog trainer Simon Gadbois from Dalhousie University. He'll bring along Ivy, a 3-year-old Red Golden Retriever who will show us how much she loves people, and then, if she has any energy left, how she works in trailing and tracking. Event…

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October 2019

BNS Regular Meeting: Forests Beyond Borders

October 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Beveridge Arts Centre, Acadia University, Room BAC241

This will be a joint presentation of the Blomidon Naturalists Society and the Valley Gardeners Club Forests beyond Borders: Exploring the Acadian Forest Region and More at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens by Adrien Rawley. Come learn about the establishment, growth and future vision of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and how they are directly connected to our very own Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens! Adrien Rawley is Horticulture Assistant and Educator at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens.

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Field Trip: Mushrooms

October 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Kentville Ravine Upper Entrance

There will be a late season mushroom walk held at the Kentville Ravine (on the grounds of the Kentville Agriculture Centre) on Saturday, October 26th beginning at 9:00 am at the Picnic Shelter. The trail is steep and potentially slippery if wet, so all participants are cautioned to have sturdy footwear. A walking stick is a good idea for extra support on the side hill. We will start about 9:00 am and finish about noon or 12:30 after the steep…

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November 2019

Annual General Meeting / Marine Protected Areas

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

The November Meeting is our Annual General Meeting. After the AGM, we will will have a talk called: Marine Protected Areas: Challenges and Opportunities in Atlantic Canada by Jordy Thomson Marine protected areas are a cornerstone of effective ocean conservation. Despite the fact that Canada is an ocean nation with over 200,000 km of coastline, we have been slow to implement protected areas in our coastal and marine waters, with < 1% protected as recently as 2015. However, this is now…

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