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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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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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Mini-Bio-Blitz

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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