A Brief History
The Blomidon Naturalists Society is organized under the Society’s Act of Nova Scotia and began in March 1974. Since then it has grown in membership to over 100 individual and family memberships. The Society organization is directed by an executive plus directors. The BNS is a registered charity and has conservation easement status with the province of Nova Scotia. Membership is open to any person interested in natural history.
The primary objective of the Society is to encourage and develop understanding and appreciation of nature in its members and the interested public. The word ‘nature’ is interpreted broadly and includes rocks, plants, animals, water, air, and stars.
The Society meets monthly at 7:30 pm in the evening on the third Monday of the Month (except in December when the meeting is on the second Monday and in July and August when there are no meetings). The usual meeting place is at Acadia University in the Irving Environmental Centre or the Beveridge Arts Centre (see Events for location). NOTE: In 2020 and 2021 meetings have and will be held virtually via internet contact (Zoom).
Field Trips are scheduled throughout the year usually on the weekends. NOTE: Field trips will be less frequent in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Precautions for gathering will be in place.
See Events for specific dates and time.
Blomidon Naturalists Society activities take place in Mi’kma’ki, the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which did not deal with the surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaw title. We want to recognize that outdoor education and play would not be possible without access to the natural world that has been stewarded since time immemorial by the many Indigenous peoples of this land. We acknowledge that we have a responsibility to honour and learn about their histories and current cultures and to actively work in support of reconciliation. We are committed to fostering respectful and sustainable relationships with the Indigenous Peoples of this land, with all other organisms, with the land and with the water.