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December 2019

Kingston Christmas Bird Count

December 21, 2019
Kingston, Nova Scotia Canada

The Kingston Christmas Bird Count will be held Saturday, December 21.  There is still room for keen birders if you want to join this effort it is a great chance for a few young or beginning birders to get out with more experienced ones. Contact Wayne Neily: neilyornis@hotmail.com (902) 765-2455.

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West Hants Christmas Bird Count

December 29, 2019

Sunday, December 29, 2019 West Hants Christmas Bird Count Patrick Kelly (902 472–2322, patrick.kelly@dal.ca) will be compiling the count again this year. All are welcome to participate, but please contact the compiler as soon as possible so that you can be included in the planning. If you live or visit within the count circle, keep your eyes open for unusual birds observed the count week period, Dec. 26–28 and Dec. 30–Jan. 1. There will be a potluck after the count,…

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January 2020

Regular January Meeting: Expedition to Isle Haute.

January 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Beveridge Arts Centre, Acadia University, Room BAC241

A Natural History Expedition to Isle Haute. ByJames Churchil and Alain Belliveau Ornithologist James Churchill and botanist Alain Belliveau will guide you though their multi-day 2018 expedition on the Bay of Fundy's mysterious Isle Haute, investigating the island's birds, plants, lichens, and rugged landscape. Along the way, they discover dozens of new species for the island's checklist, including many rarities that are almost exclusively found in the Bay of Fundy region within Canada.

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February 2020

February Regular Meeting: Pre-Atlantic Evolution of Atlantic Canada

February 17 @ 7:30 pm
Beveridge Arts Centre, Acadia University, Room BAC241

The main presentation will be: Pre-Atlantic Evolution of Atlantic Canada By Richard Haworth Some elements of the evolution of Atlantic Canada before the opening of the current Atlantic Ocean can be derived from geological and geophysical observations.  The author’s ignorance will be exposed in trying to explain these observations and the conclusions from them.

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April 2020

POSTPONED TO APRIL Regular Meeting: Acadia Student Research

April 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Beveridge Arts Centre, Acadia University, Room BAC241

THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL. THERE WILL BE NO MARCH MEETING. We will be having three students from Arcadia University presenting their research work. Preserving our ecological ancestors: mapping remaining old growth forests in the Annapolis Valley to guide conservation efforts Riley Scanlan, Environmental Science Old growth forests now only accounts for less than 1% of the Acadian Forest Region of Nova Scotia, down from 50%. These ecosystems provide vital roles in the carbon cycle, maintaining biodiversity and in…

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May 2020

BNS Regular May Meeting

May 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This meeting will be held using Zoom software. See details below on how to attend the meeting. The Life and Times of Tidal Flat Invertebrates of the Minas Basin   by Dr. Glenys Gibson Curious about the secret life of invertebrates of the Minas Basin? The Minas Basin is world renowned  for having some of the highest tides in the world, creating a dynamic and challenging environment for its inhabitants, with high sediment loads in the water and constantly shifting…

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June 2020

BNS Regular June Meeting: Citizen Science’s Role in a Global Biodiversity Observation Network

June 15 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 pm

Mike Gill will be giving a presentation titled:   From Local to Global and Back Again: Citizen Science's role in aGlobal Biodiversity Observation NetworkDescription: this presentation will profile the increasingly important role of citizen science in global efforts to better monitor the pulse of our planet. An overview of the development of a global biodiversity observation network will be profiled and examples of how citizen science is used to support informed conservation action will be shown.   Mike Gill Director, Biodiversity Indicators Program at…

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July 2020

Mission-Monarch Blitz

July 24 @ 8:00 am - August 2 @ 5:00 pm

Monarchs are in the Annapolis Valley and laying eggs at this time. In order to determine the health of population of this endangered species, we needed to survey for their presence. The annual Mission-Monarch Blitz occurs during the week between 24 July and 2 August. If you know of milkweed plots, I urge you to survey them and report all the Monarchs that you see, whether egg, caterpillar, chrysalis or adult. If do not see any after a thorough search,…

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August 2020

Ask The Expert: Celebrating Monarch Butterflies

August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The monarch butterfly undergoes a tremendous trek and takes several generations to migrate north from Mexico through the US and southern Canada before the fourth generation returns to overwinter in Mexico. Join our August webinar session where monarch experts will answer your questions about the fascinating qualities of this species from larva to butterfly and everything in between! All ages and experiences encouraged. Advance questions are encouraged to allow our presenters time to prepare. REGISTER and submit your questions here.…

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September 2020

Regular September Meeting: Mars 2020

September 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The regular BNS monthly meeting will take place at 7:30 PM on Monday, September 21 using Zoom. The main presentation will be: Mars 2020 by Patrick Kelly Every two years (and a bit), Mars gets really close to Earth, becoming one of the brightest objects in the night sky. Learn why this happens and why astronomers look forward to these events. You will also learn how to find Mars (which will be quite easy given how bright it will be), and…

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