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Protecting Wetlands Workshop Thursday February 2, 2023 at Captain Spry Centre

Received from EAC: “A Protecting Wetlands Workshop cohosted by the Ecology Action Centre, Nature Nova Scotia and Halifax Regional Municipality, [will be] taking place on World Wetlands Day (Thursday February 2) from 9:00am to 12:30pm at the Captain Spry Centre … Continue reading

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Tues Jan 10, 2023: “The Chebucto Peninsula and Moose Habitat Connectivity”

UPDATE Jan 10, 2023 A few items of interest from the webinar: – The main reasons for excluding the Chebucto Peninusla from the CORE areas for Mainland Moose are, to paraphrase, (i) the  low number of moose, on the Chebucto … Continue reading

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Bald Eagle in the Backlands 1Jan2023

Wrote birder Joshua Barss Donham on New Years Day: Happy New Year to all! Majesty in the Backlands! Watched this magnificent Bald Eagle dry its wings and preen while perched in a pine overlooking the lower Macintosh Run this afternoon. … Continue reading

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Passing of Backlands Advocate Alan Ruffman 28Dec2022

Alan Ruffman, a marine geologist well known to the environmental community in the Halifax area and a regular participant in public hearings related to the Backlands, passed away on Dec 28, 2022. Some extracts from A legacy of community activism: … Continue reading

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Suite of new NS Nature Trust conservation properties include land in the Backlands 23Dec2022

From  Nova Scotia Nature Trust*: “We’re excited to announce six new protected areas across the province that will be secured before the end of 2022, from Cape Breton to the south shore. On the heels of the recent COP15 United … Continue reading

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Celebrating Winter: “Ask an Elder: What do you call the winter months in the Mi’kmaw language?” 21Dec 2022

This CBC item of a few years ago is a wonderful and “seasonally appropriate” introduction to the Mik’maq language. To delve  further into this truly incredible language, as a settler descendant I highly recommend The Language of this Land, Mi’kma’ki … Continue reading

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Birds in the Backlands: Indicators of the Health of the Habitat 21Dec2022

Backlands Birders Joshua Barss Donham and Fulton Lavender prepared presentations on the theme “Birds in the Backlands: Indicators of the Health of the Habitat” for a Backlands Ecology Workshop that we held recently. In Forest Birds in the Backlands, Joshua … Continue reading

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Helping the Common Loon to stay common 17Nov2022

UPDATE: New Loon Documentary. View Loons, A Cry from the Mist. Thx to PH/KS. Some background on the video on Birds Canada ——– Backlanders Katie S and Martha L passed on this notice about a new documentary on the Common … Continue reading

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November flowering of Mountain Sandwort on our Jack Pine – Crowberry Barrens

The November flowering is pretty unusual. There is lots else that is special about this plant and its setting in the Backlands. Birdwatcher and Backlands enthusiast Joshua Barss Donham forwarded this pic to me a few days ago, commenting that … Continue reading

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Seeing is believing! 8Nov2022

You have to see the uniqueness of the Backlands to believe that such a rare and rugged place exists in HRM. This aerial video of the Backlands is worth a million superlatives. The Drone Team is led by Antonio with … Continue reading

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