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Staying on the trail protects ground-nesting Dark-eyed Junco 18Apr2024

This cutie is a juvenile Dark-eyed Junco – you can help ensure they grow into an adult by staying on trails when you’re hiking in the Backlands & other wilderness areas. How does keeping your feet (& your pet’s feet) … Continue reading

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A “missing link” in the Purcells Cove Backlands is protected – NS Nature Trust 2Apr2023

From Nature Trust’s Landlines for Apr 2, 2024 “…The second property lies within the Purcells Cove Backlands, a unique urban wildland in the heart of Halifax. Popular for hiking and picnicking, swimming and skating, birding and botanizing, the Backlands are … Continue reading

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Ground-Nesting Birds 2024: American Woodcock 1Apr2024

This funny little feathered friend would like to thank you for sticking to the trails while they’re nesting – contrary to what we often think about birds, the American Woodcock makes its nests right on the ground. Woodcocks are secretive … Continue reading

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Ground-Nesting Birds 2024: Dark Eyed Junco 1Apr 2024

Its nesting season for the Dark-eyed Junco & you can help… With nests at ground level rather than in trees, Dark-eyed Juncos could really use a bit of cooperation from us 2-legged visitors to the wilderness – from March 20th … Continue reading

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Ground-Nesting Birds 2024: Intro 1Apr2024

INTRO (Apr 1, 2024) Spring is in the air… and underfoot That’s right, we said “underfoot” and we’re not talking about a budding crocus… Over the next few months, we will be sharing profiles of four ground-nesting bird species found … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia Nature Trust ‘Marching in’ to save more Backlands 6Mar2024

Dear Friends of the Backlands, This is such good news for our mission to protect the Backlands. As you will read below, the Nova Scotia Nature Trust has a campaign to protect 17 acres of treasured land near Purcells Pond. … Continue reading

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Backlands Coalition Response to the Housing Accelerator Fund Proposed Amendments 16Feb2024

Backlands Coalition Response to the Housing Accelerator Fund proposed amendments Regarding the Suburban Development Requests: Our position reflects our values The mission of the Backlands Coalition: to ensure no loss of wildlife habitat in the Backlands and to preserve them … Continue reading

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Today: Halifax to consider signing The Montréal Pledge – Cities United in Action for Biodiversity 12Dec2023

It’s item No 15.1.4 on the Agenda for today (Dec 12, 2023) Motion: That Halifax Regional Council: 1. Suspend the rules of procedure under Schedule 5, the Environment and Sustainability Standing Committee Terms of Reference, of Administrative Order One, the … Continue reading

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Northwest Arm Infill 4Dec 2023

By: Cathy Vaughan Reprinted with permission from Chebucto News Besides healthy sea breezes, the Northwest Arm has gifted HRM citizens with beauty, peace, recreation, fishing and transportation. This popular, well-loved public waterway is now facing a complicated dilemma with the … Continue reading

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Williams Lake Dam Repairs Preliminary work begins 4Dec2023

  From the Williams Lake Conservation Company: Dear Members and Friends of the Williams Lake Conservation Company: We’re excited to update you on the long-standing issue of the Williams Lake Dam! Build Nova Scotia has issued the following public service … Continue reading

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