Category Archives: Conservation

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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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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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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In the Chebucto News: Rugged. Rich. Rare. Protect Purcell’s Cove Backlands 2Nov2022

An article by Cathy Vaughn in the latest (November) issue of the Chebucto News makes the case for protection of the Backlands very succinctly.  It begins: Rugged granite barrens, rich ecosystems, and rare glacially sculpted landscapes are tucked among Spryfield’s … Continue reading

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It’s a a great time to view Jack Pine-Crowberry Barrens & Whalebacks on the Osprey Trail 27Oct2022

Mid fall, when the huckleberry leaves turn fire engine just before finally being shed, is a great time to visit our Jack Pine-Crowberry Barrens.  We are past the peak of it now, especially with recent heavy winds and rains, but … Continue reading

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