Category Archives: Conservation

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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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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A natural analogue for “Sponge Cities”: “Whaleback Barrens” in the Halifax Backlands 5Nov2023

On Nov 2, 2023, I happened to view a CBC TV News item item about “Montreal… building dozens of ‘sponge parks’ to soak up excess rain I was struck by one scene in particular, of a linear sponge park alongside … Continue reading

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McIntosh Run Watershed Association submits comments to the Regional Plan Review 25Oct2023

In June of this year, HRM Planners submitted a draft of the Municipal Regional Plan and asked for feedback from the community. That consultation period was concluded on Oct 27, 2023. McIntosh Run Watershed Association (MRWA) submitted  comments to the … Continue reading

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Backlands Coalition submits comments to the Regional Plan Review 27Oct2023

In June of this year, HRM Planners submitted a draft of the Municipal Regional Plan and asked for feedback from the community. That consultation period is now over and the Backlands Coalition has submitted detailed comments to the planners. Our … Continue reading

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