David Patriquin’s article for January, 2016, describes the rocky intertidal zone in Nova Scotia.
Young Naturalists Club explores the intertidal at low tide on the day of the supermoon in September
“One might think that the rocky intertidal zone would be quite inhospitable for marine or terrestrial life…But visit such a shore when the tide is out and we see a dense patch of mussels in one spot, barnacles in another and a dense cover of seaweeds over most of it. Few places hold more fascination for children as they discover periwinkles, starfish, crabs, mussels, sea urchins, anemones and other invertebrates among the seaweeds and in tide pools.” Read more
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So writes Donna Crossland in her article on our native yew, published on December 21, 2015. Once abundant in Nova Scotia, but not now, Donna gained some perspective on it by talking to some ‘ol timers’. View article
Author Jamie Simpson holds his home-made white ash bow. (Cateline Landry)
“Fashioning a bow and arrow, tracking animals — it all takes time and patience” reads the subtitle on this article by Jamie Simpson “…When I cleaned the grouse, I opened its crop to see what its day’s foraging had been. I spilled out a tablespoon or two of fresh twigs with buds, which the grouse had snapped off of shrubs and trees that day with its beak. I recognized the round, reddish buds of the red maple tree.” Read more
Imagine the rugged beauty, adventure and natural wonders waiting in some of Nova Scotia’s 200-plus new protected areas.
The names are intriguing: Eastern Shore Islands, Giants Lake, Fourchu Coast and Toadfish Lakes wilderness areas. Some sound ominous, like Devils Jaw Wilderness Area and Skull Bog Lake Nature Reserve. Read more by Guest Contributor Clare Robinson about our many new Parks and Protected Areas
“…So what happened to the elm trees of Nova Scotia? They’re still hanging on; mostly young or immature trees along field edges and in river flood plains. The few that still survive today are either young enough to have luckily avoided the disease so far, or artificially preserved in an urban landscape like those in Annapolis Royal.”
Read more by Alain Belliveau in our September 2015 NaturallyNS column in the Chronicle Herald.
A youngster stops to examine a lichen on a Young Naturalists Club field trip
In our August 2015 column, David Patriquin describes what’s involved in “natural history” and how one becomes a “naturalist”.
“In Nova Scotia, we are blessed with nature at our doorstep almost everywhere, and that’s the place to start. Pick a favourite site or sites or favourite group of species (birds, wildflowers, insects), begin to observe them through the year and find out everything you can about them.” Read More.
See Natural History Links on our website for a list of Natural History organizations and resources.
A soft flapping noise emanated from the darkness of the barn hayloft, startling me. It was a mid-July in 1987, and I was in my parents’ barn in East Dalhousie, Kings County.
My eyes struggled to make out shapes in the dark recesses of the loft. There, high in the peak above me, a tiny, black animal clung to the vertical barn wall, beating its wings periodically against the boards. A bat? No, a bird. Perhaps a swallow? Read more in Donna Crossland’s article of July 19, 2015.
Decisions on which trees to keep or remove will dictate forests’ health.
Aldo Leopold, a grandparent of the modern conservation movement, remarked that the definition of a conservationist is written better with an axe than a pen. “A conservationist is one who is humbly aware that with each stroke, he is writing his signature on the face of his land,” offered Leopold. I think of this as I decide which trees on my woodlot to cut for firewood…
Read more of Jamie Simpson’s article of June 29, 2015 in the Chronicle Herald.
Nature Nova Scotia, the Young Naturalists Club of Nova Scotia and the Wildland Writers are sponsoring a Nature Writing and Art Contest for Nova Scotian youth ages 8 – 15 years. Submissions may be a written piece (shortstory, non fiction, poetry ,etc.) OR an original artwork (painting, drawing, collage, etc.) that is inspired by:
- native plants or animals of Nova Scotia (native means a species that occurs naturally in a region)
- an adventure, personal moment, or happy experience in Nova Scotia’s wild places (lake, river, ocean, forest, trail)
- an injustice that impacts nature in Nova Scotia
Entries must be submitted by October 31, 2015. View Rules and Poster for more details.
Spring Beauty in Cape Split hardwoods, mid-May
“May is a special month for wildflowers in hardwood and mixed forests in Nova Scotia. Longer days and brightening sun melt remaining snow under the hardwoods, thaw and then warm the soil and bring seeds and buds of herbaceous (soft-tissued) wildflowers out of dormancy. Then, a suite of these wildflowers race to take advantage of a window of sunlight before the deciduous hardwood fully leaf out, shading the forest floor.” Read more
in our May article by David Patriquin.
& Take a Wildflower Quiz