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Spring dance of hardwoods and wildflowers begins

“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) … Continue reading

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Amphibians spring into action as temperatures rise

Alain Belliveau writes: “Even before most songbirds fill the air with their multifarious melodies and chirps, an altogether different group of critters signals the start of spring. You’ll know that most lakes are ice-free and that, surely, there’s a warm … Continue reading

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Endangered mainland moose survival depends on better forest management

“Mainland moose populations were sufficiently high to support legal hunting until 1981. As a biologist in the eastern mainland counties, I conducted annual winter counts by fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter to monitor their population levels. Declared endangered in October 2003, … Continue reading

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Winter is perfect for perusing old tales of game wardens

I have been wading through old documents from the 1920s and 1930s, some of which describe the life of game sanctuary wardens, a fairly rugged occupation that doesnʼt really exist today. They were responsible for ensuring the healthy population of … Continue reading

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Why deer roam close to home

What factors are driving deer into increasing contact with humans in urban areas? In this article, Bob Bancroft expresses a few thoughts that may help to explain this changing deer behaviour. View article

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NOVA SCOTIA NATURALLY: Sharing Halifax space with wildlife

Unlike most Canadian cities, the urban core of Halifax is surrounded not by farms or endless burbs but by forested and coastal landscapes. Even within 30 kilometres of downtown Halifax, where approximately three-quarters of the population resides, developed areas are … Continue reading

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Healthy N.S. beech trees spell hope

“While walking in the Lambs Lake Nature Reserve, near Annapolis Royal, I spied a large, old-growth beech tree. Its massive girth caught my eye first (I could reach only about halfway around it), but its smooth bark is what made … Continue reading

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Bob Bancroft: Wealth of fauna call N.S. forests home

But harvesting methods can pose risks to the province’s many birds and animals… In this article, wildlife biologist Bob Bancroft describes some of wildlife habitats that are being lost as we continue massive clearcutting in Nova Scotia. “…ovenbirds skilfully weave … Continue reading

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NATURALLY: All in a day’s work for the Owl Man

The rare presence of a nesting saw-whet provided plenty of reason for Bernard Forsythe, the Owl Man of Kings County, to pay a visit. Though he has been tending nest boxes for decades, none had attracted a pair of nesting … Continue reading

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NATURALLY: Native species grow on gardeners

Our June article, published on the summer solstice, is about the growing penchant for growing native species in our domestic habitats. Some seek a bit of the wild into their yards; others want to support native pollinators, and sometimes the … Continue reading

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