On Friday night we sat down and built solitary bee hotels
Michelle Keddy from Scotian Bee Honey talks to us about the honey bee life cycle
Ella, our furious note taker!
Samuel holds up one of the panels from the bee hive
Juan Carlos Lopez talks to us about the tides, the salt marsh environment and the mudflats
Getting a chance to see how slippery the mud is while searching for mud shrimp – Corophium
And we find one!
Karen helps a Sascha look up close at a mud shrimp
Adrien Green takes us on a walk in the Acadian forest at the KCIC botanical gardens
Adrien talks to us about the ecosystems in the Acadian forest
Oliver and the kids explore the bridge in the Acadian forest
Soren Bondrup-Nelisen takes us to his lab and talks to us about Owl wings, digestion and skeletons!
A visit to Soren’s lab shows us all the different Owl species in Nova Scotia
Soren helps Sascha dissect an owl pellet
A birds eye view of an owl pellet dissection
What we found in the owl pellet
YNC Halifax leader Karen McKendry (a.k.a Squirrely) describes some of the vegetation found in floodplain forests (photo by Margo Bulpitt).
Bloodroot leaf (photo by Krista Garnier).
Nodding Trillium (photo by Margo Bulpitt).
An American Robin eggshell (photo by Shelly Morash).
Frances (yellow jacket) describes the biology of lichens, while Karen listens, mesmorized (photo by Shelly Morash).
Young naturalist at work (photo by Shelly Morash).
Looking a lichen up close with a hand lens (photo by Shelly Morash).
Wowee! Look at those apothecia (the reproductive parts of the lichen, which on this species are the big, brown discs)(photo by Margo Bulpitt).
Examining mosses using hand lenses (photo by Krista Garnier).
Beware the slug! They graze on lichens (photo by Margo Bulpitt).
This branch had fallen off a tree, giving us a chance to see up close a lichen that normally grows high off the ground (photo by Krista Garnier).
Listening and learning on Meander River (photo by Shelly Morash).
We saw many species of ferns bursting through the leaf cover in their typical fiddlehead shape (photo by Shelly Morash).
Oak fern (photo by Margo Bulpitt).
Christmas fern (photo by Margo Bulpitt).
Ostrich fern (photo by Margo Bulpitt).
Sensitive fern (photo by Margo Bulpitt).
The group gathered and walked quietly for a while to try to pick out different bird songs (photo by Krista Garnier).
Ready for the field! (photo by Cara Kirkpatrick).
Lesley explained that many invertebrates are attached to the rocks at the bottom of the stream, and she would need to kick the rocks for a few minutes to shake some loose and into her net. (Photo by Adam Cheeseman).
That’s some seriously active sampling! (Photo by Adam Cheeseman).
Lots of oohs and ahhs as we all looked into the sampling net when it came out of the river. (Photo by Adam Cheeseman).
The sampling tube at the end of the net. “Hey – there’s an eel in there!” (Photo by Adam Cheeseman).
Part of our sample from the stream, including an eel. (Photo by Adam Cheeseman).
The net’s sampling tube was emptied into a sieve. It was full of sqiurming life! (Photo by Adam Cheeseman).
Lesley helped us take invertebrates out of sieve and into trays so we could sort them. (Photo by Adam Cheeseman).
We divided the invertebrates up into trays based on how they looked. (Photo by Adam Cheeseman).
A mayfly nymph. Check out those gills along its tail… they look almost like feathers! Those gills, and the 3 tails, helped us identify it.
A dobsonfly nymph. Roar! These guys were big and looked vicious. And in fact they are top predators in benthic food webs.
A dragonfly nymph. These guys are predators too, big time. They have special mouthparts that pierce their prey, then shovel it into their mouths!
Neat-o! These are caddisly nymphs, one in its case (made out of tiny rocks, bit of vegetation, and silk), and one without its home.
Some families started to do their own sampling in the stream, and found cool creatures. (Photo by Adam Cheeseman).
More sampling in the healthy little stream. (Photo by Adam Cheeseman).
red spruce seed
Nick in a yellow birch
Stephen Cushing helping us learn about plants and the urban environment
adding water to see what happens
Aidan and the tape measure!
Learning about the benefit of natural areas to shorelines
measuring the shoreline for the EAC Living Shorelines Project
Lyra our data recorder
there is always a good tree to climb
getting ready to plant some trees
Emily and the kids reading maps to navigate through the forest
facing the challenge of climbing something really steep
Sophie our mountain goat
learning about saltmarshes from Carly
collecting Bayberry seeds
a lot of Bayberries!
getting our feet wet on the salt marsh
beautiful hike at Rainbow Haven salt marsh
playing Oh Deer on Rainbow Haven beach
Matt Miller, our host, explains their approach to forestry at Otter Ponds, including the emphasis on leaving standing and fallen dead trees, which are higher in species diversity than live trees.
Matt using an increment borer to get a core sample from a spruce tree. Taking these cores does little damage to the tree (cores can even be put back after examination).
Matt showing the group a tree core from a spruce tree. A forester can count the rings on the core to get the tree’s age.
A massive Yellow Birch that was likely killed due to birch dieback that swept through the area in the 1940’s. The tree now hosts fungi (see the shelf mushrooms) and many other species.
Christie, also with Otter Ponds, shows the group a young spruce growing out of this stump, which is kindly providing nutrients for the young tree as it decomposes.
A tree “cookie” cut from a Yellow Birch that needed to be cut to make the road. There are over 120 rings on this cookie = over 120 years old!
Walking further into the Otter Ponds property on a new road. Volunteers have put in a lot of work in the last couple of years to build roads, bridges, a composting toilet, and a picnic shelter.
The group in front of a giant old Yellow Birch in a rich, tolerant hardwood forest. What a special place!
Pat Harding enthusiastically sharing her knowledge of tidal pools with the group at Sandy Cove (Ketch Harbour).
Peering into one of the many buckets and trays where we collected tidal pool creatures (and put them back later).
We found lots of periwinkles, and periwinkle shells being used by Hermit Crabs!
The pool were great for sea stars too!
The trip couldn’t have been better timed… we were at Sandy Cove during the lowest tide of the year! So much to explore!
Monarch Caterpillar on MilkWeed
Monarch just after hatching
Monarch Chrysalis just before hatching
Larry speaking about Milkweed and Monarchs
30min after hatching
Playing under the Pines
Nick Showing Sand Barren Plants
Halifax Chapter - Stargazing night! Postponed by one day Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Halifax Chapter - Exploring the Moon Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm East Hants Chapter visits Shubenacadie Wildlife Park Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 12:00 am Back by popular demand in Berwick: winter tracking Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 9:45 am - 11:45 am Halifax January field trip - Hobson Lake Lands - Postponed Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Youth Nature Art Show - New Glasgow Public Library Saturday, January 27, 2018 - Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 12:00 am Halifax chapter January meeting - Earth Observation Satellites Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Coniferous Tree ID Friday, December 22, 2017 at 12:00 am Halifax YNC December event - Christmas Bird Count 4 Kids Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 9:30 am - 11:30 am Nature Guardians: Bluff Wilderness Trail Hike Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm