2000 AGM

2000 – June 2-4 – Wolfville – Blomidon Naturalists Society

11th Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting
Federation of Nova Scotia Naturalists

June 2, 3 and 4, 2000 – Acadia University, Wolfville, N.S.

Past Conferences: Locations, Dates and Hosts

  • Date: June 2,3,4
  • Location:Wolfville (Acadia University, Beveridge Arts Centre) 
  • Host: Blomidon Naturalists Society
    Contact: Larry Bogan – Chairman of FNSN – AGM 2000 Committee
  • Theme: "Nature's Millenium" – a look at the changes in local natural history and considerations of what is needed to preserve what we for the future.

  • Programme: Talks, Field Trips, Banquet, Picnics, Annual General Meeting

    • Friday – June 2

      • 6-9 pm: registration – 
        Acadia University
        Beveridge Arts Centre (BAC)
      • 7 pm: Welcome and Information – Art Gallery (BAC)
        "Bouquet" Series of Photographs by Freeman Patterson on display
        Member Dispays and Reception (Wine/Cheese)
      • 9 pm: Walk to see Chimney Swifts – Robie Tufts Nature Centre or Sky Observing
    • Saturday – June 3

      • 6-8 am – Early Morning Nature Walks
        – Birds – Botany – Photography
      • 8-9 am – Continental Breakfast
      • 8-9 am – Registration (BAC Foyer)
      • 9 am – Welcome and Information (Rm 244 BAC) BNS President, Merritt Gibson
      • 9:15 am – Sherman Bleakney – History and Natural History
      • 10:00 am – Fred Scott– Wildlife and Warming (Climate Changes)
      • 10:45-11:15 Nutrition Break
      • 11:15-noon – Elizabeth May – Forests of Nova Scotia
      • noon: Buffet Picnic Lunch on the Wolfville Wharf
      • 1 – 5 pm Field Trips 
        – Gaspereau River Gorge 
        – Dyke Walk 
        – Minerals of the Annapolis Valley 
        – Paddling the Corwallis River 
        – Blomidon Provincial Park
      • 7 pm Country Banquet at the New Minas Fire Hall 
        Evening Activity: Astronomy or Amphibians Walk
    • Sunday – June 4

      • 6-8 am Early Morning Walks 
        – Birds and Botany Walks
      • 8 – 8:45 am Continental Breakfast (BAC Foyer outside Rm 244)
      • 8:45 am – Sherman Boates – Recent Developments in Endangered Species Conservation
      • 9:30 am – Diane Griffin – The Role of Naturalists in Preservation of Nature
      • 10:15 am Nutrition Break
      • 10:30 am – Annual General Meeting of the Federation of Nova Scotia Naturalists
      • 12:30 Luncheon (Picnic at Lockhart-Ryan Park)
      • 2 pm Post Conference Field Trips 
        – Gaspereau Gorge 
        – Kentville Ravine 
        – Cloud Lake Wilderness Area – Canoe / Drive 
        – Walks along Corwallis River, Lockhart Ryan Park 
        – Smiley's Provincial Park and Botany


  • Speakers

    Sherman Bleakney
    Professor in Biology, Acadia University (retired) . Recognized authority on the history and natural history of local tidal marshes and dykelands. Author of " Sea Slugs of Atlantic Canada and Gulf of Maine" and Co-author of "Keys to the Flora and Fauna of the Minas Basin".
    Fred Scott
    Curator of the Biology Museum at Acadia University. Naturalist extraodinaire and nature artist (retired from NS Museum) .
    Elizabeth May
    Presently holds the Chair in Women's Health and the Environment at the Maritime Centre of Excellence for Women's Health at Dalhousie University. She is executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada and author of "Budworm Battles", "The Struggle to Save South Moresby", and "At the Cutting Edge".
    Sherman Boates
    Manager of the Biodiversity Program with the Department of Natural Resources. (Kentville Office).
    Diane Griffin
    PEI's Assistant Deputy Minister for the Environment. Previously: Executive Director for the Island Nature Trust, Past President of Canadian Nature Federation and Alberta's Natural Area's Co-ordinator. Co-author of "Atlantic Wildflowers"


  • Field Trip Descriptions

    • Saturday

      Gaspereau River Gorge:
      An easy trail winds several kilometres up this scenic, narrow gorge cut by the Gaspereau River. Many interesting plants grow on the flood plain; the woods are inhabited by multitudes of woodland birds.
      Dyke Walk:
      A Pleasant, open-country walk between a tidal marsh and agricultural lands. The history and natural history of the marshes and dyked lands will be discussed.
      Mineral "Collecting" in the Annapolis Valley :
      The 'Valley' has a good cross section of geology that includes the Triassic North Mountain basalts – these igneous rocks contain interesting minerals. This trip will look at the variety of minerals but there will not be any "collecting".
      Canoe the Cornwallis River :
      n the middle of the 'Valley' this meandering river drains a large watershed and travels through agricultural lands, a freshwater marsh (bird sanctuary) and empties into the Minas Basin. We will paddle downstream from Coldbrook to Kentville.
      Blomidon Provincial Park:
      A walk on the wooded trails of the park to see panoramic views of the Minas Basin , woodland flowers and birds and an upland pond containing rare fairy shrimp.
    • Sunday

      Gaspereau River :
      See above – repeat walk for those who missed it on Saturday
      Kentville Ravine :
      This moist ravine is a marvellous habitat for fungi, ferns, flowering plants and woodland birds. Towering old hemlocks, some 250 years old, exist in the woods covering the area. Easy walk.
      Cloud Lake Wilderness Area:
      This is the wilderness area straddling Kings and Annapolis Counties set aside by the Wilderness Act. Cloud and Frog Lakes on this Crown Land and make for a wonderful afternoon canoeing. Bring a canoe to travel on the lakes. Others may explore the Crown lands nearby on foot.
      Botany in Smiley's Provincial Park:
      The Meander River flows through this park and along its banks grow intervale plants such as bloodroot, yellow violets, nodding trillium, and blue cohosh. On route 14 east of Windsor – a stop on the way home.