2002 AGM

2002 – May 31-June 2 – Halifax – Nova Scotia Bird Society

Environmental Change – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

Federation of Nova Scotia Naturalists 2002 Annual Meeting
May 31 – June 2
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Hosted by the Nova Scotia Bird Society

The Nova Scotia Bird Society is pleased to invite all with an interest in natural history to the 2002 Annual General Meeting of the Federation of Nova Scotia Naturalists. Our programme theme this year, "Environmental Change – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly", will focus on how environmental and climate change are affecting our plant and animal species. We will be meeting on the beautiful campus of Mount Saint Vincent University, overlooking the Bedford Basin.

Only $55 ($60 after 10 May) covers all talks, field trips, a reception on Friday, breakfast on Sunday and all refreshment breaks. All other meals including the Saturday evening banquet are optional but must be pre-ordered and paid in advance with your registration. Accommodation can be had on campus or at any of several nearby motels.

All sessions and events will be held in the 
Multi-Purpose Room, 
Rosaria Centre, 
Mount Saint Vincent University
Halifax, NS

Registration Details



5:30 p.m.
Registration desk and displays open
7:15 p.m.
Welcoming remarks
7:30 p.m.
Gary Lines: "Climate Change in Atlantic Canada" 
Gary Lines' meteorological career has spanned 25 years and has covered most areas of Canada. He is now Climate Change Meteorologist for Environment Canada Atlantic Region. His talk will focus on the impacts of climate change on a number of sectors including birds and ecosystems.
8:15 p.m.
Wine and Cheese Reception and Displays


6-8 a.m.
Early morning walks
8-9 a.m.
Breakfast available, Dining Room, Rosaria Centre
9:00 a.m.
Sessions begin
9:10 a.m.
David McCorquodale: "Ups and Downs" 
David McCorquodale is a biology professor at the University College of Cape Breton. Recent research has included seabirds, introduced species of plants and insects, and ecological monitoring of a mature forest. His talk will focus on changes in bird populations in Cape Breton Island and how we know.
9:45 a.m.
Marian Munroe: "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: a short visit to our introduced plant species" 
Marian is the Assistant Curator of Botany at the Museum of Natural History and author of the revised Roland’s Flora of Nova Scotia. Much of her time has been spent wandering the back country, looking for new localities of native plants. Marian's presentation will explain how plants have been introduced to Nova Scotia since the last ice age eleven thousand years ago.
10:20 a.m.
Announcements and Refreshment break
10:50 a.m.
Frederick Whoriskey: "From Plenty to Endangered" 
Fred Whoriskey received his doctorate at l'Université Laval, has authored numerous papers in refereed journals and has held many posts in universities, commissions and government panels. He is currently a scientist with the Atlantic Salmon Federation in St. Andrews, N.B. Fred's presentation will discuss the plight of the Atlantic Salmon in the southern Maritimes.
11:25 a.m.
Graham Daborn: "Quo vadis?" 
Graham Daborn is a biology professor at Acadia University and an adjunct professor at Dalhousie University. He has been extensively involved in the study of aquatic ecosystems and particularly researched estuarine environments and the Bay of Fundy. Graham's talk will highlight environmental change and coastal ecosystems.
noon Lunch
1:00 p.m.
Departure for afternoon field trips
6:30 p.m.
Banquet. Guest speaker Randy Lauff: "A Different Perspective". 
Randy Lauff is on the Faculty of the Department of Biology at St. Francis Xavier University where his current research focuses on tabanid flies, carrion beetles and owls. He is well known for his work in the search for the small owl species in Cape Breton and mainland Nova Scotia and he contributes much of his time to local naturalist organizations and editing Nova Scotia Birds. Randy will give us his unique perspective on the effect of changing environments on wildlife.


6-8 a.m.
Early morning walks
8-9 a.m.
Breakfast in Dining Room, Rosaria Centre
9:00 a.m.
Bob Bancroft: "Woods and Waters" 
Bob Bancroft is a wildlife and forestry biologist, a contributor to many journals, and well-known regular on CBC's Maritime Noon. Bob's presentation will give us an insight into how changes in forest habitats challenge their wildlife and the fragile freshwater ecosystem.
10:00 a.m.
Annual General Meeting of the FNSN, all members are requested to attend. Refreshments available.
noon Lunch
1:00 p.m.
Departure for afternoon field trips



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