2005 AGM

2005 – June 24-26 – Truro – N.S. Agricutural College

2005 Annual Conference
of the
Federation of
Nova Scotia Naturalists
Nova Scotia
Agricultural College
Truro, Nova Scotia
June 24, 25, 26, 2005
[List of Speakers] –

Friday, June 24, 2005

Displays maybe set up in the Riverview Room

6:00 p.m.
Registration at Jenkins Hall
7:00 p.m.
On the Ground of Nothing Missing: the Possibilities for Uncovering Basic Nature in Nova Scotia by Jim Drescher (Owner-Operator of Windhorse Farm)
Reception with wine and cheese
A look at chimney swifts with Ross Hall (6 swifts entered the chimney at 9:15 pm)

Saturday, June 25, 2005

6:00 a.m.
Early morning walk, meeting at the parking lot near Chapman House – One to Victoria Park
8:15 a.m.
Breakfast at Jenkins Dining Hall
9:00 a.m.
Welcoming words from Joan Czapalay, President of the Federation of Nova Scotia Naturalists
9:10 a.m.
A Biodiversity Conservation Vision for the Acadian Forest: The Cobequid.s to Chignecto (C2C) by Alexander MacDonald
10:00 a.m.
Refreshment Break
10:10 a. m.
Historical Condition of the AcadianForest: The Impacts by Judy Loo
11:00 a.m.
The Walking Tall Campaign and Effects of Clearcutting on the Acadian Forest by Minga O'Brien (Ecology Action Centre)
11:45 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
Field trips

  • A. Birding at Davidson’s DU Marsh near Bass River with Fran Spaukling. Drive 10 km to meet Fran plus iokm to Marsh. About 2km of walking, return i hour before banquet.
  • B. Living Things along the Salmon River with Ross Hall and Heather Drope. A look at rare plants and more. You will get your feet and pant legs wet. Be aware of slippery rocks. Travel 10-15km from AC.
  • C. Hiking the Gully Lake Wilderness Area with Ken McKenna. Drive 30km and plan to hike 10km mainly for birds. Return 1 hour before banquet.
  • D. Gardening for Wildlife: a visit to Bernard’s garden in Truro with Bernard Jackson. On this trip Bernard will show expert gardening techniques which attract wildlife and express beauty.
  • E. A Close Look at Nature in 5 Diverse Habitats with ——-. Follow the Cobequid Trail in Bible Hill for 2km. (Easy to moderate) Side trip to alluvial ravine.
  • F. Look for common families of Nova Scotia butterflies and discover what makes them unique with Peter Payzant. Travel about 3 km.
7:00 p.m.
Banquet with guest speaker Glen Sampson, Associate Proffessor, Department of Environmental Science, N.S. Agriculture College, Weed Science. Ecologically based weed management. Use of Insects and Fungi to control the population of weeds.

Check for chimney swjfts (arrived too late to see but did watch a Hungarian Partridge skittering around the campus)

Sunday, June 26, 2005

6:00 a. m.
Early morning walk, meet in parking lot (Heard/saw Great Crested Flycather and other birds)
8:15 a. m.
Breakfast in Jenkins Dining Hall.
9:00 am.
Acadian Forest Restoration: One Man’s Vision (Also describing the value of the Forest Stewardship Council)
by Tom Miller – (President of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association)
10:15 a.m.
Annual Meeting of the Federation of Nova Scotia Naturalists
The AGM included financial and executive reports, election of officers, and adoption of special resolution on the proposed name change.
"Nature Nova Scotia"
The Federation of Nova Scotia Naturalists
12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.
A field trip to the Managed Woodlot at Earltown with Tom Miller

List of Speakers

  • Lance Bishop with the North Mountain Old Forest Society
  • Joan Czapalay, President of the Federation of Nova Scotia Naturalists
  • Jim Drescher of Windliorse Farm, 160 years of sustainable forestry
  • Ross Hall, member of the Cobequid Naturalists Club and wildlife biologist
  • Bernard Jackson experienced naturalist and designer of Botanical Gardens
  • Doug Linzey, Secretary of the Federation of Nova Scotia Naturalists
  • Judy Lao, a forester with the Canadian Forest Service, an Ecological Geneticist
  • Alexander MacDonald with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Service
  • Ken Mckenna, member of the Pictou Naturalists and Nova Scotia Bird Society
  • Tom Miller, President of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association
  • Peter Payzant. For 10 yrs. Peter and Linda have led butterfly trips and given talks to naturalist organizations in Nova Scotia
  • Fran Spaulding, highly recognized birder of Nova Scotia

For information contact:
Claire Diggins
Pat Hawes
Note: Special thanks to Jill Comolli, Ross Hall, and the Cobequid Naturalists Club from the FNSN Conference Chairs for their immeasurable support.