2011 AGM

2011 June 3-5, St. Anne's, Cape Breton

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2011 Annual General Meeting of
Nature Nova Scotia (NS Federation of Naturalists)
Gaelic College, St Anns, NS
3–5 June 2011

Nature Nova Scotia is pleased to join the Bras do’Or Stewardship Society (BSS) for a weekend of natural history and camaraderie. The Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts is on the Cabot Trail (#51779), less than 20 minutes from Baddeck (see Location Map).

We are very pleased to have lined up an excellent cross-section of Cape Breton natural history expertise. The talks and walks promise to be interesting and fun.

The schedule includes all events. Details of event locations and times will also be posted at the Gaelic College Centre, and when you arrive you'll be able to sign up for field trips. Note that the fee for the boat trip to Bird Islands will be collected at the time of the trip.

Nature Nova Scotia registration for the weekend is only $20, which includes Sunday breakfast prior to the AGM. Non-members are welcome to attend the meeting, which will be held at 9 am Sunday. Membership in NNS is available for $20 ($5 for students).

Please download, print, and fill in the registration form, and send it by mail to Jean Gibson Collins, our treasurer and registrar. Jean's address is on the form.

All prices for packages and individual meals are on the registration form. It is important to know that the Gaelic College is not a restaurant or a hotel, although registrants will be able to arrange an extra night’s accommodation there at a reasonable price. We do have to know how many people will be attending and how many will be taking advantage of the special accommodation/meal package or individual meals no later than May 27, so please mark the weekend on your calendar right away and mail your registration early.

Gaelic College Campus Map

Anyone looking for nearby campsites, B&Bs, Inns, and restaurants can consult the province’s Doers & Dreamers Guide.


Printable Versions of the Information and Schedule (PDF)

If you need a reader for PDF it can be downloaded from this location: PDF Reader (Windows)

Schedule of Activities



7:00-9:30 pm Meet & Greet
and registration and some Celtic music
NNS, BSSBand: Gaelic College
  • Register for NNS meeting
  • Sign up for field trips and other activities
9:30 pm Stargazing Tim Donovan, others
  • Gaelic College
  • Tim Donovan's observatory (limited space)
Tour the night sky: binoculars recommended;
maybe an owl will show up



6-7:45 am Early morning birding & plants Local and other naturalists, Dave Harris Gaelic College & vicinity  
7:45-8:45 am Breakfast     On your own
9 am Welcome and talks
(There will refreshments and stretch break)
  1. Don Anderson (Dragonflies)
  2. Fenton Isenor (Rocks)
  3. James Bridgland (Forests)
  4. Bruce Hatcher (Bras d'Or)
Gaelic College
  1. "Odonata in Cape Breton"
  2. "Basement to Ground Level"
  3. "Food, Fire and Pestilence: a Short History of Disturbance"
  4. "Biodiversity in Canada's Inland Sea"
1 pm Lunch   Gaelic College  
2 pm Field Trips
  1. Catherine Sneddon
  2. Dave McCorquodale
  3. Minga O’Brien
  4. Bev Brett
  1. Uisge Ban Falls
  2. TBA
  3. local ravine
  4. local
  1. Botany
  2. Insects
  3. Old-growth forest
  4. Local birds and some history
6-8 pm Reception / Cash Bar   Gaelic College  
6:30-8 pm Banquet   Gaelic College  
8 pm till the wee hours
  • Don Coyote
  • Owl Prowl
  • Star Gazing
  • Bob Bancroft
  • Burland Murphy
  • TBA
  • Gaelic College
  • TBA
  • Tim Donovan's observatory (limited space)
  • After-dinner talk
  • Call & ID owls
  • Observe the heavens


6-7:45 am Early morning birding & plants Local and other naturalists, Dave Harris Gaelic College & vicinity  
8-9 am Breakfast NNS Gaelic College Complimentary breakfast for registered NNS participants
9 am Talk Tim Lambert Gaelic College Rising sea levels
10 am NNS Annual General Meeting NNS board members Gaelic College All existing and new members are invited to participate and learn about Nature Nova Scotia
1 pm Box lunch   Leave for field trips  
2 pm Field Trips
  1. Dave McCorquodale, Dave Harris
  2. John Gillis
  1. Englishtown Wharf
  2. Wycocomagh Irving Station
  1. Boat to Bird Islands ($36+HST)
  2. Walk in the Woods