Bird trouble

The Migratory Bird Convention Act (MBCA) is a fine piece of legislation, stipulating in no uncertain terms than an exhaustive list of our native birds – chiefly those who come and go with the seasons – cannot be legally killed, nor their nests lawfully destroyed. It’s an emblem of protection for those species who face...

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Repeating history

In 2008, Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources (now the Department of Lands and Forestry) set out to create The Path We Share, a natural resources strategy setting long term goals for our province’s forestry sector and its biodiversity, among other things. This document, released in 2011, attempted to strike a long sought balance between...

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To block a clearcut

Clearcutting, in my mind, represents everything that’s wrong with forestry past and present. Yes, there are nuances to this industry I will never fully grasp and the economic drivers involved are powerful, but through the lens of sustainability, clearcutting is absurd. I’ve had the privilege, and the misfortune, of walking through forests before and after...

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On behalf of flowers

In May of 2016, I pulled off a Hants County highway and parked by a barely perceptible trail, leading into a thin forest with powdery white gypsum erupting from the soil everywhere I cared to look. Had I not done my homework and enlisted the help of local naturalists I could never have found what...

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Winter Sportfishing season opens Jan. 1

Nova Scotians are encouraged to gear up and head to one of the province’s open waterways when the winter fishing season opens on New Year’s Day. “Sportfishing is a popular outdoor activity that our province offers and generates over $58 million in revenue annually,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “Safety is very important...

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Deer hunting season begins Oct. 26

General deer hunting season in Nova Scotia begins Friday, Oct. 26, and continues to Saturday, Dec. 1. Hunters are required to carry a compass and waterproof matches. Anyone going into the woods should also carry a map or GPS unit, a first-aid kit and a communications device. They should tell someone when and where they...

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A bear(y) big problem

Pictou County is no stranger to wildlife and this year, residents seem to be seeing a bit more of it than usual. The Department of Lands and Forestry in Pictou County has had a very busy season with bears that like to treat themselves to garbage bins and green bins all over the county. “This...

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