Field Trips

Friday, December 15 - CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

Friday, 15 December 2017 07:30

Friday, December 15. Time: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 pm.
Meet at the Spry Bay Community Hall (opens at 7:30 a.m.)
Level of difficulty – Difficult

The Nova Scotia Sheet Harbour (NSSH) Christmas Bird Count is one of about 25 around the province. The count area extends in a circle around Taylor Head Park and from Tangier to Sober Island. All the trails in the park are covered in this survey. Birders are organized into groups from two to four and given designated areas to count.

If you have a bird feeder, you’re also encouraged to send in your count.

Birders will meet after the count, to sum up the day’s count and have a delicious meal at the Spry Bay Community Hall.

These counts are sponsored by the National Audubon Society, Bird Studies of Canada, NS Bird Society and the Friends of Taylor Head Provincial Park Society.

*Please notify Jim or Warren if you plan to attend.

Contact:
Jim Cameron 902-885-2970
Warren Parsons 902-772-2207

JAN. 7, 2018 - ANNUAL SEWER STROLL SUNDAY

Sunday, 07 January 2018 09:00

Contact: Carol Klar, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 443-3385
Time/Place: 9:00 a.m. at McCormacks Beach Provincial Park parking lot, just past Fisherman’s Cove in Eastern Passage
Duration: Until mid to late afternoon
Difficulty: Easy to moderate

HFN and the Nova Scotia Bird Society, led by HFN member Clarence Stevens Jr., will visit all the favourite winter bird sites in and around Halifax Harbour looking for ducks, gulls and alcids – Hartlen Point, Eastern Passage, Dartmouth Cove, Sullivan’s Pond, Tuft’s Cove, and the Bedford Waterfront. If weather conditions are favourable and time permits, we’ll also visit Point Pleasant Park. Dress warmly and bring a lunch, binoculars and/or a scope, and field guides.

Storm Date: Jan 14th

Living in the Dead of Winter - Sat., 13 Jan, 2018 10AM - 12PM.

This beginner’s bird walk will meet at the Black Rock Beach concession stand (lower parking lot) of Point Pleasant Park. We'll seek out coastal and forest birds in the park and see and learn about physical and behavioural adaptations that allow birds to survive in the dead of winter. This chilly but fun walk is a great chance to see interesting seabirds and coastal waterfowl of Halifax and, if we are lucky, Purple Sandpipers. Dress warmly and bring binoculars if you have them (a few spare pairs will be available to borrow). Walk will be cancelled if raining or snowing. No storm date for this trip. For more info, please contact Sue Abbott (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Downtown Dartmouth: Birding the Sawmill River from Lake Banook to Dartmouth Cove - Sat., 27 Jan, 2018

This beginners’ bird walk will meet at Birch Cove parking lot at Lake Banook. Starting at Bird Cove Park, we’ll follow the buried Sawmill River to the TransCanada trail where we’ll look for seabirds along Dartmouth Cove. It’ll be a fun, urban birding adventure with a chance to learn about Dartmouth’s historic Sawmill River and efforts to restore it.

 

Dress warmly and bring binoculars if you have them (a few spare pairs will be available to borrow).

The walk will be canceled if raining or snowing. No storm date for this trip. For more info, please contact Sue Abbott (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).