Meetings run From September to April with the exception of December and are normally on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History (NSMNH) in Halifax. They start at 7:30 and last about 2 hours. These meetings are open to the general public. We have one meeting that is out of Halifax and we try to have it in a different town each year and those special meetings will be listed here as well.





Thursday, March 23, 2017 - Special Speaker - Donna Crossland

HABITAT:  the forgotten need of  birds in the much-acclaimed, science-based forest management of NS.

Time: 7:30PM - NS Museum of Natural History

Taking a bird’s eye view of Nova Scotia’s recent forest management practices, the “science” that is used by NS Department of Natural Resources to claim that forest practices are sustainable, and the science that is conveniently ignored.  Time to ‘stop listing’ and ‘start speaking’ on behalf of bird habitat.

Donna Crossland was a National Park Warden for Parks Canada for 16 years.  She is currently employed as a biologist at Kejimkujik National Park.  Among her tasks, she conducts forest songbird surveys for Keji, as part of our forest monitoring program.

7:30PM Lower Auditorium, NS Museum of Natural History 

Our talks are open to the public and refreshments to follow.


Thursday, April 27, 2017 - Katie Studholme - The secret life of rhinos: tracking a Pacific seabird

Time: 7:30PM - NS Museum of Natural History

 Non-breeding distributions remain unknown for many seabird species and links between their distributions, overwinter ecology, reproduction and survival are poorly understood despite their importance for marine management and conservation. To begin to address these knowledge gaps, I developed a research program using small, light-sensing loggers to track rhinoceros auklets from colonies throughout their breeding range in the Northeast Pacific. In this talk I will explain the driving questions behind my research and its applications, introduce you to my focal species, primary field sites, and techniques, and share some unexpected preliminary tracking results. There will, of course, be images and stories from the field throughout!

 Katie Studholme is a PhD candidate in her fourth year at Dalhousie University, studying how the non-breeding distributions and environmental experiences of Pacific alcids affect their future reproduction and population processes. Prior to beginning graduate school, Katie worked for two years as a field technician in the Galapagos Islands, coastal Maryland, Kodiak Alaska, and the Florida Everglades.

Lower Auditorium, NS Museum of Natural History

Ours talks are open to the public and refreshments to follow.