Field Trips

Leader: Claire Diggins
Phone: (902) 825-6152
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Trip will be limited to 10-12 participants. Pre-registration is necessary!
This trip is not suitable for small children or pets. Depart Friday at 6:00 p.m. from the Prospect Point Wharf in Shag Harbour, Shelburne County. Bring food, drinking water, warm clothing, footwear for rough (beach cobble) and wet terrain, a flashlight, mattress sheet and a sleeping bag. Carry gear in waterproof bags or containers. Field guides are available on the island as are cooking pots, utensils and dishes. There is a charge of $45.00 for three nights accommodation for NSBS members plus a donation for the boat trip.

Please Note:
 If getting on or off the island cannot be done safely, the trip will be moved to Brier Island. No storm date for this trip

Leader: Verna Higgins 384-2286

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Bird Walk, 8:00 am, meet at the Natural Resources Education Centre parking lot (off Highway 224 near Middle Musquodoboit) for a morning walk in the Centre’s woodlot, and later the nearby NS Provincial Picnic Park, to see and hear late migrants and resident songbirds. No storm date for this trip. 

Leader: Maureen Cameron-MacMillan 727-2733

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Meet at 9:00 am at the Cottage Road entrance to the Baille Ard Trail between Champlain Avenue and Cedar Court in Sydney. New birders are welcome to join us for a one- to two-hour walk along this beautiful trail, where we can expect to see lots of warblers and woodpeckers. Bring comfortable footwear and a field guide and binoculars if you have them. No storm date for this trip.

Leader: James Hirtle (902) 693-2174

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Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the dam area of Petite Riviere, near the intersection of Conquerall Mills and the Crousetown Road. Directions: Turn left off Highway 103 at the sign for Conquerall Mills just past Exit 14. Drive 3.5 km along this road. The dam will be on your left. We’ll be exploring Fitch Road and Dagley Road along Publicover Lake, as well as Brown Branch Brook, Mount Pleasant, and Hebb Mills. In the afternoon we can check out Station Road, Fauxburg, Long Hill and Oakland. Bring a lunch, sturdy footwear, socks that can be pulled up over pant legs (to discourage ticks) and sunblock. Storm date: Sunday, May 29.

 

Leader: Andy de Champlain
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Meet by 7:00 am at the park in Greenfield (Queens Co!) at the corner of Medway River Road and the 210 highway. We will explore a few key areas in the area along the Medway River and a trail into Coyote Forest. This is a good time of day and year for warblers such as parulas, redstarts, blackburnians, yellows, black-and-whites, and more! Email to register or ask questions; there is no cost, and if the weather isn't good we'll try for Sunday, May 29th.

Leader: Patrick Kelly
Phone: (902) 494-3294 or (902) 472-2322
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Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Pre-registration is required!

This trip is geared for those who have always had an interest in bird watching, but were not sure how it was actually done. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. Meet at 9:00 am at the parking lot for the Windsor Tourist Bureau which is just north of exit 6 (Water Street Exit) on Hwy 101. We should be 1-2 hours and will visit a few different types of habitat in the town of Windsor. No storm date for this trip     

Leader: Jim Cameron 902-885-2970
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Alternate contact: Warren Parsons 902-772-2207
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Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Meet at 9 a.m. in Sheet Harbour at the MacPhee House Visitors Information Center. Level of difficulty – DIFFICULT

As you come from Halifax, the MacPhee House Information Center is the first building on your right after you cross the Sheet Harbour West River Bridge. Abrahams Lake Preserve is owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and is located 38 km from Sheet Harbour in the Liscomb Game Sanctuary. This preserve has one of the few old growth forests in the province. Birds nesting by the trail include Ravens, Goshawks, Hairy Woodpeckers, Black-backed Woodpeckers, Swainson’s Thrush, and Bay-breasted Warblers. Birds nesting in the sanctuary are Greater Yellowlegs, Red-tailed Hawks and Common  Mergansers. It will be a 6.5 km walk and we will eat lunch by Abrahams Lake. Bring a lunch and water and proper hiking footwear. There is no rain date. Please note that bird enthusiasts of all levels are welcome at all our events.