Our intrepid volunteers have spent two Sundays putting up the signs for the Peace Trail. One of the days was warm; last Sunday not so! One more work session and the trail will be complete. Many hands do make for light work - and a picnic after never hurts!
Feb. 24, 2018
The AGM for 2018 was held on this date. A brisk but beautiful hike - with a bit of dancing over the ice - was followed by a presentation by Ducks Unlimited, one of Canada's largest charities. Thanks to all who showed up and supported the AGM.
April 22, 2018
Our 3 pronged event this year was a success. The hikers had a lovely spring hike with Doug and Greg providing commentary. There were about 18 people on the trail. The kids had a lot of fun tearing around the trail finding the controls - and getting their treasure - hopefully this event will grow next year. We had about 6 kids participating. The open house itself was more of an open yard - it was such a gorgeous day, we all just had to sit outside and eat a hotdog - expertly prepared by chefs McDonald and Hunt. A big thanks from Betty for all who came out and helped.
Four intrepid field observers, backed up by 10 home feeder counters braved the cold weather to record 686 individual birds from 29 species. The high lights of the count included 8 bald eagles, 3 from the Wallace River population and 4 on the Pugwash River with one at the bridge in Pugwash. Six Common Goldeneyes were observed at Estuary House but larger numbers of both Common and Burrows Goldeneyes were seen in the open water by the bridge in Pugwash along with Red-breasted and Common Mergansers.
While not officially within our count area, a flock of 148 Canada geese were observed flying west over the ice of the Northumberland Strait, presumably looking for an area of open water or somewhere to feed. All the birds, from the bald eagles roosting above Docherty Creek to the herring gulls huddled on the ice of the Pugwash Basin, appeared hunched up and minding the cold.
A sincere thank you to everyone who contributed to the count. I am very impressed with our numbers, considering the weather, and I'm sure NS Bird Society and Bird Studies Canada will appreciate our numbers too.
Thank you to the Legislature of Nova Scotia for recognizing the work that FOPE does to conserve the ecosystem of the Pugwash Estuary. We were very pleased to receive this after the visit of Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, MLA.
John and Bonnie opened up their beautiful hall for a wonderful Christmas party this year and many members of FOPE came to celebrate with us. We had way more food than we could eat and people also generously donated to the food bank.
Thank you so much, John and Bonnie. Good party!
So from all of us at FOPE, we wish you a very Merry Christmas. See you at the Bird Count on Dec. 28th!!!
Once again we partnered with Communities in Bloom to sell at the Christmas Market. Fun to see everyone.
FOPE participated in the annual Christmas Tree Fest at the High School Beat out by Mike Cunningham's tree, we were still second place winners. Thanks to Mary, Sarah, Bonnie, Betty, Sandy and Dianne who all worked on the tree.
Look out Mike Cunningham.
Dec. 5th, 2017 - Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin and assistants accepted FOPE's invitation to see the work we have done towards building an interpretive and education centre and encouraging the public to experience nature. She explored our new trail system as we discussed the potential impacts on the environment of proposed mining activity. The Estuary Trail was in its usual splendour that day - despite the drizzle.