Harbourfest 2018

 Waiting to sail the good ship "Off Kilter".  Designed and built by Diane Burnham, Rocky Irons and Jimmy Felice and crewed by Captain Jim Felice and Mate Bob Nogler.

Waiting to sail the good ship "Off Kilter".  Designed and built by Diane Burnham, Rocky Irons and Jimmy Felice and crewed by Captain Jim Felice and Mate Bob Nogler.

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 A proud moment as they get ready to set sail.

A proud moment as they get ready to set sail.

 A rather soggy start.  And where is the mate?

A rather soggy start.  And where is the mate?

 Attempt # 2 is also rather shortlived.

Attempt # 2 is also rather shortlived.

 The crew sadly watching "Noah's Shark" make it safely to harbour.

The crew sadly watching "Noah's Shark" make it safely to harbour.

Flotilla 2018

The weather certainly cooperated and unlike last year's flotilla (where we sat inside and watched the lightning), we paddled in both shade and sunshine.  We had a number of new flotilla paddlers with us. 

Thanks to all who helped - and particularly to Sarah who organized many volunteers to clean, spray, acquire. safety check and barbeque.  But especially, thanks to all who participated.  See you at the FALL FLOTILLA.

Open House

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.

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Bird Count 2017

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.

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Christmas Party a success

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!

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So from all of us at FOPE, we wish you a very Merry Christmas.  See you at the Bird Count on Dec. 28th!!!