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.
Nov. 12, 2017 - Renovations to the house are pretty well complete, so it is on to the barn we go. The shed at the side was falling down, so it had to go. With Joe and his backhoe and Ralph and his overseeing, the job was done.
Canada’s Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Program is a science-based initiative to identify, conserve, and monitor a network of sites that provide essential habitat for Canada’s bird populations.
On September 30th, 8 observers left Estuary House for a day of birding to monitor waterfowl activity at 12 different sites. 967 birds were sighted, and that represented 38 different species. Highlights were sighting a bald eagle with a duck kill and 70 + red-breasted mergansers on the Estuary Trail as well as a male wood duck with several females in Conn's Mills.
This information is used to create conservation plans with wildlife in mind and provide valuable data for the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Program. Recently the work done by FOPE and this group of bird watchers was cited by NCC in their newsletter.
September 23, 2017
Two significant things have happened this fall. First, Bob Nogler won a Communities in Bloom award as one of four volunteers of the year for Pugwash. He received the award for his work towards the building of the second FOPE hiking trail.
Building a trail is a gift to the community which will give enjoyment to generations of Pugwash hikers. The Pugwash Peace Trail at about 3.5 km was built to recognize the work of the Thinkers and of all others who strive for peace.
The second event was the official opening of this new trail - FOPE’s Canada 150 celebration. After a few words by Al Gillis, the celebration started with a solstice ceremony to honour the changing of the seasons and a smudging ceremony led by Louise Goodwin and Emile Gautreau.
John Carraberis, vice chair of FOPE and Doug VanHemessen of NCC cut the ribbon, and declared the trails open. The signs acknowledging the important partnerships with NCC, the Seagull foundation property, the Pagweak foundation and Windsor salt were displayed as were the interpretive signs that will be placed along the trails.
A group of about 15 hiked, and another group in 17 canoes and kayaks hit the water for the annual fall flotilla.
It was a gorgeous day, and after the outings, the Estuary house was at its best with some jamming by visiting musicians and a BBQ to greet people as they returned. And it was warm enough for some to swim.
The new trail is part of the Pugwash Peace Trail System with two loops accessible from it - the Masicho and the Kitpoo Loops make another 1.75 km available. Come and try them out
The fourth annual feast could not have been on a more beautiful day. John Caraberas’s music, not to mention Kelly Pye and her oysters, with the scallops and teriyaki chicken skewers, started things off.
And then, there was the Silent Auction filled with goodies from all those people who so kindly donate and support us.
Shane Robillard of Fox Harbour prepared a delicious dinner. Sheryl’s bakery finished the night.
And don’t forget those people who were named on your menu card who donated food to the feast. The salmon, chicken, leeks, oysters and scallops were all from generous people.
We are volunteers who work at this, and with any volunteer organization, glitches are bound to happen. To those of you who did not get to sample all the foods, we do apologize. What we really appreciate was your understanding. We did not get one complaint - everyone took it in good spirit. But that is the kind of place Pugwash is.
And to all of you who continue to support and contribute to FOPE by attending our feast, we thank you so much.
See you next year!!!
We have so many thank you's. First to the golf course and John Mills and Liz Roscoe for allowing us this venue. Then to Lynn, Catherine and Danielle for all their hard work.
Betty was at the helm this year and was an excellent emcee.
We had a great time with a lot of support from the crowd. Thanks to David the professor, Ryan the paddler and the other participants.