Buckthorn Pull

On June 8th, members of FOPE along with Dalhousie University Co-Op students and Nature Conservancy of Canada met in Pugwash Junction to help eradicate the Glossy Buckthorn shrub. 

Buckthorn is an invasive species that has been aggressively growing in some areas of the province including the Conservancy’s property along the Pugwash Estuary. When out of control, Buckthorn blocks the growth of desirable species such as pines and maples, may destabilize land and ultimately harm wildlife.  

The 2014 annual event represents the fourth year that FOPE has participated in this effort and progress IS being made! The Conservancy estimated that about 5,000 bushes were destroyed this year, either by pulling the roots or chopping back, and treating with herbicide. Thank you everyone.

Also, here is a link to checkout CTV's coverage of the work - pretty cool! 

Some of the volunteers 


AGM Feb. 28 at the curling club.  The guest speakers were a Nature Conservancy of Canada delegates  Doug Van Hemessen, Danielle Horne and Donna Wellard.  Approximately 40 people attended

FOPE became a member of Nature NS.  

PDHS Science Field Trip - In keeping with our goals to educate the public about the estuary and the environment, we hosted Christine Scallion and 50  students.  Several learning stations were set up including water sample and flow rate collection and flora and fauna identification.

FOPE at Harbourfest

July 26

This year, our participation in Harbourfest was to offer a breakfast to all who paddled to Victoria  Island.  Louise and Josie hosted with Werner’s help.  It rained both days but about 25 stalwarts arrived to sample the food and walk the trail around the island.  


August 18, 2015

Friends of the Pugwash Estuary has taken part in the Community Aquatic Monitoring Program (CAMP) monthly during the summer over the past 5 (at least) years. Managed under the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, baseline data on distribution and density (what species and how many) aquatic and plant species, presence of invasive species such as green crab and aquatic conditions including tide cycle, temperature, salinity and oxygen content are collected from 6 sites around the Estuary (Camp Pagweak, Brickyard beach, the Basin, Crescent beach, Pugwash Point and Docherty Creek). This data, combined with that from several other sites along the Northumberland Strait are used to assess the health and changes in the coastal environment and river systems of the southern Gulf of St Laurence. 

October 8, 2015

Another Successful Field Day

On October 8, FOPE and the Nature Conservancy of Canada once again co-hosted a  field day for Grade 10 Science students from PDHS.  After a brief introduction, the students were bussed to the Nature Conservancy land on Crowley Road where they got to experience what NCC interns and researchers do in the field.  Throughout the morning they participated in plant and bird identification, buckthorn pulling, the aging of trees and forest regeneration.  In the afternoon, the students turned their attention to the issues around the green crab - a session which was led by Dr. Fraser Clark from Dalhousie University.  Student feedback showed that these hands-on activities help them to think about their local area in a different way. 

Our team did very well, finishing tied for second place, but receiving third place through retrogression.

July 23, 2016

Harbourfest FOPE Style

On July 23, under Betty's leadership, lunch was served to those brave kayak and canoe people and the even braver swimmers who pushed through the wind and paddled (or swam) to the other side of Victoria island.  Alvina's chowder, Doug's chile, hot dogs, Joze's streudel, Theresa's cookies and Betty's rice crispy squares plus plenty of other stuff was on hand - as well as the picnic table Greg built and floated over.  He also took us on a great hike.  Thanks to those who came.

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Sept. 22, 2016

FOPE Received Award

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Communities In Bloom represented by Norene Smiley honoured FOPE today with a Certificate of Appreciation for our support and partnership as we work together to improve the environment of our area.  Betty accepted the award on FOPE's behalf at the Volunteer Recognition Luncheon which Communities in Bloom held today.