Oct. field trip – Fire ecology of the Herring Cove Backlands… plus lichens! plus mosses!


Sunday, October 23, 2016
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Exploring the Herring Cove backlands, a gorgeous Jack Pine barren near our house (and in need of protection).

Come and explore the globally rare ecosystem in our midst! Between Herring Cove Road and Purcells Cove Road is a vast, wild area called The Backlands. Here lies the fascinating Jack Pine/Broom Crowberry ecosystem, which contains many specially adapted species that have evolved to withstand repeated fires. Our on field trip we will see several of these species in their fall glory, and will learn about the efforts by multiple groups to save this area.

We will be joined by lichen expert and enthusiast Frances Anderson, and moss identifier extraordinaire, Anne Mills! This is a fantastic field trip to get to know some of the province’s incredible, but underappreciated, species.

Please send a quick email to Karen at ynchalifax at yncns dot com if you plan to attend. Details of our entry point for the hike will be sent to registered participants.



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Backlands - Mica Cres. entrance

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