It’s Kaitlyn here, back for another edition of Friday Field Notes. I has been an exciting week at the HLC, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
This week we said farewell to the one-and-only Nick Hawkins as he continues to travel around the province documenting why Nova Scotia’s marine and ocean environments are so special. It was great to have him here- I think we all learned a lot about marine ecosystems, photo journalism & what we have right at our back door! Before Nick left, HLC staff joined him for a field trip to Cape Sable Island to visit the Hawk Beach and explore the Drowned Forest.
The Hawk Beach is home to the tallest and most southerly lighthouse in all of Nova Scotia and is also home to an eerie and mystical coastal environment- the drowned forest.
The Drowned Forest is made up of preserved tree stumps, some of which experts have dated back 1500 years. The walk along the beach almost feels apocalyptic- but despite this, is something not to be missed!
This week we hosted our second instalment of the Never-2-Old workshop. We were joined by a group of folks eager to get crafting and make some nature-focused jewellery pendants. The workshop was led by HLC Manager Jessica Bradford, who picked up the craft as a hobby, and is now preserving some of her most treasured finds in beautiful necklace pendants. The group at the workshop turned on their creative juices and made some diverse and beautiful pieces of jewellery! Join us for our next Never-2-Old happening on August 14th where we’ll be turning discarded fishing rope into mats, coasters, plant hangers & more!
Unfortunately, a foul weather forecast led us to cancel our Wild Wednesday program for this past week- but that just means we’ll be back next week better than ever! Speaking of next week- we’re planning a low tide scavenger hunt at Thomas Raddall Provincial Park AND there will be PRIZES. Come on out and explore with us!
Finally, you’ll soon have a much easier time finding the HLC as we’re getting new signage! Here’s a quick preview of what to expect as you approach. Hope to see you soon!