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Water quality issue at Sandy Lake Bedford has subsided (Aug 9, 2019)

Whatever it was, “it” has largely subsided. “It” appeared at Sandy Lake Beach quite suddenly on Tuesday a.m. Aug 6, 2019 On Wed a.m., Aug 7, HRM took water samples and put up a No Swimming sign; a Risk Advisory … Continue reading

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Advisory issued for Sandy Lake due to possible blue-green algae bloom Aug 7, 2019

UPDATE 2:35 pm, Thurs Aug 8, 2019: Risk advisory for Sandy Lake lifted “When an algae bloom is observed, a risk advisory is issued and initial testing is done to determine whether the algae bloom is toxin producing. If the … Continue reading

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Sandy Lake inundated by unpleasant, suspended, reddish, soapy material Aug 6, 2019; and lake level falling quickly

I happened to be at Sandy Lake Beach Park on the morning of Aug 6, 2019, shortly after the beach area was inundated with an unpleasant suspended, reddish, soapy material. It wasn’t there when the lifegurads first arrived. They told … Continue reading

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Guided walks at Sandy Lake Sun June 16 and Sun July 14, 2019

“The incredible Sandy Lake (Bedford) and surrounding forest is an oasis in the city. Come and discover the area’s mature forests, lakes, and hiking opportunities. More wilderness could be protected here if only more people knew about the area’s conservation … Continue reading

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Sandy Lake & Environs well represented in iNaturalist Nature Challenge – let’s keep at it!

The ‘City Nature Challenge 2019: Halifax Regional Municipality’ project ran over the days April 26-29, 2019 and generated an impressive 6839 observations including (approximately) 839 species by 229 observers. From the Facebook Page: Some interesting stats so far (which may … Continue reading

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iNaturalist eyes on Sandy Lake & Environs

As I write this post, we are in the midst of a “Nature Challenge” to residents of Halifax (HRM, Halifax Co) “Help put Halifax Regional Municipality on the global nature scene! On April 26-29, 2019 over 165 cities across the … Continue reading

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Please keep an eye out for the “Hemlock Vampires”

There is a recent posting on iNaturalist of a putative occurrence of Hemlock Wooly Adelgid (HWA), aka the Hemlock Vampires, in Hants Co. If confirmed, the Hants Co. sighting would be the first outside of Digby, Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth and … Continue reading

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In a nutshell: why we need to protect lands on the west side of Sandy Lake

We already have ~1000 acres protected, most of it on the east side of Sandy Lake. So why did Walter Regan ask at the Dec 6, 2018 presentation:  “Why do we need those lands on the west side?” ( I … Continue reading

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Presentation on “A natural history perspective of the forests, wetlands and surface waters of Sandy Lake (Bedford) & Environs” available on YouTube

– Short URL (link) for this page: http://goo.gl/ipYCR2 “By popular request”, I have posted a video incorporating the slides and accompanying audio of my Dec 6, 2018 presentation to the Sackville Rivers Association on YouTube. (I had previously posted a … Continue reading

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Sandy Lake frozen over on Dec 13, 2018 & salt signal increases in streams entering lake via Johnson’s Brook

Revised Dec 17, 2018 On December 13, I repeated a set of observations on pH (a measure of acidity) and EC (electrical conductivity, a measure of salt content) that I had made just over a month ago (Nov 8, 2018) … Continue reading

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