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Friends of Taylor Head Park Activities

 

The Friends of Taylor Head Provincial Park (FOTHP) organization offers a program of interpreted and guided outings and other events that we hope will enhance the experience of park users. This initiative originates from our strong attachment to Taylor Head Provincial Park and our passion for the natural world.

The guides and interpreters for all activities are volunteers. We have limited resources in terms of the scope and level of assistance that we are able to offer to participants who cannot safely participate without special attention or supervision. In particular, if you have mobility, endurance, or cognitive limitations we ask that you read the program details very carefully to ensure that the activity you choose is right for you. The program includes both easy and demanding events.

All activities are FREE.

If you would like to support the organization and the work we do, purchase a Friends of Taylor Head membership. Annual membership fees are Family $20 and Individual $10.

You need sturdy footwear such as walking shoes, hiking sneakers, or hiking boots. Street shoes or sandal-type footwear with open toes and heels are not suitable for these rough hiking trails. If you have questions about the conditions of the trails, just give us a call.

We have graded our hiking trails as EASY or MODERATE for hikes under 3 kilometers, and DIFFICULT for hikes over 3 kilometers, such as the Headland Trail. Most outings exceed three hours, so do not forget to bring drinking water, something to eat, and appropriate outdoor clothing.

 

BIRDWATCHING: EARLY FALL MIGRANTS

Saturday, September 23. Time 10:00 a.m. – 3:00p.m.
Meet by the kiosk at the last parking lot.
Level of difficulty – Difficult

This activity will be along the Spry Bay and Headland Trails which will take about four hours to complete. It should provide a good photo opportunity for migrating Waders,  Blackpoll Warblers, Black-backed Woodpeckers, and Common Yellowthroats. You will encounter rugged terrain so it is advised to wear hiking boots. Bring snacks or a lunch and water, and don’t forget your binoculars and camera.

There is no rain date, we’re pretty serious about birds and we absolutely love all levels of bird enthusiasts at all our events. Join us!

Leader: Jim Cameron 902-885-2970
Alternate contact: Warren Parsons 902-772-2207

MAGICAL, MYSTERIOUS, MUSHROOMS

TBA (sometime in October): 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Meet by the kiosk at the last parking lot.
Level of difficulty – Difficult

Forests wouldn’t grow without them!
Orchids wouldn’t bloom without them!
Some even glow in the dark, and there are more mushrooms in Nova Scotia than there are plants! Throughout history mushrooms have been regarded with fear and fascination – sometimes revered, sometimes hated, but always mysterious.

Join Scott, co-founder of the Halifax Field Naturalists and mushroom expert, on a foray to learn more about this much-maligned group of organisms.

Find out what is fact and what is fantasy, what is edible and what is poisonous and where (and when) to find them. Discover how fungi are absolutely essential to our well-being.

You will encounter rugged terrain so it is advised to wear hiking boots or sneakers. Bring water, snacks or a lunch, and don’t forget your camera.

There is no rain date because mushrooms love moisture, right?

Leader: Dr. Scott Cunningham

For more information call Warren Parsons at 902-772-2207

PARK EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

October 09– December 04, 2017

Through a partnership agreement between The Friends of Taylor Head Provincial Park and NS Department of Natural Resources, the Park gate is open after the normal October 09 closing date until December 04. The Park typically opens in mid-May, and if the condition of the park road is favourable, an earlier spring opening may be possible. During the extended open period, in the absence of regular park staff, “The Friends” take on responsibility for garbage collection and toilet maintenance.

late season guided hike #1

Saturday, November 4. Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Meet at the Bull Beach parking lot
Level of difficulty: Moderate with easy sections

Late autumn is a special time to experience the natural wonders of Taylor Head Park. The air is fresh, cool, and clear. There are no biting insects and lots of elbow room on the trails.

Join us for a walk on the Bull Beach Trail and the Bob Bluff Trail to Psyche Cove Beach (Taylor Head Beach). Our walk continues along the beach to Powers Pond and the Spry Bay Trail, then back to the main parking lot to finish off. Participants will have the option of a shuttle back to the Bull Beach parking lot, or you may choose to walk the Park Road back to your car.

Hiking on exposed coastline in November can be challenging, so good boots and seasonally appropriate clothing is recommended. Bring snacks, lunch, and water.

Leaders: Peter Oickle 902-499-4114  Warren Parsons 902-772-2207.

birdwatching – winter birds

Sunday, November 26 Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Level of difficulty: Difficult

This will be a leisurely walk to the Headland Trail. At this time of year, we expect to see lots of Eiders, Grebes, Scoters, Dovekies, Guillemots, Mergansers, Harlequin Ducks, Long–tailed Ducks, and Purple Sandpipers.

Hiking on exposed coastline in late November can be challenging, so waterproof boots and seasonally appropriate clothing is recommended. Bring snacks, lunch, and a hot drink. This should be a good warm-up to the Christmas Bird Count. There is no rain date. All birders and nature lovers are welcome.

Leaders: Jim Cameron 902-885-2970 Warren Parsons 902-772-2207

late season guided hike #2

Saturday, December 02. Time: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Meet at the kiosk at the last parking lot.
Level of difficulty – Moderate with easy sections

Late autumn is a special time to experience the natural wonders of Taylor Head Park. The air is fresh, cool, and clear. There are no biting insects, and lots of elbow room on the trails.

Join us for a walk on the Bull Beach Trail and the Bob Bluff Trail to Psyche Cove Beach (Taylor Head Beach). Our walk continues along the beach to Powers Pond and the Spry Bay Trail, then back to the main parking lot to finish off. Participants will have the option of a shuttle back to the Bull Beach parking lot, or you may choose to walk the Park Road back to your car.

Hiking on exposed coastline in December can be challenging, so good boots and seasonally appropriate clothing is recommended. Bring snacks, lunch, and water.

Leaders: Peter Oickle 902-499-4114  Warren Parsons 902-772-2207.

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

Friday, December 15. Time: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 pm.
Meet at the Spry Bay Community Hall (opens at 7:30 a.m.)
Level of difficulty – Difficult

The Nova Scotia Sheet Harbour (NSSH) Christmas Bird Count is one of about 25 around the province. The count area extends in a circle around Taylor Head Park and from Tangier to Sober Island. All the trails in the park are covered in this survey. Birders are organized into groups from two to four and given designated areas to count.

If you have a bird feeder, you’re also encouraged to send in your count.

Birders will meet after the count, to sum up the day’s count and have a delicious meal at the Spry Bay Community Hall.

These counts are sponsored by the National Audubon Society, Bird Studies of Canada, NS Bird Society and the Friends of Taylor Head Provincial Park Society.

*Please notify Jim or Warren if you plan to attend.

Contact:
Jim Cameron 902-885-2970
Warren Parsons 902-772-2207

Flickers at Taylor Head Provincial Park

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