Category Archives: 2022

Field Trip 7: Valley
Saturday, June 4, 2022 11:00 AM

Meeting at 11 am at Gaspereau Valley Fibres farm and wool shop at: 830 Gaspereau River Road. Please park in behind the barn. Masks are required in the shop. Website

At 1 p m proceeding to the Irving Botanical Gardens, Woodland Trail and Environmental Centre at Acadia University at 32 University Avenue in Wolfville. Parking is metered at $1.50 per hour. Masks are recommended in the Centre. The Gardens welcome picnics so I plan to pack a lunch. Alternatively, Wolfville has many restaurants. Website

At 3 p m proceeding to the Tangled Garden at 11827 Nova Scotia Trunk 1 in Grand Pre. There is a $10.00 admission fee to access the gardens and grounds. Please use the parking lot behind the Gardens. ( Turn on to Lower Grand Pre Road just east of the Gardens and at the stop sign at Lower Post Road, turn left up the hill. Website

We are planning to wrap up at about 5 p m. (Although the shop closes at 5 p m, folks are welcome to stay longer in the Gardens if they wish.)

Please do not attend the Field Trip if you are not feeling well.

Field Trip Waivers (from our website) are required for participants. Please email me a Waiver or bring a hard copy along on the day. Thank you.

A packed lunch, water, some cash, waterproof footwear, insect repellant and sunscreen may be useful. A refresher on ticks can be found here.

If the field trip is canceled due to poor weather, an email notice via our Guild Google Group Email will be sent by 8 p m on Friday, June 3rd. If weather on Sunday the 5th is favorable, we will proceed with one change to the itinerary. As the farm and wool shop are closed on Sunday, we would meet instead at the Blomidon Inn at 11 a m at 195 Main Street in Wolfville to explore their Gardens. Website

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Field Trip 4: Motorcycle Races
Sunday, May 29, 2022 10:00 AM

10:00am Arrive at Atlantic Motorsport Park. Meet in the parking lot to the right near a small set of bleachers, inside the main gate next to the track. Entry fee is $10 per person, children under 12 can enter for free with an adult. The trip takes 50-60 minutes from Halifax.

10:15am Parking Lot – Orientation, Safety and Rules as per racetrack official’s instructions *MANDATORY*

10:30am Enjoy the races!

Track Rules/Safety Notes:
1. DO NOT wear Yellow or Red jackets, t-shirts, etc. You will not be allowed track side. The riders can easily misinterpret a yellow t-shirt or jacket as a caution flag and may slow causing a hazard on the track. Red is worse as a red flag means the track is blocked by a hazard and stop immediately.

2. ALWAYS listen to the marshals. If you hear a whistle, STOP immediately and look around. This usually means you have walked somewhere you are not allowed to be for safety/security reasons. If the marshal is yelling at you to back-up, do it immediately or you will be ejected from the track area.

3. Pit Lane. Only pit crews are allowed on Pit Lane. DO NOT walk along Pit Lane. It is very active and a rider can very quickly exit the track and drive down Pit Lane for any number of reasons. Serious injury can occur if you are in the way when an emergency happens.

4. Tower Area. Everyone is welcome to view the racing from the bottom level of the tower. To access the tower, you need to cross Pit Lane. You can only do this at the entrance to Pit Lane and only after exercising EXTREME caution looking for hazards first.

5. NEVER, EVER, cross the race track. The only access to the inner track area is via the tunnel under Turn 1.

6. NO ONE is allowed anywhere on an inside or outside corner unless behind a safety barrier and the marshal knows you are there and says it is okay. Some marshals will be more easy-going than others. Your deportment can significantly improve your odds of getting a great location and it is advised to ALWAYS ask first rather than hear a whistle and be told to move.

7. NO CHAIRS are allowed track side. If you take one, you can only use it in specific areas behind safety barriers.

8. Accidents happen and you must be able to react instantly to move out of the way. If a marshal thinks you are a hazard you will be removed. No questions or discussion.

General Notes:
1. Atlantic Motorsport Park is located about 15 minutes from Shubenacadie and 50-60 minutes from Halifax. Directions:
Take Exit 10 off Highway 102, and head into Shubenacadie (2.3km)
At the stop sign, turn hard right onto West Indian Road (watch for the sign: Indian Brook / Mill Village / McPhee’s Corner)
Drive 2.6km, keep right (Look for the Motorsport Park sign)
Drive 2km, turn right (Look for the North Salem / Atlantic Motorsport Park sign)
After 2.6km, the road will change to gravel. Drive on gravel road for another 2.2km
Turn Right just before the farm (look for the Atlantic Motorsport Park sign)
Follow this road (1.2km) until you reach the Atlantic Motorsport Park gates

2. Recommended attire – Wear sturdy (maybe waterproof) footwear and prepare for wet and dry weather. The field trip will take place regardless of the weather. Sunscreen and insect repellent are also recommended. Protect yourself accordingly against ticks.

3. Lunch and snacks – take your own. There may be limited “canteen type” food onsite located next to the registration building. There will be approximately an hour for lunch from noon to 1pm. Take lots of water.

4. Washrooms are located at the outfield between Turn 10 and 11. Vehicles are strongly discouraged from pit road/paddock, so you will need to plan any trips to the washroom / tower / pit road area.

5. During orientation, I will collect field trip waiver forms which are required for access to the track. You can also email your digital copy of the waiver to me by Saturday, May 28th at noon Atlantic. See below for more information.

6. Be prepared to walk. The track is 2.5km long and consists of 11 challenging turns and varying elevations. The infield area can also be challenging to walk and covers a very large area – about 300+ acres. If you prefer not to walk those distances, there are other great options.

7. Race schedule usually includes:
Practice Sessions – 9 to 11
Qualifying Sessions – 11 to noon
Races – 1 to 4:30 with awards following

Note: The race schedule will be subject to change and delays due to weather/wrecks/etc.

Gear/Equipment:
1. Depending on what you hope to achieve, a dSLR is highly recommended. A fast lens is not necessary, but will significantly improve your chance of capturing a good image.

2. You will likely want at least a 100mm lens. I use a 100-400mm lens and most images are shot at 200mm. You will want a shorter lens for photos in the pit area.

Health Etiquette:
If you do not feel well for any reason, please stay home. Although the field trip is outside, please be respectful and give people enough physical space regardless of whether or not they are wearing a mask.

URLs:
Map
Atlantic Motorsport Park
Society of Atlantic Roadracing League

PGNS Field Trip Waiver – mandatory. Two choices:
Digital version can be filled out electronically and sent to P. Mills by return email the day before on Saturday, May 28th by noon Atlantic. Download the form here.
This field trip waiver can be printed, signed, and given to P. Mills at the meet-up area on Sunday morning. Download the form here.

Track Map:
Meet-up area shown in red below and is close to the tunnel under Turn 1.

Warblers and other Songbirds Field Trip
Sunday, May 15, 2022 8:00 AM

PGNS – Warblers and other Songbirds Field Trip
Leader: Terry Boswell
Location: Meet at the front gate at 8am
Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park
4775 St. Margaret’s Bay Road
Upper Tantallon
Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park

The park does not open until May 17th so we will meet at the gate. If, by chance, the park opens earlier, follow the road to a parking lot on the left next to a grassy area with picnic tables. It is a 1km walk from the gate to the park and approximately 1.5km loop around the park. The total distance, with a few side trails, will be about 5km. The main trails are easy but some may be muddy.

Recommended:

  • appropriate footwear for wet trails
  • rain gear unless of course, there is 0% chance of rainwater
  • snacks/lunch
  • insect repellent
  • rain protection for your equipment
  • longest lens you can carry – at least 200mm but more is better
  • binoculars, if you have them

PGNS Field Trip Waiver – mandatory. Two choices:
Digital version can be filled out electronically and sent to P. Mills by return email by Saturday, May 14th at noon Atlantic. Download the form here: Digital Signature
This field trip waiver can be printed, signed, and given to Terry Boswell at the gate on Sunday morning. Download the form here: Print and Sign

Warblers and other songbirds are difficult to photograph as they rarely sit still. Hopefully, the leaves will not be fully out, allowing us better views of the birds.

Weather: As of May 10th, the forecast is for showers on May 15th. An email will be sent by about 7pm on Saturday evening if the trip is cancelled due to weather.

Health Etiquette: If you do not feel well for any reason, please stay home. Although the field trip is outside, please be respectful and give people enough physical space regardless of whether or not they are wearing a mask. Those who are disrespectful will be eaten by mosquitoes.