Nature Moncton November Meeting

“The Mysterious Coyote” 

Date: November 17, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM

Presenter: Jonathan Cormier


One of the most elusive members of our New Brunswick fauna is the Coyote.  We may hear them more often than we get eye contact.  However, the Coyote is very widespread throughout our woodlands and grasslands, even encroaching into our urban areas.  Join Jonathan Cormier, wildlife biologist with the New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources, for an evening of fascinating details about the life and times of these secretive animals. 

** This meeting will be virtual.  Details on how to participate online will be outlined closer to the meeting date.

August 2020

“Dragonflies and Damselflies of New Brunswick”

Date: Oct 20, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm

LOCATION UPDATE:  "Because we are now in the orange phase of Covid-19 restrictions, this meeting will no longer take place in person at the Rotary Park Lodge.  We will be broadcasting the presentation on Zoom instead.  Instructions on how to connect to the meeting will be posted soon."

Speaker: John Klymko

Dragonflies and damselflies, collectively known as the Odonata, are a group of insects that have long fascinated naturalists. Here in New Brunswick, we're lucky to have a relatively rich Odonata fauna, with 139 species recorded; only Ontario and Quebec have more! Join John Klymko, zoologist at the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre, for an introduction to the natural history, diversity, and conservation status of our Odonata.

We are hoping to broadcast the meeting live on ZOOM for those wishing to participate from home, and a recording of the meeting will be available afterward.

Instructions on how to connect to the broadcast will be posted closer to the meeting date.

Nature Moncton Workshop and Outing
Date: January 11th, 2020
Time: 9:30 am (workshop); outing in the afternoon
Location: Tankville School
Leader: Roger Leblanc
Cost: $8.00

Please register for the workshop with Louise Nichols at


Are you just getting started in bird watching and asking yourself these kinds of questions:

- Where do I start to identify a bird? There are so many.
- What about places to bird? Where do I find what bird?
- What about guides, apps, sites and equipment? What should I get?
- Once I have the toys what should I do with them?
- Where do I find help out there and how do I get better at birding? 

  Nature Moncton knows that a lot of new nature enthusiasts are joining our ranks, while some that have been around for a while are still puzzled by these questions. And since the New Year is a great time to start something that you have been wanting to try for a while we will offer, early in 2020, a birding workshop with our own Roger Leblanc. Roger, a well known bird expert with more than 25 years of experience, will explore all these questions with you and any others you might have. While it can seem overwhelming at the start, there is great pleasure and a sense of accomplishment in learning to know birds and nature better. In an indoor workshop, Roger will share his expertise on finding and identifying birds as well as many tips on various aspects of bird watching.  Then after a couple of hours indoors talking about birds and birding, we will put it all together by --“YES” -- going birding outside. At this point you can put your newfound know-how to the test in the field with the help of Roger. As many have said, bird watching is all about time spent in the field and so we will go out to see what Mother Nature has in store for us. Some extra binoculars and scopes will be available.

All are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.


Saturday, February 15, 2020 (with a weather date of Saturday, February 22)
8:30 am at Coliseum Parking Lot

Nature Moncton’s annual bird feeder tour will take place on Saturday February 15th. Participants are asked to meet at 8:30 AM at the northeast corner of the Coliseum parking lot. 

The first stop will be the Renton’s in Stilesville to see the many birds in their well-stocked feeder yard while socializing over a delicious pot-luck breakfast. Participants are asked to bring food contributions.  After leaving the Renton’s, the group will travel to Mapleton Park for a quick stop to see the ducks, then on to a few other feeders to finally end up at Nelson and Pat Poirier’s in the afternoon. Come and enjoy a day with fellow birding enthusiasts along with the excitement of seeing what turns up at the visited feeders.

All are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not. 

Nature Moncton Workshop

“Getting the Most out of your Camera” 

Date: February 1, 2020

Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 noon (with the option of some outside practice time after lunch)

Location:  Tankville School, 1665 Elmwood Drive, Moncton

Leaders: Gordon Rattray, Fred Richards and Brian Stone

Cost:  $8.00


Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to learn how their cameras function when taking a picture.  Our three presenters will talk about the components of a photograph and will show how a camera can be used to get a certain look, with some discussion on how best to compose a photo.  Later in the session, we will focus on how to find a good picture opportunity and the setup that will work best to obtain the most satisfying results. 

Participants are encouraged to bring their cameras (either DSLRs or Point-and-shoot) and practice what they learn on their own equipment.  The presenters will be more than happy to answer questions.

This is not a photography class as such, but an overview of cameras and photography. 

Bring a lunch, especially if you plan to stay and practice.

All are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.



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Nature Moncton February Meeting 
“A Look Back on the Petitcodiac River Causeway” 
Date: February 18, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Location:  Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge (across from where Cabela’s used to be)
Speaker:  Gary Griffin 

As a primer to the Nature Moncton project for an all-day session on the Petitcodiac River scheduled for April 4, Gary Griffin will give Nature Moncton a very interesting presentation of his outstanding work on the Petitcodiac River.

Gary plans to present a short history of the river from a Moncton perspective and our pre-causeway understanding of its resource value to the entire Inner Bay of Fundy river systems. From there he will expand on his 19 years of volunteer work at the Petitcodiac River fish trap/gate structure and will touch on fish species before and after closure in 1968. He will also outline problems verified with DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) in the design and operation at the site and work projects spanning 5 years funded by DFO/Employment Enhancement programs. 

Gary will touch on stocking programs, enhancement, and stream enhancement activities before the gates were permanently opened. 

All are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.


Nature Moncton January meeting
January 21, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Moncton Rotary Lodge (across from former Cabela’s)
Members Night!


Have you had an interesting encounter with nature in the past year?  Have you taken some good photos of birds, insects, animals or anything else in the various habitats of New Brunswick?  Have you taken a trip where you were able to experience aspects of nature different from what we have here?  The January Nature Moncton meeting belongs to members like you who wish to share their nature photos and experiences in 15 to 30 minute presentations.   It’s a special night when we get to hear from each other and perhaps learn some things from the everyday experiences of the nature enthusiasts who belong to the club.

Please advise President Gordon Rattray if you have a presentation to share at or call Gordon at 874-6458, so we can line up the evening.

Nature Moncton is a very diverse group with an equal diversity of interests. Let’s share them on January 15, 2019!

As always, all are welcome Nature Moncton member or not.

(Updated with new destination and meeting place)


TIME : 1 :00 pm 






 Even though we are smack in the middle of a beautiful warm summer, fall migration has already started. No, not so much those confusing autumn warblers or hard-to-differentiate flycatchers yet, but shorebirds for sure. Now the simple mention of shorebirds can bring a glazed look to the eyes of many, and for good reasons. There are dozens of species and they are often seen in mixed flocks far off in a marsh on a mud flat or beach.  Plus here in the Maritimes, we mostly see them at a time of year when they are in drab basic or winter plumage that is essentially the same for all: a bicolored combination of darkish gray on top, with white on the bottom -- great for hiding from predators but not so good for birders to figure what they are. So all of this explains the fact that some just call them peeps and move on to more “reasonable” birds. But shorebirding can be lots of fun and we are in fact fortunate, in our region, to be near some great shorebird migration stopovers, even just minutes from the city centre along the Petitcodiac River. But how are we supposed to identify those little gray birds all the way out there on the mud flat that just won’t stand still and don’t vocalize a lot? 

 Once again Nature Moncton comes to the rescue. On Saturday August 22 we are offering a shorebird outing. Our own Roger Leblanc will lead this outing and will share with us the tricks of the trade that he has honed over several decades to help us put names on most of the shorebirds out there. As well as lead the outing, Roger will focus on field marks, habitats, behaviors and other clues that can help birders more easily identify the dozen or so shorebird species we should see. So if you have been hoping to find something to do bird-wise to bridge the extravanza of spring birding and the allure of autumn rarities, this is your chance. Don’t miss it. 

Bring binoculars, and a scope if you have one. 

All are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not. 



DATE: Saturday May 30th, 2020

MEETING PLACE:  At the Crooked Creek Lookout.  Follow Rte 114 towards Alma from Moncton.  In Riverside-Albert by the Forest Dale Home and the Albert Medical Centre, Rte 114 takes a 90 degree turn.  At this point, turn right onto Forestdale Rd, and drive to the end.

TIME:   8:00 AM for those who want to come for some early stationary birding in that area

            9:00 AM for those who would prefer to arrive later

LEADER:  Roger Leblanc

REGISTRATION:  Louise Nichols at

We have visited the Caledonia Gorge Protected Area twice in the fall, but never in the spring when the birds are in full song.  Roger Leblanc will lead the group through this special area full of natural beauty, concentrating on the birds of spring which many of us appreciate now more than ever given the isolated conditions we’ve experienced in the last couple of months due to Covid-19.

For those of you who are up early, Roger will be at the site at 8:00 AM to lead the group in some birding on site.  Those who wish to arrive later can join at 9:00 at which time, the hike will begin.

Because of regulations restricting the size of group gatherings, we will take registrations for this trip.  If we have a large number who are interested, we may divide the participants into two groups.  We will also keep abreast of any new developments in provincial Covid-19 guidelines and will adjust accordingly while keeping participants informed.

So come join us for a day of birding in a beautiful environment.  Be prepared for a round trip hike of 5 to 10 kms.  Dress accordingly for the weather with good waterproof footwear.  Bring a lunch, water and snacks. 

All are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.


DATE:  Saturday July 18th, 2020 (Rain date:  Sunday July 19th, 2020)

TIME:  9:00 am

PLACE:  Meet in the parking lot of Lillas Fawcett Park, off Morice Dr. by Silver Lake, Sackville.

GUIDES:  Roger Leblanc as birding guide; Louise Nichols who is familiar with the area



Two interesting areas to explore in one day!  After meeting at Silver Lake, we will travel up to White Birch Rd. which provides access to an extensive area of marsh and impoundments.  As this is one of the few areas where Black Terns breed, we may possibly see some of these birds flying and even be lucky enough to see the adults with the juveniles.  Waterfowl, warblers and other songbirds will also be present as we visit some of the marsh area along the road and walk on the dyke through a very large wetland.

After exploring the impoundments, we will turn our attention to a bog which runs alongside one of the impoundments where we will be able to see bog plants, insect life and even more birds.  Keep in mind that much of this walk – and the walk through the wetland and the bog -- will be in the sun without benefit of shade, so a hat will be a good idea.  The bog is not extremely wet, but shoes that can withstand some wet ground or rubber boots should be worn, at least for that part of the trip.

In addition, bring a lunch, water, sun screen and insect repellant.  

All are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.



“The Great Trees of New Brunswick”
Date:              Dec. 8th, 2020
Time:              7:00 PM
Presenter:    David Palmer

** This will be a virtual meeting.  Check the Nature Moncton Information Line BlogSpot for updates on how to connect. **

David Palmer obtained his MSc in Forestry from UNB and is past president of both the Canadian Forestry Association of New Brunswick and the Conservation Council of New Brunswick.

He has recently co-authored the book Great Trees of New Brunswick, 2nd Edition, a wonderful guide to the “more than five billion trees, many native to [New Brunswick’s] forests, some introduced by settlers.”  The book acts as both a guide to identifying the trees of the province and a collection of stories connected to the most notable individual trees that New Brunswickers are drawn to.

Join David Palmer for a fascinating journey that will take us across New Brunswick to learn about the many trees that surround us and to appreciate the endurance and grandeur of some of the province’s greatest trees.

** If we were meeting in person, David would have copies of his books for members to purchase.  Undoubtedly, he will tell us where best to order them.


DATE: Saturday June 20th, 2020 (Rain date: Sunday June 21st)

MEETING PLACE:  At the entrance parking lot by the large White Rock sign.  Follow Rte. 114 Hillsborough from Moncton.  In Hillsborough turn right on to Golf Club Road at bottom of the hill as you go through Hillsborough.  Follow the road past the Gray Brook pond, about 2KM from the start.  Area is on the right before the Golf course.

TIME:   9:00 AM 

LEADER:  Roger Leblanc, assisted by Gordon Rattray

REGISTRATION:  Louise Nichols at

The White Rock Recreation area is a multi-use area with many bikers and walkers.  There is an extensive network of paths in the area so we will only see a small part of the total area.  You will see gypsum out-crops and many springs coming out of the banks.  We can expect to see many of the expected wood dwelling birds.  I observed 13 of our Warbler friends as well as two thrushes this spring.  We will follow the path of Gray Brook with many ferns and other flora along its route. 

Because of regulations restricting the size of group gatherings, we will take registrations for this trip.  If we have a large number who are interested, we may divide the participants into two groups.  We will also keep abreast of any new developments in provincial Covid-19 guidelines and will adjust accordingly while keeping participants informed.

So come join us for a day of birding in a beautiful environment.  Be prepared for a round trip hike of 5 to 8 kms.  There will be some uphill travel of a moderate climb.  Dress accordingly for the weather with good waterproof footwear.  Bring a lunch, water and snacks. 

All are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.


June 2020

November, 2020

January 2020

Nature Moncton Wild Mushroom Field Trip
Sunday, October 4, 1:00 p.m. 
Roger LeBlanc’s yard at civic # 3764, Rte. 115 in Notre Dame


Nature Moncton will sponsor a Field Trip to give an overview of wild mushrooms, identification tips, which ones make good edibles, which ones do not, which ones are toxic, some culinary tips where applicable, or whatever participants want to hear more about or contribute to the exchange. The event will be led by Nelson Poirier. 

Participants are asked to start gathering specimens up to 5 days in advance to bring to display on set-up show-and-tell tables where specimens can be identified and discussed. Try to gather fresh specimens where possible, place them in damp moss in a flat container or place in a paper bag, and refrigerate with a large felt marker label "Do Not Eat".  Do not store them in plastic bags. The collections participants bring in will be an important part of the event as we will get to see a much greater variety of specimens this way than an outing to just one habitat. 

Please take note that some Covid-19 protocols will apply. Participants who bring specimens will be asked to place them on a set-up table themselves. Nelson will point out features and commentary using plastic gloves and then all will go into a garbage can to be disposed of unless photos are wanted first, but no touching a second time. Physical distancing will apply except for participants within their bubble. Participants will have to be limited to 20 to help observe restrictions. The walk through Roger LeBlanc’s woodlot afterward will require similar restrictions which by now we are getting used to. 

Please register with Activities Committee Chairperson Louise Nichols at as soon as possible due to the limit on participants to observe Covid-19 restrictions.

As always all are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not. Just bring your enthusiasm and mushrooms!