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.


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.

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 September Meeting
September 17, 2019 at 7:00 at Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge
Our Acadian Forest and NB Nature Trust Effort to Conserve it

Speaker: Cheyenne Currie

Cheyenne Currie, Engagement Coordinator at the Nature Trust of New Brunswick, will be joining Nature Moncton to discuss the importance of private land conservation in our province.  Established in 1987, the Nature Trust of New Brunswick is a charitable land conservation organization that is responsible for conserving over 8000 acres in more than 60 beautiful and diverse nature preserves.

Cheyenne’s presentation will focus on the importance of the Acadian forest, why this forest type is endangered and how New Brunswickers can contribute to conservation efforts through the Nature Trust’s Landowner Stewardship program.  If you are unable to attend the session and would like to learn more about the Nature Trust and environmental stewardship, feel free to contact Cheyenne at or visit the Nature Trust website (

About Cheyenne:

Cheyenne began her journey with the Nature Trust in the summer of 2018 as a Stewardship Assistant.  Moving from Ontario, she was immediately drawn to the diverse ecosystems found throughout New Brunswick.  Cheyenne earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Western Ontario and has a Graduate Certificate in Ecosystem Restoration from Niagara College. Her academic interests included forest, wetland, and grassland restoration techniques, overwintering sites for reptiles and amphibians, and education in the life sciences.

Cheyenne moved into the Engagement Coordinator position in September of 2018.  In her free time, Cheyenne enjoys hiking, birding, and paddling.

December 2019

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.


June 2020

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.


July, 2020

Nature Moncton field trip
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Irving Research Centre and Tree Nursery in Sussex

Leaders: Andrew McCartney and Kelly Honeyman, JD Irving naturalist​

This tree nursery and research facility is a site we often drive by but few of us realize the significance of the research being done there and how it affects us all now and in the future.

This is an opportunity to witness some of the state of the art projects underway and being tested.

A few of the subjects that will be introduced to participants:

-Auto acoustic recording devices to collect information on species of birds breeding in an area

-Deer and Moose studies

-Identifying fungi that may biologically control spruce budworm

-Vertical agriculture-(raising agricultural crops in layers within a building using LED light spectrums)

-Developing trees that can mature in 32 to 35 years instead of 60 to 80 years

-Salmon and trout hatchery

-Microscopic look at tree seed embryos

-Use of biological controls to reduce pesticide use

-And more…………

Meet at 11:45 AM at the Moncton Coliseum parking area to be at the research site in Sussex by 1:00  p.m.

Nature Moncton Field trip to Caledonia Gorge
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Meeting places: For people from Moncton or coming through the city
meet at the Petro-Canada station on Hillsborough Road (Route 114)
across from Point Park subdivision at 9:30 a.m. For those coming from
places in between or from the other side of Riverside-Albert we will
meet at 10:00h at the Riverside-Albert Recreation Centre
situated at 9 Bicentennial Dr Riverside Albert.

The outing:

Last year Nature Moncton offered a very pleasant fall outing to the Caledonia Gorge Protected Natural Area, situated just north of Riverside-Albert. And since the trip was well attended and very well received, we are planning another visit there this year. This nature reserve is part of the network of provincial PNAs which were created to conserve our “special natural places”. And the Caledonia Gorge is certainly special. The old road we will follow to explore it runs along the gorge created by Crooked Creek and is very rich in natural beauty and biodiversity. As in all PNAs, mature forests, wetlands, streams as well as geological features are protected here from human interference so that the plants, birds, other wildlife and natural functions retain their primeval characteristics.

This year, we are partnering with Nature NB, to offer an enhanced outing, so as well as our own experts on birds and such we will be joined by botanist Gart Bishop and geologist Mark Connell who will help us understand even better the uniqueness of this protected area. Nature NB’s New Brunswick PNA Stewardship Program aims to invite people to explore PNAs, report on their findings and hopefully for some to become stewards of individual sites. The program as well as what we will be exploring will be explained in a short half hour presentation to be held at the Riverside-Albert Recreation Centre just before we head out to the PNA. Bring a lunch and your enthusiasm for nature. This will be essentially a hiking trip but as the road is drivable with a high clearance vehicle, Nature NB will make such transportation available (in or out) for those who might want / need it.

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

January 2020

February 2020

Nature Moncton October, 2019 meeting
October 15, 2019. 7:00 PM
Mapleton Rotary Lodge (across from former Cabela’s)
Beyond ‘An Inconvenient Truth’
Guest speaker: Carl Duivenvoorden


In 2007, Carl Duivenvoorden became one of the very first Canadians to be trained by former US Vice President Al Gore. Since then, he has presented his local and updated version of Mr. Gore’s slideshow more than 300 times to over 40,000 people across Atlantic Canada and in the US.

His column, Green Ideas, was featured regularly in the New Brunswick Telegraph Journal and the Fredericton Daily Gleaner for 10 years, and runs periodically in the Halifax Herald. He also writes for the Huffington Post.

As a speaker, writer and sustainability consultant, he helps people and organizations learn how they can save money, energy, and our environment. For 2019, he set a goal of doing at least 50 free presentations for schools and non-profit community organizations.

Carl Duivenvoorden’s presentation is based on ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, Mr. Gore’s Academy award-winning movie and book. It covers:

-the science of climate: how our planet’s natural systems work

-the causes and impacts of climate change

-what’s needed to solve climate change

-solutions, including actions anyone can take starting today

Carl’s presentation incorporates powerful visuals and clear graphics, including many featured in the movie. It is continuously updated with new and locally relevant information, plus the latest innovations in renewable energy. This is a very special presentation from a very special knowledgeable person. Nature Moncton is very lucky to have this person for Tuesday evening; October 15 .Come experience the reason for the many accolades Mr. Duivenvoorden has received for his presentations.

The presentation is open to the public and as always all are welcome,

Nature Moncton member or not.

( Pictures ... Wind Turbines at Sackville/Amherst )

​                     Flooding at Hampton, NB, 2018 

Native Fish of New Brunswick
Date:  November 19, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm

Location:  Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge (across from where Cabela’s used to be) 

Speaker: Alyre Chiasson (Université de Moncton) 


Unlike birds, fish more often than not, escape our daily attention; yet in terms of species they far outnumber our feathered friends. How the glaciers retreated from New Brunswick has greatly influenced the distribution pattern of the various species of fish in the province. Where and how they live is the subject of this presentation. All of the fish I have selected are freshwater residents or pass part of their life cycle in our rivers, streams and lakes. From a fish that spends its entire life in an area no bigger than your bathtub to one that travels thousands of miles to reach our province. From a fish that smells like cucumber to those that navigate in the dark -- we’ve got them all! Join me for a somewhat whimsical look at the fish of New Brunswick

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 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.


October 2019

November 2019

May 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!

September 2019

October, 2020

August, 2020

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.



Nature Moncton Field Trip
Mapleton Acadian Forest Trip
September 28, 2019 meeting at Trail Head

The Mapleton Acadian Forest Trail Nature Preserve was established in 2016 to be conserved in perpetuity through a partnership between The Elgin Eco Association and the Nature Trust of New Brunswick. This 65 ha (160 acres) property boasts an extensive interpretive nature trail system within a historic Acadian Forest habitat. The 3 km nature trail includes interpretive signs, footbridges, an observation platform, and a traditional sugar shack; it traverses new and old-growth forest featuring brooks, ravines, and an ecologically sensitive area comprised of giant hemlocks.

Join local stewards to experience this protected old growth Acadian forest on Saturday, September 28th at 12:00 p.m.  The Mapleton Acadian Forest Nature Preserve is located 4.4 km down the NB-895 after turning off the NB-905.  The entrance is a gravel road on the right, with a Mapleton Acadian Trail Forest sign.  Follow the gravel road until you come to a gravel parking lot and trail head.  The timing of the event will be confirmed shortly.

Following the engaging tour, there will be a Turkey Dinner at the Women’s Institute Hall (turn left on 4 corners on Gowland mountain.  The hall is on the right hand side before the bridge).  The dinner will begin at 3:00 p.m. and costs $12 to attend.  Celebrate the fall season and a colourful hike with a delicious meal.

If you have any questions, please contact Engagement Coordinator, Cheyenne Currie at or 506 457 2398.​

(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. 


"Flying Beauties of Winter."

Date : December 10, 2019
Time : 7 :00 pm
Location : Mapleton Rotary Park Lodge (across from where Cabela’s used to be)
Speaker : Alain Clavette


Like it or not, winter is coming. In fact, for the south of the province it seems to have started early. But don’t despair -- spring will be back. And in the meantime Mother Nature will offer some very special treats along with the white stuff, such as winter birds!  What are they, why and when do they come and where can one find them?  To help you answer these questions and many more, Nature Moncton has lined up a great presentation on the subject with one of our top provincial bird experts. Come and meet the naturalist and birder Alain Clavette (of CBC radio fame) for an evening of beautiful photography and info-filled comments on some of the birds that you can observe in New Brunswick only during the long winter months. An added bonus will be that all the photos in the presentation will be originals taken by Alain who doubles as a very talented nature photographer. The presentation could even be a good warm-up for your ID skills which you can use at the Moncton Christmas Bird Count, scheduled for December 14th. Don’t miss this one! 

All are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.

( Photographs by Alain Clavette )