Nature Moncton Workshop and Outing, WHAT’S THAT BIRD???
Date: June 16th, 2018
Time: 9:00 am (workshop); outing in the afternoon.
Location: Tankville School.
Leader: Roger Leblanc.
Cost: $8.00

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 guides, apps, sites and equipment? What should I get?
   And once I have the toys what should I do with them?
- What about places to bird? Field vs.feeders.
- Where do I find what bird?
- Where do I find help out there?
- How do I get better at birding?

Nature Moncton recognizes that a lot of new bird enthusiasts are joining our ranks but also that it’s not easy getting started.  In order to share the great pleasure and sense of accomplishment one gets from learning to know birds and nature better, we are offering a birding workshop for beginners with our own Roger Leblanc. Roger, a well known birder and bird expert with more than 20 years of experience, will explore all these questions with you and any others you might have. He will also share with you his expertise on finding and identifying birds as well as many tips on various aspects of bird watching. And after a couple of hours indoors talking about birds and birding, we will put it all together by --“YES” -- going birding together. At this point you can put your newfound know-how to the test in the field again 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 the nesting season has in store for us. Some extra binoculars and scopes will be available.
All are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.
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Grand Lake Meadows Natural Protected Area
Date: April 17, 2018

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge (across from Cabela’s)
Speaker: Gart Bishop

The unique wetlands along the Trans Canada Highway between Jemseg and Upper Gagetown are part of the Grand Lake Meadows. A portion of these wetlands is protected as Grand Lake Protected Natural Area. It is home to a collection of species which are not found elsewhere in the province. Gart Bishop will describe some of these species -- including New Brunswick’s smallest vascular plant -- that make this area so different from other wetlands.
Gart has also agreed to lead a Nature Moncton Field trip this summer to this special area to see in real time many of the species mentioned in his presentation that can be found in this unusual community and that have led to protection of the area. These species will all be emerging and appearing over the next months.
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Nature Moncton Field Trip
Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018
Time: 8:30 am start from Moncton, or 10:00 am start at location (for the day)
Location: Grand Lake Meadows
Leader: Gart Bishop

Gart Bishop kept a packed house audience in awe at the photos of unique flora in the Grand Lake Meadows area at a Nature Moncton meeting in April. The opportunity for a hands-on visit is waiting. Explore the flora of Grand Lake Meadows on Saturday, July 28 and get the chance to touch New Brunswick’s smallest plant. We will see two species of poison ivy, sweet flag, silver maples, many pond weeds, begger ticks, bryozoa, and potentially much more. And wherever there is good plant habitat, there is also good bird habitat, so we will have a chance to check out the birds too while we’re there. Those who are interested in participating in this field trip are asked to register with Louise Nichols at nicholsl@eastlink.ca. We would like to have as much car-pooling as possible which is good for the environment and good for socializing with fellow club members! When you register, please also indicate whether you would be willing to drive others OR if you need a drive just so we can ensure we have enough vehicles.
Those who are joining others for car-pooling and leaving from Moncton will meet in the parking lot of the coliseum on July 28 th at 8:30. Otherwise, we will all meet with Gart at Turner’s One-stop store parking lot at 10:00 at Jemseg, located just south of the TransCanada Highway on Route 339. Make sure to bring drinking water, lunch, insect epellent, raincoat if indicated, rubber boot footwear, binoculars, and magnifying lens (if you have a pair). Please note that there will be a maximum of 20 participants for this trip. All are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.



Rescheduled to Wednesday June 13. 

Nature Moncton Field Trip, OUT TO THE WOODS.
Date : June 13th, 2018.
Time : Meet at 5 :45 pm (to 9 :00 pm)
Location : Meet at Tankville School and we will proceed from there up Rte 115.
Leader : Roger Leblanc and Mathieu Leblanc.                                                        

 It’s spring! Migratory birds are coming back, plants are flowering, insects are flying  (yes even mosquitoes) and soon mushrooms will be coming out. And a lot of that is happening in or around the forest. In fact a veritable cornucopia of natural sights and sounds is available in forested areas at all times of the year, but spring is special and some of us will be passing quite a bit of time birding and conducting other activities in forested habitat during the coming season.  But how much do we really know about the beautiful Acadian forest around us? And then there is forestry? Wood is one of the main resources of the province.

 If any or all of these questions have been on your mind Nature Moncton will give you a chance to learn more. On Friday June 8th we will be offering an evening outing to a working woodlot about 20 km North of Moncton in Notre Dame at civic # 3764 on route 115. The owner of the land, our own Roger Leblanc, cuts firewood for his own use on these 150 acres and he will be there to talk about that but also show us the birds that nest there and some of the things, like owl nesting boxes, he does to help out our feathered friends. An added bonus will be the presence of Mathieu Leblanc a local forester who operates a sustainable commercial harvesting company. He will talk about the trees and forest types we cross on our approximately two-kilometre walk that will go at a leisurely pace on easy trails and last about 3 hours. Mathieu will also explain the services he offers to his clients that in a nutshell are able to make some profit from his land while still making sure its biological integrity is preserved for future generations.  So why not join us for this outing of discovery? And who knows? -- if they are still there we just might end the walk with a visit to a nesting family of Saw-whet Owls Roger has been lucky enough to host this spring.

All are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.



​Nature Moncton March Meeting.
Date:  March 20, 2018.
Time: 7:00pm.
Location:  Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge (across from Cabela’s)
Speaker: Laura Tranquilla.

Wetlands provide a vast array of ecosystem services. Unfortunately, wetlands have been rapidly declining in number, size, and quality throughout North America. Those that remain are threatened by pollution, filling, draining, and other human impacts. Many marsh-dependent species have been affected, and are in need of monitoring, protection, and recovery efforts.
In Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, conservation organizations have secured and stewarded close to 940,000 hectares of wetland habitat! However, valuation of wetland conservation in terms of hectares says little about the biodiversity and functions these wetlands provide. To fill this gap, Bird Studies Canada, with support from partners, launched the Maritimes Marsh Monitoring Program in 2012.
Join Bird Studies Canada Atlantic Program Manager, Laura Tranquilla as she talks about the Maritimes Marsh Monitoring Program’s efforts to date, directions for the future, and ways to participate.

For more information on Bird Studies Canada’s Maritimes Marsh Monitoring Program please visit:  http://www.birdscanada.org/volunteer/acmmp/


Birds and Climate Change.
Date: May 15, 2018.
Time: 7:00 pm.
Location: Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge.
Speaker: Peter Thomas. 

Climate change will impact New Brunswick forest birds in several ways. Timing of migration and nesting will change for some species, and the distribution and abundance of forest birds will change over the coming decades for several reasons. And all the while, the changing climate will cause forest habitat to change as well. What may the New Brunswick forest bird community look like in the years to come? And what sort of added pressures will land birds face as climate change effects become more pronounced. Join Peter Thomas of Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service to learn more about forest birds and climate change in New Brunswick.


Moncton’s Parks, Trails, Urban Forestry.

Date: June17th, 2018.
Time: 7:00 PM.
Location: Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge (across from Cabela’s).
Speaker: Dan Hicks. 

Moncton’s Parks, Trails, Urban Forestry, etc. Dan Hicks is Director of Parks and Leisure Services for the City of Moncton which leaves Dan to oversee Moncton’s Trail system, urban forestry, horticultural plantings, and recreational facilities. Dan has completed advanced studies in urban forestry to make him a key person in the development of Moncton as a green municipality. Dan will touch on the present system and what the plans are for the future, and he will also touch on what the City has done in the field of wetland management that led to a recent award from Ducks Unlimited which recognized the City’s approach to managing such crucial habitat.

This is the last presentation till September.

Type: You paragraMarshland Outing – follow-up to Acadian Dikes Presentation
Date: September 29, 2018
Meeting Time: 8:00 A.M.
Meeting Place: Champlain Place parking lot behind the Burger King
Guide: Roger Leblanc

Many of the great birding and nature watching spots in our region are situated in or around salt marshes, as are several towns and cities. But these habitats have also been used historically for agricultural production. The intensive dike and water control methods used for this are considered one of the first engineering feats on the continent and a monument has even been erected by the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering to recognize this. As Nature Moncton’s September meeting featured a presentation on this subject we thought it would be a good idea to do a follow-up outing to the diked marsh below Fort Beauséjour near the NB -NS border where it is still possible to see the remnants of this work as well as the monument. Bird life and nature are also very present there at this time, so this would be a chance to mix a bit of history and nature observation. The outing will be led by our own Roger Leblanc and the meeting point for the outing and car pooling will be at 8:00 AM Saturday the 29 of September in the Champlain Place parking lot behind the Burger King.

This will be a full day outing. Bring a lunch, check the weather and dress accordingly.

Date: March 3rd, 2018
Time:  1:00 pm
Location: Southeast ECO360 Landfill Site
Guide:  Roger Leblanc 

For many bird enthusiasts, talking about gulls is a bit like having a discussion about root canal treatment.  But that is unfortunate.  Although wading through the many varying plumages of gulls can make identification hard, it is also true that there are many reasons why we should all take a second and third look at gulls.  First we are lucky in our area to have a large and varied population of gulls which is even more beneficial in winter when other birds are fewer and far between.  Also, even if it is true that gulls take several years to come into their final adult plumage making the immature gulls harder to ID, it is also a fact that since we have only 5 species to contend with at this time of year, it can be done!  And after all, overcoming identification difficulties is part of what makes bird watching fun. So don’t despair -- with good information and practice you too can get to know your gulls.
To help you out on that path Nature Moncton is offering a field trip to the Southeast ECO360 landfill site, otherwise known as the dump. This is THE place in the city where you are most likely to see the biggest number of gulls in one place at one time. It is also the best place to find all 5 species of gulls “possible” in the region at this time of year.
So why not join us Saturday March 3rd for a trip to this local gull magnet? The group will assemble at 1:00 pm in the parking lot of the administration building (just let the people know at the gate that you are heading to the Nature Moncton gull outing). After a very short refresher on the gull species we will be looking for, we will carpool to the nearby landfill and take in the gull extravaganza that usually numbers in the thousands at this time of year. Our own Roger Leblanc will be the leader for this outing, but other gull knowledgeable participants will also be there to help you out with nailing down both the species and age group of the birds that you see.  As an added bonus other birds can be quite numerous around the landfill site, so be prepared to see dozens of Bald Eagles, for instance. The outing should last a couple of hours and help you get a handle on our winter gull population.

Nature Moncton’s Annual Feeder Tour.

February 24, 2018
It’s that time again! A break from winter doldrums as we get a chance to visit some homes to see the winter birds we have in our area.

General schedule:
8:30 am: Meet at Coliseum parking lot to organise car-pooling.
8:45am: Leave promptly for Jean & Kevin Renton's on 1460 Gorge Rd., Stilesville. Jean has once again offered a wonderful breakfast in addition to seeing the many birds they have visiting their home.
11:00 Mapleton Park: Gorge Rd entrance. A chance to see over-wintering ducks.
11:30 pm: Head over to Riverview where we will have 3-4 stops (TBA) before heading back to
1:30 pm: Nelson & Pat Poirier’s on 85 Mount Royal Blvd., Moncton


Nature Moncton September Meeting
How Marshes Became Dykelands
Date: September 18, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge (across from Cabela’s)
Speaker:  Ronnie-Gilles LeBlanc

As naturalists and bird watchers, we roam over many wild places.  And in our quests we often find ourselves in or near the very rich-in-biodiversity salt marshes of the region.  But many of the most accessible marshes having now been converted to dykelands, have you ever asked yourself why and how that happened?  The presentation offered at Nature Moncton’s September meeting will focus on this subject.  The talk given by well- renowned historian Ronnie-Gilles LeBlanc, who has had a long and illustrious career with the Université de Moncton and Environment Canada, will help us understand better these very special places.  Without people realizing it, much of the Bay of Fundy's polders or dykeland in both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia offers some of the best farmland in the world which has been achieved thanks to the « aboiteaux ».  This technology, which originated in North America with French settlers nearly four hundred years ago, has evolved very little over the centuries.  Considered among the first major civil engineering works on this continent, the aboiteau system allowed the Acadian people to prosper until the middle of the eighteenth century and it is thanks to this technology that the agricultural regions of the Bay of Fundy flourished in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  This presentation will address issues such as the origin of the aboiteau system as well as its operation, with illustrations from yesterday and today that will illuminate for us the complexity of a device designed to cope with the most powerful tides in the world.  As naturalists, knowledge of nature is always something we strive for and this presentation should help us understand much better an important part of the natural world that surrounds us.  Don’t miss it!

Nature Moncton Tree Swallow Nest Box Project Workshop
March 24, 2018.
Time:  1:00 to 4:00 pm.
Location: Tankville School at 1665 Elmwood Drive.
Cost: $8.00.

Come learn about swallows in our province, pick up your nest boxes, learn about placement and maintenance of the boxes as well as how they are built.
Presenters: Roger Leblanc and Fred Richards
After an excellent success last year, Nature Moncton’s Activities Committee is pursuing again this year a long-term Tree Swallow Nest Box Project that we hope will be enthusiastically embraced. Note also that these nest boxes can potentially be taken up by other species such as Eastern Bluebirds and Black-capped Chickadees. Once again, one of our members, Fred Richards, has volunteered to build and assemble 49 very solid and well-made nest boxes with an expected lifespan of 15 years. The 50th will be assembled at the end of the Nest Box Project Workshop to show participants the plans and how to build more should they wish. The workshop, led by Roger Leblanc and Fred Richards, will provide knowledge on the expected swallows in NB as well as share information on where best to erect the boxes for maximum effect and how to maintain them. The boxes are offered free of charge to paid-up Nature Moncton members (only a few boxes remain to be reserved). Each numbered box will be stamped with the Nature Moncton logo. We are asking that the volunteers who have adopted the boxes be willing to place them and maintain them each year as well as keep records of nesting results (a form will be provided).
Parasites in the form of fleas are an unavoidable burden to bird nest boxes, especially to nestlings. This can easily be avoided or considerably reduced by adding a tablespoon of diatomaceous earth to the nest box at spring clean out combined with a shot of 0.05% permethrin spray to remove any fleas that have overwintered. A small packet of diatomaceous earth will be given with each nest box and information on the spray which can be purchased at most pet stores. Nelson Poirier will give instructions to those who wish to use these aids. Everyone is welcome to attend the March 24, 2018 workshop whether or not you will be (or are) an active participant in the project. Those who already have their own boxes and are interested in learning new ideas or those who are just curious to know more about swallows and their nesting habits are also welcome to attend, Nature Moncton member or not.