Nature Moncton March Meeting.
Date: March 20, 2018.
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/
WINTER GULLS OUTING
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.
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 Tree Swallow Nest Box Project Workshop
March 24, 2018.
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
Location: Tankville School at 1665 Elmwood Drive.
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.