Nature Moncton April meeting
April 20, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Presenter: Greg Stroud
“Sable Island: Canada’s newest National Park”
Canada’s newest National Park, Sable Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia may be difficult to arrange a visit to and chances are many of us may never get that opportunity. That is about to change on April 20, 2021 when the Nature Moncton April meeting will pay a virtual visit to this unique place guided by Greg Stroud, a veteran to guiding naturalists.
Sable Island is home to special members of Mother Nature’s wildlife community. Yes, the special feral horses taken to Sable Island since the mid 1700’s are still present and surviving this unique environment. Walrus are no longer present; however, some seal species call it home, and sharks visit the area with seals in mind. It is also the summer breeding ground of the Ipswich Sparrow, a subspecies of the Savannah Sparrow.
Greg Stroud, Operations Coordinator for Sable Island National Park Reserve, who lives on Sable Island 6 months of the year and is intimately familiar with it, will be our private guide to showcase this special place to us.
Greg is no stranger to guiding naturalists. Greg has been a professional Nature guide for various tour companies as well as worked at various positions at National Parks across Canada. Greg is an avid birder and when not birding can be found canoeing or kayaking in the backcountry or exploring on his mountain bike where he lives in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.
This not to miss presentation will be virtual due to Covid 19 restrictions. The link for anyone anywhere to join will be posted on the Nature Moncton BlogSpot a few days before the presentation.
Nature Moncton May Meeting
May 18, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Presenter: Karen Vanderwolf
“Bats -- Their Present Status in New Brunswick and Man-Made Suggested Housing”
The relatively sudden appearance of the fungal disease White-nose Syndrome in New Brunswick came close to decimating our cave bats.
It was first discovered here in March 2011. Karen Vanderwolf was very instrumental with Dr. Don McAlpine in documenting the dramatic decrease of bats in the cave hibernating that population. However, Karen did field work for her PhD during the summer of 2019 in New Brunswick and found that bats are persisting and reproducing despite being exposed to White-nose Syndrome for many years. Karen has conducted a lot of research in caves and mines and has studied other aspects of cave biology.
Karen’s interest in bats has continued and she is currently finishing her PhD on bats at Trent University in Ontario.
Karen has become involved with the Canadian Wildlife Federation in projects to study bats and bat housing. She will give us information on the present status of bats in New Brunswick and suggestions on man-made housing to assist bats.
This presentation will be virtual and the link for anyone anywhere to join in will be published on the Nature Moncton BlogSpot a few days before the presentation.
NATURE MONCTON EVENT
WHAT’S THAT DUCK?: A WORKSHOP/OUTING ON DABBLING AND DIVING DUCKS
Workshop (Virtual): Thurs. April 22nd from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
Outing: Sat. April 24th (rain date: Sun. Apr. 25th) from 10:00 into the afternoon. (**Bring a lunch)
Meeting Place for Outing: Rte. 114 and Steeves St., Hillsborough (meet at the lot in back of the post office, near the fighter jet at the far end).
Presenter and Guide: Roger Leblanc
Registration (for outing only): with Louise Nichols – email@example.com
Cost: $5:00 for members/$10.00 for non-members (to be paid at the outing on April 24th)
With the arrival of spring, many bird species that have left us for more moderate climes will be coming back. Amongst the first to return, and certainly some of the most colorful, are ducks. Now some ducks, mostly sea ducks, have toughed it out and stayed with us through winter, but their habits and behaviors are so different that they justify a separate treatment. At this workshop/outing, we will concentrate only on dabbling and diving ducks found on inland bodies of water. So what is the difference between dabbling and diving? In this workshop we will learn the answer to that question and how to tell them apart.
Dressed in their spring finest, dabbling and diving ducks have already started coming back to us. On arrival, they first congregate in bays, waterways and impoundments before getting down to the arduous matter of producing next year’s offspring. This makes April the perfect time to learn to recognize them or simply brush up on your duck ID skills. And if you are just getting into “birdwatching,” ducks are a perfect place to start because they are big, colourful, have a tendency to stay put long enough for one to study them and many are jam-packed with identification-helping field marks. Still some, females in particular, can be confusing. So to help you out with this, Nature Moncton is offering this combination workshop and outing.
With our own Roger Leblanc, we will first have an online weekday evening workshop to study the 14 species of dabbling or diving ducks that can be expected in the region now. We will learn how to separate them by habitat, behavior, and field marks. Roger will also share with us his experience-based “tools of the trade” for duck identification. Then on the weekend we will head out to a couple of duck hot spots in the Hillsborough region where ducks are findable in mixed groups at this time of year. There, with Roger’s help, we will work on using the knowledge learned in the workshop to ID them to species. All in all, a great learning and fun-filled experience that should help you better answer the question: “What’s that duck?”
All are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.
** Bring a scope if you have one, and binoculars. Roger will have an extra scope and binoculars available if anyone needs them.