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.
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.
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 bloodworm
-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
Meet at 11:45 AM at the Moncton Coliseum parking area to be at the research site in Sussex by 1:00 p.m.
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.
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 email@example.com or 506 457 2398.
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