Nature Moncton Field Trip.
Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018.
Time: 10:00 am (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 grab a handful of 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.
Meet at Turner’s One-stop store parking lot at 10:00 AM at Jemseg, located just south of the TransCanada Highway on Route 339. Make sure to bring drinking water, lunch, insect repellent, raincoat if indicated, rubber boot footwear, binoculars, and magnifying lens (if you have a pair).
This field trip will involve multiple stops so carpooling will be helpful to reduce vehicles at roadside stops.

All are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.

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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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.


Upcoming Events.

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.