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.

Upcoming Events.

December 2019

November 2019

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 budworm

-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

-And more…………

Meet at 11:45 AM at the Moncton Coliseum parking area to be at the research site in Sussex by 1:00  p.m.


Nature Moncton Workshop and Outing
Date: January 11th, 2020
Time: 9:30 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 places to bird? Where do I find what bird?
- What about guides, apps, sites and equipment? What should I get?
- Once I have the toys what should I do with them?
- Where do I find help out there and how do I get better at birding? 

  Nature Moncton knows that a lot of new nature enthusiasts are joining our ranks, while some that have been around for a while are still puzzled by these questions. And since the New Year is a great time to start something that you have been wanting to try for a while we will offer, early in 2020, a birding workshop with our own Roger Leblanc. Roger, a well known bird expert with more than 25 years of experience, will explore all these questions with you and any others you might have. While it can seem overwhelming at the start, there is great pleasure and a sense of accomplishment in learning to know birds and nature better. In an indoor workshop, Roger will share his expertise on finding and identifying birds as well as many tips on various aspects of bird watching.  Then after a couple of hours indoors talking about birds and birding, we will put it all together by --“YES” -- going birding outside. At this point you can put your newfound know-how to the test in the field 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 Mother Nature has in store for us. Some extra binoculars and scopes will be available.

All are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.


January 2020

Nature Moncton January meeting
January 21, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Moncton Rotary Lodge (across from former Cabela’s)
Members Night!


Have you had an interesting encounter with nature in the past year?  Have you taken some good photos of birds, insects, animals or anything else in the various habitats of New Brunswick?  Have you taken a trip where you were able to experience aspects of nature different from what we have here?  The January Nature Moncton meeting belongs to members like you who wish to share their nature photos and experiences in 15 to 30 minute presentations.   It’s a special night when we get to hear from each other and perhaps learn some things from the everyday experiences of the nature enthusiasts who belong to the club.

Please advise President Gordon Rattray if you have a presentation to share at or call Gordon at 874-6458, so we can line up the evening.

Nature Moncton is a very diverse group with an equal diversity of interests. Let’s share them on January 15, 2019!

As always, all are welcome Nature Moncton member or not.

"Flying Beauties of Winter."

Date : December 10, 2019
Time : 7 :00 pm
Location : Mapleton Rotary Park Lodge (across from where Cabela’s used to be)
Speaker : Alain Clavette


Like it or not, winter is coming. In fact, for the south of the province it seems to have started early. But don’t despair -- spring will be back. And in the meantime Mother Nature will offer some very special treats along with the white stuff, such as winter birds!  What are they, why and when do they come and where can one find them?  To help you answer these questions and many more, Nature Moncton has lined up a great presentation on the subject with one of our top provincial bird experts. Come and meet the naturalist and birder Alain Clavette (of CBC radio fame) for an evening of beautiful photography and info-filled comments on some of the birds that you can observe in New Brunswick only during the long winter months. An added bonus will be that all the photos in the presentation will be originals taken by Alain who doubles as a very talented nature photographer. The presentation could even be a good warm-up for your ID skills which you can use at the Moncton Christmas Bird Count, scheduled for December 14th. Don’t miss this one! 

All are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.

( Photographs by Alain Clavette )