Nature Moncton May Meeting
May 18, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Virtual Meeting
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.

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June 15, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Virtual Meeting
Presenter: David Bell
“Birding Across Canada – On the Way to 500 Species”


Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, David has been birding since he was 5 years old, and he has travelled extensively in North America and the Neotropics in pursuit of birds.  After graduating from the University of Guelph, he has worked various field jobs across Canada, exploring the country and learning about its bird life along the way.  He is currently living in Kelowna, British Columbia, where his partner is conducting her PhD work on Cougar movements in the Okanagan Valley.

In this presentation, David will talk about his experiences on the way to becoming the youngest person to see 500 species of birds in Canada, and present some of his spectacular photography from across the country.  He will also provide some tips on how to achieve this milestone.

This presentation will be virtual and the link for anyone anywhere to join will be published on the Nature Moncton BlogSpot a few days before the meeting.



DATE:  Sat. May 15 (rain date: Sun. May 16) from 9:00 to noon.
(Early start as warblers are most active early)

Meeting Place for Outing:  Kiwanis Parking lot on Mill Street, near end on right.  Mill St.  is first street on left after passing the Irving on main street.

Guide: Gordon Rattray


Spring Warblers are very colorful and active as they arrive to our area.  This location in Hillsborough is known to have many warblers present at this time of year.  One outing at this spot produced a sighting of 10 warbler species.  If time allows we will also check the nearby trails in the Hillsborough Wetlands.  There will be many more species than just warblers.

The walk will be on flat dry ground, and may have wet grass.  The first location will be about 1.5 Km total, the second trail if we get that far will be about 2.5 Km.

In keeping with Covid-19 restrictions, please register for the outing with Louise Nichols at

All are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.