March

Nature Moncton February Meeting. 

Date: February 20, 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.


Nature Moncton Tree Swallow Nest Box Project Workshop
March 24, 2018.
Time:  1:00 to 4:00 pm.
Location: Tankville School at 1665 Elmwood Drive.
Cost: $8.00.


Come learn about swallows in our province, pick up your nest boxes, learn about placement and maintenance of the boxes as well as how they are built.
Presenters: Roger Leblanc and Fred Richards
After an excellent success last year, Nature Moncton’s Activities Committee is pursuing again this year a long-term Tree Swallow Nest Box Project that we hope will be enthusiastically embraced. Note also that these nest boxes can potentially be taken up by other species such as Eastern Bluebirds and Black-capped Chickadees. Once again, one of our members, Fred Richards, has volunteered to build and assemble 49 very solid and well-made nest boxes with an expected lifespan of 15 years. The 50th will be assembled at the end of the Nest Box Project Workshop to show participants the plans and how to build more should they wish. The workshop, led by Roger Leblanc and Fred Richards, will provide knowledge on the expected swallows in NB as well as share information on where best to erect the boxes for maximum effect and how to maintain them. The boxes are offered free of charge to paid-up Nature Moncton members (only a few boxes remain to be reserved). Each numbered box will be stamped with the Nature Moncton logo. We are asking that the volunteers who have adopted the boxes be willing to place them and maintain them each year as well as keep records of nesting results (a form will be provided).
Parasites in the form of fleas are an unavoidable burden to bird nest boxes, especially to nestlings. This can easily be avoided or considerably reduced by adding a tablespoon of diatomaceous earth to the nest box at spring clean out combined with a shot of 0.05% permethrin spray to remove any fleas that have overwintered. A small packet of diatomaceous earth will be given with each nest box and information on the spray which can be purchased at most pet stores. Nelson Poirier will give instructions to those who wish to use these aids. Everyone is welcome to attend the March 24, 2018 workshop whether or not you will be (or are) an active participant in the project. Those who already have their own boxes and are interested in learning new ideas or those who are just curious to know more about swallows and their nesting habits are also welcome to attend, Nature Moncton member or not.

​Nature Moncton March Meeting.
Date:  March 20, 2018.
Time: 7:00pm.
Location:  Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge (across from Cabela’s)
Speaker: Laura Tranquilla.


Wetlands provide a vast array of ecosystem services. Unfortunately, wetlands have been rapidly declining in number, size, and quality throughout North America. Those that remain are threatened by pollution, filling, draining, and other human impacts. Many marsh-dependent species have been affected, and are in need of monitoring, protection, and recovery efforts.
In Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, conservation organizations have secured and stewarded close to 940,000 hectares of wetland habitat! However, valuation of wetland conservation in terms of hectares says little about the biodiversity and functions these wetlands provide. To fill this gap, Bird Studies Canada, with support from partners, launched the Maritimes Marsh Monitoring Program in 2012.
Join Bird Studies Canada Atlantic Program Manager, Laura Tranquilla as she talks about the Maritimes Marsh Monitoring Program’s efforts to date, directions for the future, and ways to participate.


For more information on Bird Studies Canada’s Maritimes Marsh Monitoring Program please visit:  http://www.birdscanada.org/volunteer/acmmp/

February

Nature Moncton June Meeting


Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge (across from Cabela’s)
“Sable Island, One of Canada’s newest National Park Reserves”
Presenter: Greg Stroud


Sable Island is one of those unique island gems off the Nova Scotia coast that over time has developed its own ecosystem of mammals, flora, and fauna. It is the only nesting site of the Ipswich sparrow we are sometimes lucky enough to see migrating to Sable Island in the spring. Its feral horses are legendary as well as its marine mammals and so much more.
We are very fortunate to get a free one hour expedition to visit this special place with photos and the contagious enthusiasm of Greg Stroud from Parks Canada who currently manages the visitor experience to the newly minted National Park. Greg will also look at the human history of Sable Island.
Most of us may never get to experience Sable Island as Greg has, but our visit on Tuesday June 19th will be as good as it gets.
Greg’s passion for birds and wildlife will make this presentation one not to miss.
Everyone welcome Nature Moncton member or not.

Nature Moncton April Meeting


Grand Lake Meadows Natural Protected Area
Date: April 17, 2018

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge (across from Cabela’s)
Speaker: Gart Bishop


The unique wetlands along the Trans Canada Highway between Jemseg and Upper Gagetown are part of the Grand Lake Meadows. A portion of these wetlands is protected as Grand Lake Protected Natural Area. It is home to a collection of species which are not found elsewhere in the province. Gart Bishop will describe some of these species -- including New Brunswick’s smallest vascular plant -- that make this area so different from other wetlands.
Gart has also agreed to lead a Nature Moncton Field trip this summer to this special area to see in real time many of the species mentioned in his presentation that can be found in this unusual community and that have led to protection of the area. These species will all be emerging and appearing over the next months.
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April


Nature Moncton’s Annual Feeder Tour.

February 24, 2018
 
It’s that time again! A break from winter doldrums as we get a chance to visit some homes to see the winter birds we have in our area.


General schedule:
8:30 am: Meet at Coliseum parking lot to organise car-pooling.
8:45am: Leave promptly for Jean & Kevin Renton's on 1460 Gorge Rd., Stilesville. Jean has once again offered a wonderful breakfast in addition to seeing the many birds they have visiting their home.
11:00 Mapleton Park: Gorge Rd entrance. A chance to see over-wintering ducks.
11:30 pm: Head over to Riverview where we will have 3-4 stops (TBA) before heading back to
1:30 pm: Nelson & Pat Poirier’s on 85 Mount Royal Blvd., Moncton

June

Upcoming Events.