Nature Moncton April meeting
April 20, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Presenter: Greg Stroud
“Sable Island: Canada’s newest National Park”
Canada’s newest National Park, Sable Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia may be difficult to arrange a visit to and chances are many of us may never get that opportunity. That is about to change on April 20, 2021 when the Nature Moncton April meeting will pay a virtual visit to this unique place guided by Greg Stroud, a veteran to guiding naturalists.
Sable Island is home to special members of Mother Nature’s wildlife community. Yes, the special feral horses taken to Sable Island since the mid 1700’s are still present and surviving this unique environment. Walrus are no longer present; however, some seal species call it home, and sharks visit the area with seals in mind. It is also the summer breeding ground of the Ipswich Sparrow, a subspecies of the Savannah Sparrow.
Greg Stroud, Operations Coordinator for Sable Island National Park Reserve, who lives on Sable Island 6 months of the year and is intimately familiar with it, will be our private guide to showcase this special place to us.
Greg is no stranger to guiding naturalists. Greg has been a professional Nature guide for various tour companies as well as worked at various positions at National Parks across Canada. Greg is an avid birder and when not birding can be found canoeing or kayaking in the backcountry or exploring on his mountain bike where he lives in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.
This not to miss presentation will be virtual due to Covid 19 restrictions. The link for anyone anywhere to join will be posted on the Nature Moncton BlogSpot a few days before the presentation.
NATURE MONCTON FEBRUARY MEETING
February 16, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Presenter: Mike Holland, Minister of Natural Resources and Energy Development
“Protected Areas of New Brunswick”
In October 2019, the government of NB announced it would more than double the amount of conserved land in the province in the next 14 months bringing the total up to 10%. That would translate into the creation of a good number of new Protected Natural Areas (PNA) in which conservation is the focus. The events of 2020 delayed the project a bit, as well as many other things, but the province is still on track to fulfill this commitment and has put forward a consultation process to help it along. For naturalists this should be of great interest and that is why we thought it would be good to have someone come and give us a talk on the subject. And who better to do that than Mike Holland the minister of the Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development. Minister Holland is a fervent outdoorsman himself and it should be of great interest to all to hear how he sees the future of conservation in our beautiful province.
This presentation will be virtual with anyone anywhere welcome to join. The link to the presentation will be published on the Nature Moncton BlogSpot for a few days before the presentation.
NATURE MONCTON JANUARY MEETING
JANUARY 19, 2021 AT 7:00 PM
Covid-19 and the necessity of virtual meetings will not stop us from holding our usual January “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? This past year brought nature especially close to all of us and many of us developed a stronger and more intimate relationship with the outdoor world. The January Nature Moncton meeting belongs to members like you who would like to share their photos and stories of that world in short 15-minute presentations.
If you have something you’d like to share, contact Fred Richards at email@example.com and he will instruct you how to present on our virtual platform (very easy!) and do a short practice run with you.
Let’s start 2021 off the right way – by sharing with one another our positive experiences of the natural world around us!
For those who want to attend the meeting, check the Nature Moncton Information Line the day before for a link to connect. All are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.
Nature Moncton March Meeting
March 16, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Presenter: Dr. Jack Terhune
“Maritime Seals: The Permanent Residents and Winter Visitors”
Harp and Hooded seals come to the Gulf of St. Lawrence to breed in March before they head back to the Arctic for summer feeding. Harbour and Grey seals live in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Bay of Fundy year-round. Their breeding biology emphasizes avoiding predators and there are two nursing strategies: stay-at-home mums or working mums. For Harbour and Grey seals, finding a safe place to rest is important and the high tidal range in the Bay of Fundy means that they must stay awake on shore.
Dr. Jack Terhune is holding out at UNB Saint John at the moment, but his extensive research career has taken him to do research in Denmark, ice fields east of Greenland, and Eastern Antarctica as well as closer to home in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Bay of Fundy.
Jack will share his wealth of knowledge with us that will be welcome information for naturalists to have in their backpacks.
Dr. Terhune comments that his retirement in 2012 “did not take” and he is still very active with students and ongoing research collaborations.
A do not miss presentation!
This presentation will be virtualwith anyone anywhere welcome to join. The link to the presentation will be published on the Nature Moncton BlogSpot for a few days before the presentation.
Nature Moncton May Meeting
May 18, 2021 at 7:00 PM
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.