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 bloodworm

-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 Field Trip
Mapleton Acadian Forest Trip
September 28, 2019 meeting at Trail Head

The Mapleton Acadian Forest Trail Nature Preserve was established in 2016 to be conserved in perpetuity through a partnership between The Elgin Eco Association and the Nature Trust of New Brunswick. This 65 ha (160 acres) property boasts an extensive interpretive nature trail system within a historic Acadian Forest habitat. The 3 km nature trail includes interpretive signs, footbridges, an observation platform, and a traditional sugar shack; it traverses new and old-growth forest featuring brooks, ravines, and an ecologically sensitive area comprised of giant hemlocks.

Join local stewards to experience this protected old growth Acadian forest on Saturday, September 28th at 12:00 p.m.  The Mapleton Acadian Forest Nature Preserve is located 4.4 km down the NB-895 after turning off the NB-905.  The entrance is a gravel road on the right, with a Mapleton Acadian Trail Forest sign.  Follow the gravel road until you come to a gravel parking lot and trail head.  The timing of the event will be confirmed shortly.

Following the engaging tour, there will be a Turkey Dinner at the Women’s Institute Hall (turn left on 4 corners on Gowland mountain.  The hall is on the right hand side before the bridge).  The dinner will begin at 3:00 p.m. and costs $12 to attend.  Celebrate the fall season and a colourful hike with a delicious meal.

If you have any questions, please contact Engagement Coordinator, Cheyenne Currie at or 506 457 2398.


September, 2019

Here Come The Shorebirds

    Workshop and Outing

Upcoming Events.

October 2019

August, 2019

Nature Moncton September Meeting
September 17, 2019 at 7:00 at Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge
Our Acadian Forest and NB Nature Trust Effort to Conserve it

Speaker: Cheyenne Currie

Cheyenne Currie, Engagement Coordinator at the Nature Trust of New Brunswick, will be joining Nature Moncton to discuss the importance of private land conservation in our province.  Established in 1987, the Nature Trust of New Brunswick is a charitable land conservation organization that is responsible for conserving over 8000 acres in more than 60 beautiful and diverse nature preserves.

Cheyenne’s presentation will focus on the importance of the Acadian forest, why this forest type is endangered and how New Brunswickers can contribute to conservation efforts through the Nature Trust’s Landowner Stewardship program.  If you are unable to attend the session and would like to learn more about the Nature Trust and environmental stewardship, feel free to contact Cheyenne at or visit the Nature Trust website (

About Cheyenne:

Cheyenne began her journey with the Nature Trust in the summer of 2018 as a Stewardship Assistant.  Moving from Ontario, she was immediately drawn to the diverse ecosystems found throughout New Brunswick.  Cheyenne earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Western Ontario and has a Graduate Certificate in Ecosystem Restoration from Niagara College. Her academic interests included forest, wetland, and grassland restoration techniques, overwintering sites for reptiles and amphibians, and education in the life sciences.

Cheyenne moved into the Engagement Coordinator position in September of 2018.  In her free time, Cheyenne enjoys hiking, birding, and paddling.



Date:  August 24th, 2019
Time:  Workshop will begin at 10:00 AM at the Sobey’s Community Room off Elmwood Dr. (77 Filles de Jesus Ave) in Moncton
The group will leave at 1:00 PM from the parking lot of Sobey’s for an outing at Petit-Cap (with possible first stop at Riverview Marsh)

Presenter and Guide:  Roger Leblanc
Cost (for workshop): $8.00
Registration (for workshop): Louise Nichols,

** Those interested may choose to participate in the workshop alone or in the outing alone.


Even though we are smack in the middle of a beautiful hot summer, autumn migration has already started. No, not so much those confusing autumn warblers or hard-to-differentiate flycatchers yet, but shorebirds. Now the simple mention of shorebirds brings a glazed look to the eyes of many who are just starting out birding, and for good reasons. There are dozens of species and they are often seen in mixed flocks.  Plus here in the Maritimes, we mostly see them at a time of year when they have gone (or are going) into drab basic or winter plumage that is essentially the same for all: a bicolored combination of dark gray on top, alternating with pale gray on the bottom -- great for hiding from predators but not so good for birders. Add to that that they are more often seen far out in marshes or mud flats, and it is understandable that some just call them peeps and move on to more “reasonable” birds. But shorebirding can be lots of fun and we are in fact fortunate in our region to be close to some shorebird migration phenomena that are world class and of global importance. So how are we supposed to identify those little gray birds all the way out there on the mud flat that just won’t stand still and kind of all sound the same? 

Once again Nature Moncton is coming to the rescue. On Saturday August 24th we will offer a practical workshop on shorebirds, focusing on the 15 or so species that we can reasonably expect to see here now. Our own Roger Leblanc will lead this workshop/outing and will share with us the tricks of the trade that he has honed over several decades for putting names on most of the shorebirds of autumn. In the morning workshop he will focus on ID field marks, but also habitats, behaviors and other clues that help birders more easily identify the birds.  So if you have been hoping to find something to do bird-wise to bridge the extravanza of spring birding and the allure of autumn rarities, this is your chance. Don’t miss it.  All are welcome, Nature Moncton Member or not. 

** Bring a lunch and a scope if you have one.

November 2019

Nature Moncton October, 2019 meeting
October 15, 2019. 7:00 PM
Mapleton Rotary Lodge (across from former Cabela’s)
Beyond ‘An Inconvenient Truth’
Guest speaker: Carl Duivenvoorden


In 2007, Carl Duivenvoorden became one of the very first Canadians to be trained by former US Vice President Al Gore. Since then, he has presented his local and updated version of Mr. Gore’s slideshow more than 300 times to over 40,000 people across Atlantic Canada and in the US.

His column, Green Ideas, was featured regularly in the New Brunswick Telegraph Journal and the Fredericton Daily Gleaner for 10 years, and runs periodically in the Halifax Herald. He also writes for the Huffington Post.

As a speaker, writer and sustainability consultant, he helps people and organizations learn how they can save money, energy, and our environment. For 2019, he set a goal of doing at least 50 free presentations for schools and non-profit community organizations.

Carl Duivenvoorden’s presentation is based on ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, Mr. Gore’s Academy award-winning movie and book. It covers:

-the science of climate: how our planet’s natural systems work

-the causes and impacts of climate change

-what’s needed to solve climate change

-solutions, including actions anyone can take starting today

Carl’s presentation incorporates powerful visuals and clear graphics, including many featured in the movie. It is continuously updated with new and locally relevant information, plus the latest innovations in renewable energy. This is a very special presentation from a very special knowledgeable person. Nature Moncton is very lucky to have this person for Tuesday evening; October 15 .Come experience the reason for the many accolades Mr. Duivenvoorden has received for his presentations.

The presentation is open to the public and as always all are welcome,

Nature Moncton member or not.

( Pictures ... Wind Turbines at Sackville/Amherst )

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