Nature Moncton September Meeting
How Marshes Became Dykelands
Date: September 18, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge (across from Cabela’s)
Speaker:  Ronnie-Gilles LeBlanc

As naturalists and bird watchers, we roam over many wild places.  And in our quests we often find ourselves in or near the very rich-in-biodiversity salt marshes of the region.  But many of the most accessible marshes having now been converted to dykelands, have you ever asked yourself why and how that happened?  The presentation offered at Nature Moncton’s September meeting will focus on this subject.  The talk given by well- renowned historian Ronnie-Gilles LeBlanc, who has had a long and illustrious career with the Université de Moncton and Environment Canada, will help us understand better these very special places.  Without people realizing it, much of the Bay of Fundy's polders or dykeland in both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia offers some of the best farmland in the world which has been achieved thanks to the « aboiteaux ».  This technology, which originated in North America with French settlers nearly four hundred years ago, has evolved very little over the centuries.  Considered among the first major civil engineering works on this continent, the aboiteau system allowed the Acadian people to prosper until the middle of the eighteenth century and it is thanks to this technology that the agricultural regions of the Bay of Fundy flourished in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  This presentation will address issues such as the origin of the aboiteau system as well as its operation, with illustrations from yesterday and today that will illuminate for us the complexity of a device designed to cope with the most powerful tides in the world.  As naturalists, knowledge of nature is always something we strive for and this presentation should help us understand much better an important part of the natural world that surrounds us.  Don’t miss it!

Environmental Planning and Management for the City of Moncton
Date:  November 20, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Location:  Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge (across from where Cabela’s used to be)
Speaker: Elaine Aucoin, P.Eng

Elaine Aucoin’s role as Director of Environmental Planning and Management for the City of Moncton is to manage potential environmental issues on City projects as well as develop and implement environmental programs and initiatives for the Corporations.  Amongst other projects, she is currently working on advancing climate change adaptation initiatives as well as greenhouse gas reduction projects.  For the November 20th presentation, Elaine could discuss the following:
- Surface water quality (issues and implemented measures)
- Naturalized Storm Water Management and constructed wetlands
- Watershed management
- Climate change adaptation initiatives
- Recent greenhouse gas emissions reduction initiatives

The City of Moncton has received national awards for some of the environmental projects the City has initiated and that are in use. Elaine will have a lot to share on what is happening on our doorstep many of us are not aware of.

All are welcome, Nature Moncton Member or not.


Upcoming Events.



​Nature Moncton October Meeting
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Mapleton Rotary Lodge (across from former Cabela’s)
New Brunswick’s Protected Natural Areas
Guest Speaker: Heather Loomer

New Brunswick’s Protected Natural Areas (PNAs) are designated sites, protected in perpetuity, for the conservation of New Brunswick’s diversity of flora and fauna and the natural spaces, habitats, and ecosystems on which they depend. Currently in New Brunswick there are 208 sites designated under PNA legislation protecting a total of 274,000 hectares of land and inland waters. Heather Loomer is a biologist with the Protected Natural Areas Section of the  Dept. Energy and Resource Development in Fredericton. Heather’s presentation will highlight a few of these sites, explaining why they are worthy of protecting and visiting. Heather’s presentation will provide some special areas for folks to visit and what to look for that led to their protection.

All are welcome, Nature Moncton Member or not.