Events

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Brian Stone

April Monthly Meeting Presentation


Topic: Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Maritimes
Tuesday April 16, 2024 at 7:00 PM
Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge
Presenter:  Denis Doucet

Did you know that
  • New Brunswick has over 140 species of dragonflies and damselflies, which is more than is found in all of Europe!
  • A species of dragonfly that occurs in New Brunswick and is widespread globally actually has the longest migration of any insect, even further than the Monarch butterfly.
  • The order Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) is one of the oldest groups of insects found on the planet. They have been around for more than 300 million years!
Come learn more about this fascinating and very important group of insects in a rich presentation using imagery, notes, quotes, and anecdotes. Denis Doucet, a naturalist and long-time Odonata enthusiast, will undoubtedly grant us with an engaging, visually stunning, and thought-provoking talk.
This will be an in-person presentation at the Rotary Lodge with a Zoom link for those who want to join in from home.
All ages are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.
Join via Zoom

Earth Day Riverfront Cleanup

Sunday, April 21, from 2-4 pm
Meeting place : Moncton’s Riverfront trail at the Moncton Press Club, 160 Assumption Blvd.
Leader: Conservation Action committee

A few Nature Moncton members were recently on Moncton’s Riverfront trail to clean out nest boxes and noticed a lot of garbage. So, we’re going to take action to help clean up the environment and habitat for trail users, marsh wildlife, and our beloved downtown Peregrine Falcons!
You are invited to a Riverfront cleanup on Sunday April 21 from 2-4pm. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear, your Nature Moncton name tag, and bring work gloves. This initiative is in conjunction with the City of Moncton’s Earth week cleanup. The City will provide garbage bags and non-latex gloves to wear over our work gloves.
All ages are welcome, Nature Moncton members or not.
Cathy Simon

May Monthly Meeting Presentation

Topic: Fundy Biosphere’s “Forests of the Future”

Tuesday May 21st, 2024 at 7:00 PM
Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge
Presenter:  Nigel McLaughlin

This presentation, about the Fundy Biosphere’s “Forests of the Future” program, will show how the program aims to increase the overall climate resilience of the Wabanaki (Acadian) forest by planting climate resilient, native tree species and connecting with landowners and the public to spread awareness about climate resilient forestry practices.  Nigel McLaughlin, who is a registered professional forester for the Fundy Biosphere Region and manager of the project, will go over the guiding principles of the program as well as explain what native species will be best suited to our future climate condition.  He will also showcase what the Fundy Biosphere is currently working on in our forests, including their current tree planting efforts and forest carbon inventories, and ending with what the future of the program will look like.
This will be an in-person presentation at the Rotary Lodge with a Zoom link for those who want to join in from home.
All ages are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.
Join via Zoom

May Warbler Walk Outing

Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 9 AM
Haut-du-Ruisseau Nature Park in Memramcook
Leader: Gordon Rattray

Nature Moncton invites you to a warbler walk on May 25, 2024 starting from 9:00 a.m. until around 1:00 p.m..  We will begin from the parking lot of the Haut-du-Ruisseau Nature Park in Memramcook.  
Last year, we had a Wednesday Walk at this location and it was quite enjoyable with lots of small birds.  The trails are well maintained with a few hills. The environment is varied with woodland, open fields and a beautiful creek with a wide flood plain. All in all, it is a very good habitat for birding. 
Rain or shine, all are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.  The park is located at the corner of Breau Creek Road and Palmer Road. The map shows the route to the park from Home Hardware in Memramcook. 

Tree Planting


With the Fundy Biosphere Region
Saturday June 1, 2024 at 10:00 AM
Meeting place: Parking lot on the Moncton side next to the traffic circle near the Honourable Brenda Robertson Bridge to Riverview.
Leader: Conservation Action committee

Nature Moncton and the staff from the Fundy Biosphere Region will be planting trees on the Moncton Riverfront on Saturday, June 1, starting at 10 am and most likely finishing at 2 pm. We’d love to have you come and help us take action for nature!
Trees are an essential part of the ecosystem. They are crucial in fighting climate change. They clean the air by removing carbon dioxide, storing it in themselves and the soil, and then releasing the oxygen into the atmosphere. They also provide other great benefits such as preventing soil degradation, restoring the nutrients in the soil, and creating habitat for a multitude of animal and plant species. Planting trees is a great way to better our community and environment!
What to bring/wear:
  • weather appropriate clothing
  • sun protection including sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses
  • sturdy footwear
  • work gloves
  • packed lunch and water bottle
  • your Nature Moncton nametag (if you have one)
  • a shovel if you have one but there will be a few borrow if needed
Meeting place: Parking lot on the Moncton side next to the traffic circle near the Honourable Brenda Robertson Bridge to Riverview
Trees to be planted: white pine, red pine, white spruce, black cherry and red maple
All ages are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.

Nature NB's Festival of Nature

June 7-9, 2024
Woodstock, NB

Have you heard of the Festival of Nature? Each year, the staff of Nature NB puts together a weekend of nature outings, workshops, and lots of social time with fellow nature lovers from all over the province. This year’s festival will be from June 7-9 in Woodstock. Tickets are now on sale.
Full schedule and registration
City of Moncton

June Monthly Meeting

END-OF-THE-YEAR BARBEQUE!

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 6:30 pm
Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge

Our June meeting will continue the tradition started last year of a fun social event with good food to celebrate the success of another fantastic fall/winter series of meeting presentations, outings and workshops!  Members and non-members are  invited to the Rotary Pavilion at Mapleton Park, where we will serve some delicious beef and veggie hamburgers and enjoy a picnic outdoors.  All food will be provided as a thank you from the executive for all your help and participation, which has made our club so successful throughout the past year.
After we feast on hamburgers, we’ll go inside and watch a presentation of photos taken by participants of the Haut-du-Ruisseau Nature Park warbler excursion held on May 25th and guided by Gordon Rattray.  If you were present on that outing, choose your best 10 photos and bring them on a USB stick.  Photos of birds, plants and insects, as well as photos of participants, are all welcome as a way to share great memories of the day.
To help us get an idea of how much food will be needed, please let Louise Nichols know if you plan to attend the barbeque at nicholsl@eastlink.ca.
Hope to see you there.  All ages are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not. (Photo: City of Moncton)
April Nason

September Monthly Meeting Presentation

Topic: Sea Turtles in Atlantic Canada

Tuesday, September 17, 2024 at 7 PM
Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge
Presenter: April Nason

Did you know there are four species of sea turtles present in Atlantic Canada?  This presentation will focus particularly on the unique anatomy of the most common sea turtle in Canadian waters, the Leatherback Sea Turtle, and the historic work of the Canadian Sea Turtle Network. 
Presenter April Nason developed a life-long interest in turtles from the pet turtles she received as a child.  She completed 3 years of her marine biology degree at UNBSJ and then swerved into dental school and a career in dentistry until she rediscovered her love for sea turtles.  Eventually, she enrolled in the Lifelong Learning Education program at MSVU where her thesis focused on finding the love between people and turtles.  She is now the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Canadian Sea Turtle Network, spending the past two years talking turtles throughout Canada and beyond.
April will also discuss cold-stunned hard shell sea turtles, a phenomenon that is on the rise in our region, and what you can do to help save the lives of these turtles.
This will be an in-person presentation at the Rotary Lodge with a Zoom link for those who want to join in from home.
All ages are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.

Upcoming Events and Presentations

  • May 18, 2024 – Tree ID workshop (tentative)
  • June 15, 2024 – Tour of the Clancy’s woods
  • June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, 2024 – Wednesday Night Walks
  • August 28, 2024 – Final Wednesday Night Walk Social – Fred & Susan’s house

Other Activities

Monthly Meeting Presentations

Guest presenters provide interesting and informative presentations about a variety of nature topics. Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from September to June. Meetings take place at the Mapleton Rotary Lodge at 7 pm.

Field Trips

When possible, field trips are organized on a monthly basis, are often located within 1 hour’s drive from Moncton, and are often scheduled on a Saturday. 

Workshops

Workshops have been on a hiatus since before the pandemic. The Activities committee is working to resume this type of event in the near future.

Wednesday Night Walks

As the name suggests, Wednesday Night Walks take place on Wednesday evenings during the summer months. Each walk to located at a different trail, usually within a 30-40 minute drive from Moncton and are led by a different leader.  

Christmas Bird Count

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is North America’s longest-running Citizen Science project. Nature Moncton has been leading the Christmas Bird Count for the Moncton area since 1960! Participant information for 2023 will be available in late November/early December.

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