NATURE MONCTON OUTING
GAGETOWN ISLAND AND NEVERS ISLAND
"Trip has been postponed due to weather concerns"
New Date: July 13th (rain date: July 14th, 2023)
Meeting Time: 10:00 AM
Meeting Place: Gagetown Marina
Not many of us have visited Gagetown Island, one of New Brunswick’s hidden gems in the middle of the St. John River. It’s a place we have all passed possibly hundreds of times but not ventured out to. The island has a very old historic homestead; it is also home to a breeding Black Tern colony, and no doubt holds many other of nature’s surprises.
Nature Moncton is planning an exploration visit to the island on Thursday, July 13, 2023 (rain date July 14). As a bonus, we will also visit Nevers Island. Nevers Island is a small island very near the main island, and it has recently become a bird magnet due to the refurbished Ducks Unlimited impoundment.
Gagetown Island is a short boat ride (15-20 minutes) from the Gagetown Marina. Frank Merrill with Ducks Unlimited has kindly offered to ferry folks over to the island. Local historian John Johnston will also be present to provide a historical perspective in addition to his observations as a keen naturalist. Liz Mills, an experienced botanist, will be present to assist with special flora the islands may have to share.
We will meet at the Gagetown Marina at 10:00 AM to make sure not to miss the boat! The visit will end when it ends, but folks who wish to depart earlier can be transported back. Be prepared for biting insects and wet areas, and a packed lunch will be a necessity. The walking may be a bit rough at times, so please consider your level of physical fitness --don’t expect any groomed trails. For those who are able, it’s a short canoe/kayak crossing if you wish to join by paddling.
Early registration is suggested with Louise Nichols, Activities Committee chairperson, at firstname.lastname@example.org with name and contact email as numbers may have to be limited to 20 people on the boats. Additional folk can be accommodated if they are able to use their own watercraft to get across.
Nature Moncton members will be given priority.
A Personal Floatation Device or Life Jacket will be required to be worn on the boat.
Join us for this unique adventure!