NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, September 19, 2018 ( Wednesday)
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**A big thank you to Ronnie-Gilles LeBlanc for coming to Nature Moncton on Tuesday evening to explain a part of our history most of us are unaware the impact of today. Ronnie-Gilles explained how the Acadian people built these massive dike systems with the use of aboiteaux to create rich agricultural lands, some that are still used today. Their work is considered among the first major civil engineering works on this continent. His explanation of what this led to was facinating and led to many many questions from his audience.
** Louise Richard has found a stash of a favourite edible mushroom Hen of the Woods in Moncton and sends a photo of her collection. Louise holds the location secrete as she is able to collect it at that site each year. This is a late appearing mushroom with September 18 actually a relatively early date to find it. It often does not appear until well into October and always under oak trees.
**Both Dale Gaskin of Dawson Settlement and Dave Christie in Harvey are still getting a few RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD [Colibri à gorge rubis visits as of Tuesday. Dale had one at his feeder midday on Tuesday and David also had one at his feeder on Tuesday morning that was dive-bombed by a second one in true hummingbird combative behaviour.
** Brian Stone came across an Orb Weaver Spider as he unpacked his tent after a visit from Keji Park. It is the Fierce Orb Weaver, confirmed by Bug guide and is found in the Northern US and Canada so it assumedly is indeed present in New Brunswick. A link to a web site is attached below on this spider species.
Brian feels fairly certain it did indeed travel with him and not of local origin. It was a good size spider but not as large as some of the fishing spiders we come across. The markings are quite distinctive with the orange patches on the abdomen frontal area with a distinct white design patch in front of that with banded legs.
FIERCE ORBWEAVER SPIDER (Araneus saevus). SEPT. 17, 2018. BRIAN STONE
HEN-OF-THE-WOODS MUSHROOM. SEPT 18, 2018. LOUISE RICHARD