Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Oct 16 2019

NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, October 16, 2019 (Wednesday)

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Edited by: Nelson Poirier
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** A very big thank you to Carl Duivenvoorden for coming to spend Tuesday evening with Nature Moncton. Carl clearly gave the real facts behind the climate change problem, where the reasons for it lie, and just what and how frequent future weather events may be affected for us. It was a very factual roundup of where we are at the moment. The great to hear comments from Carl were the solutions that he discussed, and what the important different solutions could have to reach goals. He had some excellent information on the importance of clean wind and solar energy and how they are being tapped into in different areas and how they could be applied right here in New Brunswick. A very enthusiastic audience wanted to hear Carl’s every word and were still asking him questions as the doors were being closed

** An audience with a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER [Pic à dos noir] is always a special moment. This species is uncommonly seen but when encountered will usually give nice observations. They are most often found in deep woods but David Christie was fortunate to encounter one along the Grouse Trail in the woods north of the Interpretive Center at Mary’s Point. It was a female bird lacking the yellow crown patch of the male which is the only method to gender this species on plumage. David got 2 nice photos to share.

** The Caledonia Gorge Natural Protected Area is one of those special protected areas on our doorstep. Nature Moncton, in collaboration with Nature New Brunswick, will visit the area this coming Saturday, October 19, and will get the opportunity to see why it is special and protected. We are very fortunate that part of the entourage will include expert botanist Gart Bishop and expert geologist Mark Connell to help point out the interesting features there. A vehicle will be available to take folks in and out for a portion of the hike as appropriate to make the visit easier for anyone with longer hike challenges. The full write up is attached below as webmaster Brian Stone has it placed on the website under “Upcoming Events”.

Nature Moncton Field trip to Caledonia Gorge
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Meeting places: For people from Moncton or coming through the city
meet at the Petro-Canada station on Hillsborough Road (Route 114)
across from Point Park subdivision at 9:30 a.m. For those coming from
places in between or from the other side of Riverside-Albert we will
meet at 10:00h at the Riverside-Albert Recreation Centre
situated at 9 Bicentennial Dr Riverside Albert.

The outing:

Last year Nature Moncton offered a very pleasant fall outing to the Caledonia Gorge Protected Natural Area, situated just north of Riverside-Albert. And since the trip was well attended and very well received, we are planning another visit there this year. This nature reserve is part of the network of provincial PNAs which were created to conserve our “special natural places”. And the Caledonia Gorge is certainly special. The old road we will follow to explore it runs along the gorge created by Crooked Creek and is very rich in natural beauty and biodiversity. As in all PNAs, mature forests, wetlands, streams as well as geological features are protected here from human interference so that the plants, birds, other wildlife and natural functions retain their primeval characteristics.

This year, we are partnering with Nature NB, to offer an enhanced outing, so as well as our own experts on birds and such we will be joined by botanist Gart Bishop and geologist Mark Connell who will help us understand even better the uniqueness of this protected area. Nature NB’s New Brunswick PNA Stewardship Program aims to invite people to explore PNAs, report on their findings and hopefully for some to become stewards of individual sites. The program as well as what we will be exploring will be explained in a short half hour presentation to be held at the Riverside-Albert Recreation Centre just before we head out to the PNA. Bring a lunch and your enthusiasm for nature. This will be essentially a hiking trip but as the road is drivable with a high clearance vehicle, Nature NB will make such transportation available (in or out) for those who might want / need it.

See you there.  As always, all are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not. 

** Aldo Dorio shares some photos from Hay Island. The late flying WHITE UNDERWING MOTH was day perched. This is a large moth that we tend to see late in the season. When it flies it flashes the sharp, black and white striped underwings which are quite striking. Aldo also got a photo of a male GREEN-WINGED TEAL [Sarcelle d'hiver] showing its breeding plumage starting to brighten. Also some strange looking birds are starting to appear in preparation for Halloween in Neguac!

Nelson Poirier,
Nature Moncton