Thursday, 3 October 2019

Oct 3 2019

NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, October 03, 2019 (Thursday)

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Edited by: Nelson Poirier
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** It’s a very short information line this morning, but rainy, cold days like Wednesday do that. Today is a new, sunny fall day which could change everything. It’s that time of year, right through to December, when some very interesting surprise avian visitors could so suddenly appear to get all of the birding community in a tizzy of excitement.

** Aldo Dorio had a visit from 3 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS [Paruline à croupion jaune] to his Neguac yard on Thursday. All were very similarly plumaged in what appears to be fall male plumage. Note the yellow rump and side patch, split eye ring and white throat as nice field marks with no evidence of yellow on the crown. The 3 views show all of these identifiers well.

** A heads up to mark on calendars for October 19. Many folk enjoyed the Mapleton Acadian Forest Eco Trail visit very much and a similar style visit is planned for October 19 to the Caledonia Gorge Protected Natural Area with some very skilled guides in Gart Bishop and Mark Connell. These 2 skilled guides in botany and geology will make this a special visit to this nearby Protected Natural Area. Vehicles will be available for those who would sooner make the long walk into the best area shorter. The write up is attached. This will be a special field outing, so jot it on calendars now.

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. 

Nelson Poirier,
Nature Moncton