Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Nov 20 2019

NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, November 20, 2019 (Wednesday)

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Edited by: Nelson Poirier
Transcript by: Brian Stone
Info Line # 506-384-6397 (384-NEWS)

** A big thank you to Alyre Chiasson for presenting to a keen Nature Moncton audience on Tuesday evening about some of the approximately 53 species of fish that live below the undersurface of our freshwater lakes and rivers that we just don’t get to meet … and for what time was allowed get to know their unique life style from the huge STURGEON that has changed little since the time that they swam with the dinosaurs to the smaller, numerous MINNOW species that we have in New Brunswick. Alyre pointed out how important all these fish are to other, larger fish as a food source and also as a very crucial food source for some of our bird and mammal species. Some travel incredible distances like our shorebirds do to propagate while others live their whole life in a very small space. Lots of fascinating information of great interest to naturalists to better appreciate Mother Nature’s world right in the areas where we so often sleuth.

** Our next Nature Moncton adventure field trip takes place this coming Saturday, November 23, with a visit to the Irving Research Facility and Tree Nursery in Sussex. This visit will open a lot of eyes seeing firsthand the ground breaking research taking place in this facility that we drive by so frequently while not being aware of what is happening there but that will affect the future here in New Brunswick and elsewhere. The writeup is attached below and take note of each of the subjects that we will be exposed to. We will meet at the north/east corner of the Moncton Coliseum parking lot at 11:45 am for a 12:00 noon carpool and departure. Susan Atkinson has a van that can accommodate several.

If travelling to the site directly take exit 195 off the Trans-Canada Highway at Sussex, then turn right just past the Irving station on to Wheeler Rd., taking it all the way to the end, then turn left onto Aiton Rd. which takes you right to the brick research facility and tree nursery (at civic number 181), both of which we will visit. The host will be Andrew McCartney who is head of the research area and will lead to the nursery facility. Andrew is very enthusiastic about his work. He has lined up Kelly Honeyman, the Irving full time staff naturalist, to give an overview first on the day’s agenda.
Brian Stone has attached a map that may be helpful as well.

Nature Moncton field trip
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Irving Research Centre and Tree Nursery in Sussex
Leaders: Andrew McCartney and Kelly Honeyman, JD Irving naturalist
This tree nursery and research facility is a site we often drive by but few of us realize the significance of the research being done there and how it affects us all now and in the future.
This is an opportunity to witness some of the state of the art projects underway and being tested.
A few of the subjects that will be introduced to participants:
-Auto acoustic recording devices to collect information on species of birds breeding in an area
-Deer and Moose studies
-Identifying fungi that may biologically control spruce bloodworm
-Vertical agriculture-(raising agricultural crops in layers within a building using LED light spectrums)
-Developing trees that can mature in 32 to 35 years instead of 60 to 80 years
-Salmon and trout hatchery
-Microscopic look at tree seed embryos
-Use of biological controls to reduce pesticide use
-And more…………
Meet at 11:45 AM at the Moncton Coliseum parking area to be at the research site in Sussex by 1:00  p.m.

As always all are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not. Rumors of a social get together of participants over supper after at nearby JJ’s Diner are in the air, to be decided on the spot.

**Aldo Dorio took more photos of the SNOW BUNTINGS that are enjoying their stay at Hay Island as well as a group of Canada Geese seeming in no rush to migrate southerly yet. Note the Snow Buntings are still in their more drab non-breeding plumage

Nelson Poirier,
Nature Moncton



Irving  Research and Tree Nursery Map