Thursday, 5 March 2020

March 5 2020


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

** It’s another slow day. Mother Nature seems to be keeping naturalists from doing their thing with bird feeder yards being very quiet but it may indeed be the calm before the storm with reports of early birds arriving early. In my own yard the well represented AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS [Bruant hudsonien], 1 SONG SPARROW [Bruant chanteur] and 1 CHIPPING SPARROW [Bruant familier] seem to be the only faithful patrons suddenly, with occasional visits from AMERICAN GOLDFINCH [Chardonneret jaune] that were so numerous just a few days ago. Some weather later in the week may change all that a bit.

John Inman reported seeing 2 flocks of CANADA GEESE had flown past his house toward Shepody Bay. He estimated 70 – 80 birds in the flock and noted a similar smaller flock once late last week. The RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS at John’s 225 Mary’s Point Road feeder yard are now up to 28 with COMMON GRACKLES at approximately 10.

Dave Christie’s big number of birds on Tuesday was an extended group of 225 American Robins that flew west past his Mary’s Point house over a 3 minute period. Some landed briefly, possibly in search of food but most continued out of sight. It was the largest flock of robins he had seen during this ‘robin winter’.

** Petitcodiac River Appreciation Day is now only a month away to take place on April 04 at the Moncton Press Club. To update on activity, the speaker lineup is now complete and lots of groundwork is happening over the next few weeks. The tickets have now been printed by Fred Richards. Tickets are now available online at the Eventbrite site below. David Cannon and I ordered tickets on Wednesday morning via this site to check it out and it seemed to work very well. Make sure to print the ticket if you purchase tickets there for presentation at the the door and as they will go into a draw. If ordering from a pad, phone, or other device that does not print you will have to email the response email with ticket from Eventbrite to a device that can access a printer.

Other sites are also being looked into for ticket sales. They are now available at St. Paul’s United Church office in Riverview from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday. Their address is 404 Cleveland Ave. We expect tickets to be available from the Moncton Press Club, 160 Assumption Blvd, as of Friday night. The Moncton Press Club is open from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm each day. In the meantime if anyone would like to take tickets to sell then, send an email to the Information Line editor and we will arrange pickup/delivery by volunteer runners.

To look over the day’s itinerary go to and click on “Petitcodiac River Appreciation Day” for the up to date lineup. I am quoting a message received from MP Ginette Petitpas-Taylor who wordsmithed the day so very well.
 Quoting Ginette
For millennia, the Petitcodiac River did as nature intended, draining a vast watershed as it flowed to the Bay of Fundy. During all that time, the Bay of Fundy did what nature spectacularly does here, sending some of all that water back upriver with each extraordinary rising tide. Our First Nations learned to live in harmony with that natural ebb and flow, as did the European settlers who followed.
 Then, just over a half century ago, we forgot the lessons of our ancestors, and the river that was so long our lifeblood has been fighting to restore itself to the natural order ever since. Fortunately, we have learned our lesson and today, instead of fighting against the river, we are fighting for it.
 That's certainly worth celebrating, and I commend the organizers of this event for doing just that. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish all of you an enjoyable and enriching day.”

Nelson Poirier,
Nature Moncton

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