Thursday, 4 August 2022

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              August 4, 2022 (Thursday)



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Edited by: Nelson Poirier


**Rheal Vienneau leaves some comments about the use of Butterfly Weed by Monarch Butterflies as was happening in the yard of John Inman as seen in the photos that appeared in yesterday’s edition. Rheal’s response is quoted below:


I have never had any Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberrosa) before. This is a specie of milkweed, so not surprising that Monarch Butterflies will use it as a host plant for its eggs/caterpillars. It is also a superb nectaring plant for monarchs i.e. size, color and fragrance of its flowers.

With our cold winters, it is not unusual to lose this plant over the winter. But some in our area have not encountered any problems.”

It would be very interesting to hear from anyone who has had Monarch Butterflies using this plant and success in growing it.


**Mac Wilmot forwards a link to the video that features the attraction of hummingbirds to the late flowering bean plant, Scarlet Runner bean. The video was taken by Shelby Arsenault at Curryville House in Albert mines, Albert County. Tune into the action at the link below:


Mac also forwards a photo that his grandson Lewis captured of an Artic Fox cleaning after a Polar Bear at Cumberland Sound approaching Pungnirtang Fiord, Nunavut from the bridge of the Henry Larsen.


**The Nature Moncton Wednesday evening walk to a small portion of the huge Tintamarre Wildlife Area went off during a very appreciated pleasant summer evening to soak in this rich morsel of New Brunswick. Mother Nature’s diverse community was very present with lots to muse upon.  Participants heard lots of bird activity, but it was well hidden in the rich foliage, so they shifted attention to the plant and insect life that was abundant.

A pleasant evening of comradeship and appreciation of the very open habitat.

More photos will be coming tomorrow.

All thanks to Louise Nichols for arranging this week’s episode. Next Wednesday’s visit will be to the Tankville School Trail of the Irishtown Nature Park.




**The Johnson’s Mills Shorebird Interpretive Centre is once more in full swing with shorebird migration. Their website has a great table this year to show peak times each day.  The relevant section of their website is copied below:


NCC’s Johnson’s Mills Interpretive Centre is open for the season. Our hours of operation from July 31 to August 6 are as follows: 

  • July 31: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • August 1: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • August 2: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • August 3: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • August 4: 12 p.m.–8 p.m.
  • August 5: 12 p.m.–8 p.m.
  • August 6: 12 p.m.–8 p.m.

Please note the best time to see the shorebirds is from two hours before to two hours after high tide. During this four-hour period, the centre will be closed, but our interpreters will be happy to answer any of your questions on the observation deck. The best times to see the shorebirds are as follows:

  • July 31: 12:41 p.m.4:41 p.m. (High tide at 2:41 p.m.
  • August 1: 1:20 p.m.5:20 p.m. (High tide at 3:20 p.m.
  • August 2: 2:02 p.m.6:02 p.m. (High tide at 4:02 p.m.)
  • August 3: 2:48 p.m.6:48 p.m. (Hight tide at 4:48 p.m.)
  • August 4: 3:38 p.m.7:38 p.m. (High tide at 5:38 p.m.)
  • August 5: 4:32 p.m.8:32 p.m. (High tide at 6:32 p.m.)
  • August 6: 5:03 a.m.9:03 a.m. / 5:32 p.m.9:32 p.m. (High tide at 7:03 a.m. and 7:32 p.m.)

For more information, please contact the centre at 506-379-6347. We will be updating our visiting hours regularly.

The editor spoke with Zoe, the manager of the site on Wednesday. She reported numbers at the moment are in the 20,000 to 25,000 range and increasing in number daily.

She also mentioned Peregrine Falcon/Merlin activity was affecting shorebird presence at high tide times on some days.




Nelson Poirier

Nature Moncton