NATURE MONCTON NATURE NEWS
March 18, 2023
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**John Goobie photographed an evergreen plant on the Dobson trail on February 7. Some of us could not put a handle on the identity until Gart Bishop reviewed it to identify it as Sheep Laurel (Kalmia angustifolia).
This is a very common native plant but can surely fool neophyte botanists when we see a photo of this plant in midwinter showing off its greenery in a snowy background.
**Gordon Rattray is seeing and hearing birds getting into the spring mood. Gordon has heard Mourning Doves, White-throated Sparrows, and Black-capped Chickadees singing territory vocalizations. Gordon also had his first of spring visits from a Song Sparrow. Also present in his yard are several American Tree Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos.
Gordon had an interesting event on Friday when an internet technician removed a Bald-faced Hornet nest from his tower. The nest was built last summer and was about 12 m up in the air. There were two dead wasps in the nest and some unmatured pupae. For contrast, Gordon includes a nest he collected several years ago.
**Dan Hicks, Director of Parks for the City of Moncton, has successfully applied for a grant from Trail Care Canada for the City of Moncton to partner with Nature Moncton for a habitat improvement project installing bird nest boxes on the Riverfront Trail in Moncton.
The plan is to erect approximately 20 Nest Boxes appropriately placed along the trail in early April.