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All meetings, outings, workshops and there dates are subject to change and more will be added as the season progresses.

Some events have a maximum or minimum number of participants, so be sure to check the Nature Moncton website at www.naturemoncton.org or the Information line for updates.

If you have ideas for other field trips, workshops or presentations contact Susan Atkinson at susand@nbnet.nb.ca 

Meetings: Regular monthly meetings are held at the Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge.
Workshops: . Pre-register with Judi Berry-Steeves at jbsteeve@nbnet.nb.ca or call her at 387-4778
Outings: Details are announced on the Nature Moncton Information Line (384-6397) in the week leading up to the event. 
Transportation: Car-pooling is organized for outings, so there are always seats available for those who need rides.

All are welcome both members and non members.
Pre-registration is required for all workshops:

Nature Moncton March Meeting
March 17th, 2015 7:00 pm

Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge
 

"Fifty+ Years of Birding in New Brunswick"  Jim Wilson

This is a retrospective look at the many changes since Jim began keeping a
regular journal about birds and nature in 1963. At least one bird species has
been extinguished in NB, and many others have declined. Some species
declined but have rebounded to their former numbers, still others have expanded
their breeding ranges into the province and one entirely new bird has been
discovered by scientists. This presentation will provide insights into why
and how these shifts have occurred and what might happen next." 

Tracks, Trails, and Scat

Nature Moncton Workshop

Tankville School, 1665 Elmwood Drive

Sunday, January 25, 2015  1:00-4:00 P.M. 

WHO’S BEEN THERE AND WHO DONE IT! 

  The tracks, trails, and scats left behind in winter snow can tell us lots about who’s been there and maybe what they’ve been up to. Looking for animal tracks, trails, and scats can add a whole new dimension to a winter cross country ski or snowshoe sortie. Also, just who may have visited your yard last night! Let’s spend an indoor session with Nelson Poirier looking at tracks, the paws that made them, and put the two together to know how the behaviour of the animal may decide the particular trail left. And yes, those telltale scats too!

 

To preregister, phone Judi Berry-Steeves at 387-4778 or email Judi at jbsteeve@nb.sympatico.ca. $8 at the door to cover costs. All are welcome.

Nature Moncton April 2015 Meeting
Tuesday, April 21 at 7.00 PM
Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge
Topic: A Parasitic Life Style – No Apologies Necessary

Presenter – Andrew Boghen 

Parasites are organisms that live in or on other organisms and account for more than 50% of all the animals on earth. For the most part, they are perceived as unwelcome guests whose numbers range from several hundred to millions of organisms per host. They conjure up ideas of freeloaders – wriggly worms, creepy insects, slimy amoebae that more often than not cause great havoc if not outright death.  

There is, however, increasing evidence that parasites also have a good side. For example, they have the capacity to improve the taste of certain foods and can impact positively on failing immune systems. More important, they represent an integral part of the ecosystem, ensuring stability and playing a significant role in the evolutionary process of living organisms. 

It is their extraordinarily diverse adaptations, including tapping into their host’s biological systems and altering the latter’s behavior for their own ends that make them such interesting subjects. It is also not surprising that they have gained amour and respect by many for their unparalleled craftiness and clever talents in ensuring their unique way of life.  Their bible is no other than the book of evolution and to this end they have, and remain, first class students.

The talk will focus on some of the exceptional strategies that parasites employ in the world of nature, not only to ensure their survival, but also to carry the well-deserved title of “ultimate manipulators” when it comes to getting their way and guaranteeing the life styles of their choice. 

Dr. Andrew Boghen is very well known and experienced in this field of biology serving as a research professor in Biology at U de M, has written a text that has become a major reference in Atlantic educational facilities offering Aquaculture and Fisheries Programs.

Nature Moncton May Meeting 

May 19th, 2015 at 7:00 pm 

Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge 

Presenter:  Roland Chiasson 

 

Festival of Nature 2015  - What is Missing from the Brochure

 

Looking for more information about this year’s festival of Nature, come to this month’s meeting to find out more about the events. Get the inside information about the best places to visit, special guest lectures and details about field trips. 

 

Roland Chiasson is the past president of Nature NB , « Le Club des naturalistes de la péninsule acadienne » a member of the Chignecto Naturalist Club and is on the board of Nature NB. He is the chair of the Sustainable Education Alliance of New Brunswick.

 

Roland has worked for various companies and other organizations doing ecological inventories for the last 15 years. Roland was the education and outreach manager at Cape Jourimain Nature Centre for four years. He currently works for the Aster Group Environmental Services Co-operative.