Nature Moncton March Meeting
Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge
"Fifty+ Years of Birding in New Brunswick" Jim Wilson
Tracks, Trails, and Scat
Nature Moncton Workshop
Tankville School, 1665 Elmwood Drive
Sunday, January 25, 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. $8 at the door to cover costs. All are welcome.
Nature Moncton April 2015 Meeting
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
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.