Posted by: PMGDD | July 12, 2021

Nature Miramichi – KFNP Field Trip Saturday

Hi All,

It is thought that for a couple of reasons this coming Saturday (July 17th ) is the day we as a club should plan our visit to The Kingston Family Nature Preserve (KFNP) in the Wayerton area. We need to check out the Nature Trust NB preserve as we as a club agreed to carry out a stewardship responsibility for it on their behalf. A Stewardship Report is expected annually. This involves looking for changes in vegetation such as the presence of invasive species or any other threats. We need to see what sort of human activity has been taking place and if there are any nearby changes. It is not particularly difficult.

Four years ago our club carried out a “bioblitz”, an attempt to record all the flora and fauna species we could identify on the KFNP. Now that we are better aware of the preserve boundaries we need to check some of these botanical findings from this inventory to see that they are actually on the property. Dave McLeod has organized these findings and will be giving us some guidance in this effort.

The road into the KFNP from Hwy 430, the Baisley Rd., can be rough in a few places so a car with good clearance underneath is recommended. Deana and I hope to get out this week to check the road before Saturday.

We will meet at the top of Newcastle Boulevard for 9:00 a.m. at the former Brookdale Nursery parking lot. Long pants and long sleeves are recommended and rubber boots might be a good idea. We should be aware of tics and there are likely to be a few mosquitos out looking for blood! Insect repellent also recommended. Water, snacks etc. The location is quite remote. It was a homestead at one time but there are no structures still standing.

The trip to the Baisley Rd. along Hwy 430 is about 25 minutes towards the former Heath Steele Mine. The KFNP is about a 20 minute drive along the Baisley Rd.

Visit Kingston Family Nature Preserve — Nature Trust of New Brunswick

Posted by: PMGDD | July 4, 2021

Nature Miramichi – Metepenagiag Visit

Thanks to Nelson Cloud we had a very pleasant and rewarding visit this past Saturday to the Metepenagiag area.  Ten club members were joined by the extended family of Andy Stewart so we had quite an age range but I think everyone found things of interest. We were 19 in all. It was cool but it didn’t rain until we were finished and not many mosquitos found us.

We went first to see the Bank Swallows near the Metepenagiag Heritage Museum. The birds were quite active and seemed to be visiting their burrows to feed young and remove fecal sacs.

From All About Birds:

“Bank Swallows are listed by Partners in Flight as a Common Bird in Steep Decline. Their North American numbers have crashed by an estimated 89% since 1970. The global breeding population is estimated at 26 million. They rate an 11 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score, reflecting the fact that they are still widespread and fairly numerous, despite these extreme recent losses. While Bank Swallows are generally quite tolerant of human disturbance, threats can come from changes to its nesting habitat of vertical sand or mud banks and bluffs. Erosion control, flood control, and road building projects that remove these banks or make them less steep make them unsuitable for Bank Swallows. Construction projects that involve high mounds of gravel or dirt can attract nesting Bank Swallows—though they can also destroy nests if the material is removed before the nesting season ends. Bank Swallows are aerial insectivores—a group that as a whole has recently undergone steep, unexplained declines.”

There is a project under way to identify all of the Bank Swallow colonies in NB, Nelson Cloud is involved with this project.

For more information about Bank Swallows visit: Bank Swallow Identification, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Following the Bank Swallow visit we went to Nelson’s property nearby to see the Showy Lady Slippers. It was a bit of a wet underfoot 20 minute walk through the woods to the wet Cedar Swamp, a habitat preferred by this rare orchid. Although some of the flower heads were past their prime we were able to see enough healthy ones to make it very worthwhile. There were a number of other wildflowers spotted along the way of course.

The Showy Lady Slipper is ranked as – S2 – very rare …. (Hinds – 2000) – can take 16 years to reach blossoming stage

Find out more about Showy Lady Slippers at:

https://goorchids.northamericanorchidcenter.org/species/cypripedium/reginae/?pile=orchid-monocots

For photos from our visit go to:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmW8F1nN

Once again thank you very much Nelson

Peter and Deana

Posted by: PMGDD | June 14, 2021

Aberrant Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

I sent this on to John Klymko, an entomologist with the Conservation Data Centre in Sackville, who coordinated the Maritime Butterfly Atlas a few years ago and he seemed to find this butterfly interesting. The pattern of its upper-wings are unlike that of any other swallowtail as far as I know.

Nice sighting Nancy

Peter

From: Nancy Mullin <nancymullin@live.ca>
Sent: Saturday, June 12, 2021 12:12 PM
To: Peter Gadd <gadd1313@nb.sympatico.ca>
Subject: Aberrant Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Hi Peter!

I was down under the Quarryville Bridge this morning and came across a puddling of Canadian Tiger Swallowtails.

This one caught my eye….VERY noticeable and very beautiful

Nancy 🙂

From: Sonya Hinds <lrn306@yahoo.ca>
Sent: Sunday, June 13, 2021 9:46 AM
Subject: Nightjar survey 2021 – volunteers needed

Dear Nature Miramichi Club members and Friends

As discussed at June1 meeting I will be conducting a survey for nightjars (Eastern Whip Poor Will and Common Nighthawk) on behalf of Birds Canada (formerly Bird Studies Canada) Right now I am looking at Friday June 18 or Saturday June 19. At present the weather looks good for both nights. I have until July 15 to complete the survey so I am allowed to postpone! Hopefully not too many times – in 2018 the survey was postponed 4 times!

On each of the surveys that have been performed before we have seen or heard Common Nightjars, which is pretty exciting. Unfortunately we have not heard Eastern Whip Poor Will – but who knows this might be the year!

I have attached protocol information about the survey, please note that as of this year the survey is under Birds Canada. It is no longer under Wild Research. Thus far I don’t have survey information from Bird Canada so I have attached the 2018 protocol from Wild Research.

The route is on a woods road at Cains River (past Blackville), usually we leave Miramichi around 7 and are back around midnight. Meeting place will be Curtis Corner Irving Station at 7:00 pm. as we need to be at the first stop before we start survey .5 hr before sunset. Sunset is 9:25 pm on Friday, so we need to be at starting point before 8:55 pm. There are 12 surveys stops which means we are not back to Miramichi until midnight.

I will try and check out condition of woods road this week, I have been down it a few times in the past and it is okay for my AWD, but maybe not so good for a lower vehicle.

Bird Studies Canada has stipulated that one vehicle per household (COVID protocol). The Irving Station at Curtis Corner is now closed so no vehicles should be left there.

I will send out an email later in the week with an update as to whether survey will go ahead.

If you would like more information, or letting me know if you are planning to attend. My contact information: cell (506)627 9229 – email lrn306

Hope you can come,

Sonya

National-Nightjar-Survey-Protocol-WildResearch.pdf

Posted by: PMGDD | June 8, 2021

Scarlet Tanager this morning in French Fort Cove

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Subject: Scarlet Tanager this morning in French Fort Cove

SmugMug Scarlet Tanager this morning in French Fort Cove
These birds are very colorful and you don’t often get a vice view of them. This was a decent sighting on an early morning walk in French Fort Cove. We heard him sing and then were able to locate him. It helps to be with someone who knows the songs of these birds!
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Posted by: PMGDD | June 6, 2021

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(Taken from a distance – a lot more than 2 meters!)

Hi All,

This is just a reminder that Nature NB has organized a decentralized Festival of Nature for this coming weekend. More details here: https://www.naturenb.ca/festival-of-nature/

Nature Miramichi is hosting two events on Saturday morning.

  1. French Fort Cove Birding – 7:30 – 9:30 – Meet at the Cove Road main parking lot opposite the Miramichi Curling Club. Phone me 625-2509 if information is needed that morning.
  2. Explore the Dolan Woodlot Nature Preserve – 10:00 – 12:00 – Meet at the Miramichi Closs Country Ski Club, 31 Nelson St (Hwy 126) Phone me 625-2509 if information is needed that morning.

There is no pre-registration required at this point in time. Hope to see you there. Pandemic Guidelines will be observed.

In addition Nature NB is encouraging a province-wide Bioblitz … see details below. If you need further information on this feel free to get in touch.
You do not need to participate in any of the Festival of Nature events to participate in this.

INaturalist information Here: A Community for Naturalists · iNaturalist.ca

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think might be interested. Everyone is welcome.

Peter Gadd
President
Nature Miramichi

From: Adam Cheeseman <adam.cheeseman@naturenb.ca>
Sent: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 9:30 AM
To: Becca Sharp <rebecca.sharp@naturenb.ca>
Subject: Festival of Nature 2021 – Province-wide iNaturalist Bioblitz!

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Hi everyone,

As part of our decentralized Festival of Nature this year, Nature NB would like to invite everyone across the province to participate in this year’s Festival of Nature – Bioblitz! hosted on iNaturalist. Submit your nature observations on iNaturalist from June 4-6 from anywhere in the province to help us collect as many nature observations as possible! This year’s Festival of Nature offers a variety of small in-person, independent, and unique ways to connect with nature while still following all public health guidance. Check out our website for more information at https://www.naturenb.ca/festival-of-nature/

Can we get to 1000 observations across the province over the weekend? Get outside and document any and all species in your area whether it be in your backyard, a local park, or while walking the dog and help us achieve this goal.

To learn more and get involved:

1. Visit our iNaturalist Project page to learn more about the challenge: Festival of Nature – Bioblitz

2. Make an account on iNaturalist (www.inaturalist.ca) and join the Festival of Nature project linked above

3. Follow ‘Nature NB’ on Facebook and Instagram for updates, as well as tips and tricks for using iNaturalist

4. Get in touch with our team at info with any questions about the challenge

5. Use your smart phone or your camera get outside from June 4-6 and upload observations via the app or your computer!

Please feel free to circulate this message far and wide!

Adam

Bonjour à tous,

Dans le cadre de notre Festival de la nature décentralisé cette année, Nature NB aimerait inviter tout le monde dans la province auBioblitz du Festival de la nature! Tout ce passe sur iNaturalist. Soumettez vos observations de la nature sur iNaturalist du 4 au 6 juin e n’importe où dans la province afin que nous puissions recueillir le plus grand nombre possible d’observations de la nature! Le Festival de la nature 2021 offre une variété de petites activités en personne, indépendantes et uniques pour se connecter avec la nature tout en respectant les directives de santé publique. Pour plus d’informations, consultez notre site web à l’addresse http://www.naturenb.ca/festival-de-la-nature/

Pouvons-nous atteindre 1 000 observations dans la province au cours du week-end? Sortez et documentez toutes les espèces de votre région, que se soit dans votre jardin, dans un parc local ou en promenant votre chien et aidez-nous à atteindre cet objectif.

Pour en savoir plus et participer :

1. Visitez notre page sur le projet iNaturalist pour en savoir plus sur le défi : Festival de la nature – Bioblitz

2. Créez un compte sur iNaturalist (www.inaturalist.ca) et rejoignez le projet Festival de la Nature dont le lien figure ci-dessus.

3. Suivez "Nature NB" sur Facebook et Instagram pour obtenir des mises à jour, ainsi que des conseils et des astuces pour utiliser iNaturalist.

4. Contactez notre équipe à l’address info / 506-459-4209 pour toute question concernant le défi.

5. Utilisez votre téléphone intelligent ou votre caméra pour aller dehors du 4 au 6 juin et téléchargez vos observations via l’application ou votre ordinateur!

N’hésitez pas à faire circuler ce message à grande échelle!

Adam

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Hi All,

We had a good visit to Hay Island on Saturday. The 9 of us were there for about 4 hours. We did not see many shorebirds which can be expected in the spring as they tend to want to get to their breeding grounds quickly. Unfortunately we did not see one shorebird known to breed on Hay Island but has been reported previously, the Willet. We did see two Least Sandpipers and single Semipalmated Plovers have been reported there. We did locate the rare Eurasian duck , a Garganey, that has been there now for a complete month. It is in the company of male Green-winged Teals. As it is in the Teal family and has been known to mate with Green-winged Teals, perhaps that is the situation. Perhaps shortly we will see hybrid Garganey/GwT ducklings?

Attached are two photos Nelson Cloud took that day of us. Thanks Nelson.

Between us the group reported 37 bird species. One of the important features of Hay Island, regarding birds, is that there is a wide variety of habitats so many bird species are attracted to it and its coastal location makes it important for migrating birds.

Peter

Posted by: PMGDD | May 26, 2021

American Bittern

Nice Photo Dee, This guy looks full of character! Peter

From: Dee Goforth <dgoforth48@gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 9:00 AM
Subject: American Bittern

It was spotted off the Semiwagan Road yesterday afternoon. I wasn’t able to get a clear shot of the juvenile nearby.

Dee

Posted by: PMGDD | May 26, 2021

Nature Miramichi – Annual Hay Island Visit

Nature Miramichi is having its annual spring visit to Hay Island (Ile aux Foins) in Neguac this coming Saturday May 29th. We will meet at the parking area on the right side of the road just before the bridge to the island proper at 9:00 a.m. Hay Island is about 30 minutes north-east of Douglastown-Miramichi on Highway 11. (This is a bit of a late start for birding but this is a general visit and we have had lots of early starts lately!) Most of the trip is easy walking or driving but some people might like to walk along the beach to the northern tip of the island keeping an eye out for shorebirds.

It will likely be worthwhile to venture along short trails in the woods to check out warblers, but be certain to have insect repellant with you.

About one kilometer inside the village limits you will see a sign Ile aux Foins on the right, turn down rue Joseph.

Everyone is welcome, not just club members. Bring a snack or a lunch.

The Eurasian duck, a Garganey, a rare bird for North America, was last reported present on May 16th so is not likely to still be there.

Deana

Field Trip Coordinator
Nature Miramichi

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