Posted by: PMGDD | December 5, 2016

Dec 6the MNC Pot Luck Supper

A reminder of the December meeting for the MNC is Tuesday Dec. 6th starting at 6:00 p.m. This meeting includes our Christmas Pot-luck supper. All are welcome. Bring your own utensils and plates and something to share.

Our guest speaker is Pam Watters, co-ordinator for the Miramichi Christmas Bird Count (which will be held Dec. 18th this year). Pam will be talking about trends in data since the count originated in 1972.

Talking about birds, the annual Winter Bird List is being compiled by Dave McLeod. This count runs from Dec. 1 until Feb. 28th. Please forward sightings to mcleodda . Shortly, “to-date sightings” will be listed here.

Posted by: PMGDD | October 31, 2016

MNC Nov. 8 Meeting – Early Reminder

Hi All,

An early reminder about our next meeting, Tuesday Nov. 8th. We are having a speaker coming from Truro, Nova Scotia, below is the text of a press release I am distributing to local media. I am hoping that we will have a strong turn-out at this meeting as Helene is travelling a long way to speak to us and her topic is one of great concern for wildlife. Please encourage anyone you know who might be interested to attend. The public will be very welcome. Peter

Attached is a brochure about the issue.

MNC Press Release October 31, 2016:

“Non-Lead Hunting and Fishing

Helen van Doninck of the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Truro NS, will be the guest speaker at the November 8th meeting of the Miramichi Naturalists’ Club. She will be speaking of the unintentional but serious poisoning threat to wildlife that results from hunting and fishing with lead based equipment.

In addition to her presentation at the meeting she will be offering to exchange lead fishing tackle for tackle made from other non-poisonous metals. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

The Miramichi Naturalists’ Club meets at the Nelson Friendly Sr. Citizens Centre, 27 Sutton Rd. at 6:30.

For more information please contact MNC President Peter Gadd at 622-1313.

For more information on this topic and about the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre visit .”


Posted by: PMGDD | August 31, 2016

Miramichi Naturalists Club – It Will Be Sept. Soon!

(contact for details regarding 5 items listed below)

Hi All,

Time to start thinking about September … it will be here before we know it! J (tomorrow)

Our first meeting is TUESDAY September 13th. Our speaker is Ken Walker, topic, Escuminac Point (6:30, Sr. Citizens’ Centre, Nelson)

It will be a good time too for all of us to share our summer stories so come prepared … My favourite … to get it out of the way:

Deana and I and other passengers received a repeated enthusiastic tail wave from a whale (Humpback I think) as we left Grand Manan Island last week.

(I hope it wasn’t trying to free itself from fishing gear.) (Had the wrong lens with me L)

Above are a 5 emails attached. Some I have distributed earlier.

1. Costa Rica Birding Tour

2. Miramichi Marsh trail maintenance – a concern that our club should be interested in having resolved

3. Ducks Unlimited Presentation at the Rodd Hotel Sept. 7th … might be an opportunity too to get some insight into #2 above

4. NEW – Maritime Butterfly Pocket Guides from a very avid butterfly enthusiast Rick Cavasin – available

5. NEW – NCC is holding a beach clean-up and meet and greet at Escuminac Pt. Sept 10th … see email for details.

Shawn McCarthy is arranging for a mushroom workshop to be held in the near future with regards to Beaubears Island. Stay tuned.

Ken Walker has identified an area of Miramichi Marsh that needs cleaning up … we can discuss a date at our meeting.

I would like to thank Anne Assaff once more for the opportunity she provided our club for the Barnaby excursion a few weeks ago. Proved to be very interesting.


Posted by: PMGDD | August 10, 2016

Upcoming Nature NB events – very soon

Two up-coming events supported/organized by Nature NB. The Kouchibouguac event is this Friday. “another event” is at Mount Carleton next week. Both look to be very interesting.


July 24th – The New Brunswick Botany Club is holding a walk on this date in the Covedell Rd. area near Tabusintac. Dave McLeod and Jim Saunders are leading the walk and MNC members will be welcome. We are likely to convene at Tim Hortons in Neguac at 10:00 am (this is when botanists start their day I think). Details will be confirmed.

August 12 – Friday … evening …. We can explore the Barnaby area, led by Anne Assaff, as well find out about her 2 trail cameras and also consider the night sky.

The alternative would be the following Saturday evening if the Friday weather isn’t cooperative. The sun is setting at 8:37 if my chart reading skills are up to snuff! I propose we meet at Beaubears’ Co-Op for 6:30. Details will be confirmed.

Sept. 10th – The Nature Conservancy of Canada is holding a beach clean-up this day at Escuminac Point for ½ the day. We will fill out the day with Sonya Hinds showing us around and letting us know about the stewardship responsibility she has taken on for the parcels of land that the Nature Conservancy has acquired. Details will be confirmed.

Our first fall meeting will be on TUESADY Sept. 13. Ken Walker will be giving a presentation on the formation and make-up of Escuminac Pt., with particular reference to the peat bogs.

November 8th TUESDAY – Helene Van Doninck of the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, NS

Peter Gadd
(506) 625-2509

Posted by: PMGDD | June 22, 2016

MNC June 21st Meeting – Follow-up

Hi All,

Here is a follow up from our meeting last night.

The results of the Scavenger Hunt
1st Mathieu Carroll – 32 Points
2nd Sonya Hinds -31 Points
3rd Pam Watters – 30 Points

Mathieu gained his advantage with his 5 point bonus for identifying the Flycatcher as the Least Flycatcher. Well done Matthieu and well done everyone else.

Minutes – MNC 20160510.doc
MNC Scavenger List MM June 21, 2016.docx
MNC Meeting June 21 Agenda.docx

Posted by: PMGDD | April 19, 2016

Returning Migrant Birds 2016

Here is the latest 2016 list of migrating birds returning to or passing through Northumberland County as of April 19th.

Returning Migrant Birds – 2016 (April 19).pdf

Posted by: PMGDD | April 12, 2016

Short-tailed Shrew at Miramichi Marsh

From: David McLeod []
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 4:00 PM
Subject: Short-tailed Shrew at Miramichi Marsh

The Short-tailed Shrew was the 20th mammal species recorded for the Miramichi Marsh checklist. See attached updated list.



From: Jim & Fran Saunders []
Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 9:09 AM
Subject: Islands at the Mouth of the Barnaby River.pdf – Adobe Reader

Islands at the Mouth of the Barnaby River.pdf

From: David McLeod []
Sent: Monday, March 28, 2016 4:30 AM
Subject: Jan. 2, 2016 New Jersey / Neguac Christmas Bird and Mammal Count results

Please find attached the January 2, 2016, New Jersey / Neguac Christmas bird and mammal counts.

Thanks for all the help received. We look forward to another successful count next January.


2015_16 New Jersey_Neguac CBC on Jan 2, compilation finalized Mar. 28, 2016.doc

2015_16 New Jersey_Neguac Christmas Mammal Count on Jan 2, 2016, compilation finalized Mar 28, 2016.doc

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