Posted by: PMGDD | April 20, 2022

Nature Miramichi – Miramichi Wild Flowers (1887)

From: Mathieu Carroll <>
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2022 8:13 PM
Subject: Miramichi Wild Flowers (1887)

Nature Miramichi,

It might also interest you to know that a scan of "Miramichi Wild Flowers" is available online. Published in 1887, it seems to be also available in print on Amazon.

Dave McLeod references this work in his botanical surveys of French Fort Cove and Beaubear’s Island.

Mathieu Carroll

From: Mathieu Carroll <>
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2022 6:48 PM
Subject: Natural History Association of Miramichi

Nature Miramichi,

There existed a Natural History Association of Miramichi! Between 1899 and 1913, the group published seven « proceedings » that contain a range of nature reports written by members as well as the business agenda. See : I barely read into it yet.

I don’t know when the Natural History Association of Miramichi ended or why publications like these fell out of favour. Based on the list of members, people back then may have been more interested in nature.

Mathieu Carroll

Posted by: PMGDD | March 15, 2022



Posted by: PMGDD | March 14, 2022

Can Spring Be Far Behind?

We just had a visit from a Red-winged Blackbird!

Are there any other such local sightings I wonder.


Posted by: PMGDD | February 23, 2022


Hi Everyone,

Please find attached the minutes from our January 4th meeting. There has been an amendment since the minutes I distributed shortly after the meeting. The amendments are in the Christmas Bird Count paragraph. Please have a look at the minutes and be prepared to adopt them if they are satisfactory.

Our speaker for this Tuesday’s meeting is:

Lee Kouwenberg, Birds Canada – Presentation on Bicknell’s Thrush and the High Elevation Landbird Program.

Find out more about Birds Canada and the Bicknell’s Thrush – Unravelling the mystery of the Bicknell’s Thrush in New Brunswick’s mountain forests | Birds Canada | Oiseaux Canada

Thanks Pam for making this arrangement.

This meeting will be held over ZOOM once more. I will send out the link on Monday along with the meeting agenda. Zoom is not a difficult program to use so I hope as many people can “attend” on Tuesday as possible. If you have any questions regarding Zoom, let me know please.

Nature Miramichi January 4 minutes (003).pdf

Posted by: PMGDD | January 26, 2022

Flying Squirrels at MCCSC

Deana just came back from a ski at the MCCSC. At the bird feeder near the trail head she found a Northern Flying Squirrel (photo) . As she was watching a second sailed in!

One was also reported by an evening skier on the lighted trail two weeks ago.

Many years ago Julia Connell saw one in similar circumstances at the club!

What a treat … night skiing in this cold weather has its bonuses!


Posted by: PMGDD | January 15, 2022

Results – Miramichi Christmas Bird Count

From: Pam Watters <>
Sent: Saturday, January 15, 2022 2:18 PM
Subject: Results – Miramichi Christmas Bird Count

Thank you for participating in the 50th Miramichi Christmas Bird Count (CBC)! Thanks to your participation we had a very successful count.

The results of the CBC can be found on the Nature Miramichi website at the link below – scroll down to the Christmas Bird Count section. Also available is a table of CBC results from 1972 to present. Our results have been sent to the NB provincial CBC coordinator as well as entered into the Audubon/Birds Canada database.

It was wonderful to have Ian Walker and Elayne Walker, Harry Walker’s son and daughter, participate in the count. Many of you will remember Harry Walker who was one of the original founders of the Miramichi CBC, and the compiler of the count until 2009. Ian participated in the first CBC in 1972 (and was also a compiler for several years) so it was great to have his expertise on the 50th count!

We observed 4,080 individuals of 36 species on count day – this is the highest number of birds that we have recorded in 50 years! This is partially due to the high numbers of Bohemian Waxwings and European Starlings. We recorded an amazing 1,239 Bohemian Waxwings (the highest number we have recorded) and 867 European Starlings. There was a large flock of 700 Bohemian Waxwings observed in the Newcastle area which must have been spectacular to see. There seems to be lots of Mountain Ash berries around this year to keep them well fed. Perhaps this is also part of the reason that 70 American Robins were observed on count day.

We had a nice variety of species as 36 species were observed on count day. Our average number of species seen on count day over the years is 30 species, so it was nice to be above average! We also recorded 3 extra species during count week (December 16-22), and 5 extra species during count period (December 14-January 5). This brings the total for the count period to 44 species – amazing to know that there are so many species of birds spending the winter here!

Since there were a lot of open areas in the river, several species of waterfowl were observed including Canada Geese, Common Merganser and Common Goldeneye. We located a pair of Lesser Scaup in the Newcastle water treatment lagoons – the first time we have recorded this species on our CBC. There were also large numbers of Mallards and American Black Ducks observed on count day.

There were many species of finch around this year with American Goldfinch the most numerous on the CBC. It’s very special to see so many White-winged Crossbills around this year as well.

Notable birds for the count include the Lesser Scaup mentioned above, a Song Sparrow visiting feeders in Newcastle, and a Peregrine Falcon observed during the count period near the Morrissey Bridge (first time we have observed one during the count period). In addition to the Peregrine, raptors were well represented with 2 Sharp-shinned Hawks and 10 Bald Eagles on count day, a Northern Goshawk during count week, and a Cooper’s Hawk during the count period.

Thank you again for participating, and enjoy the winter birds!

Pam Watters

Posted by: PMGDD | December 3, 2021

2021-22 Northumberland County Winter Bird List

From: David McLeod <>
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 10:07 PM
Subject: 2021-22 Northumberland County Winter Bird List

Hi Everyone:

It’s that time again! With Covid-19 continuing to be a problem this year, we can at least Jimstill do some birding! So starting tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 1, our winter bird list for Northumberland County begins for the 2021-22 season, and continues for the next three months, ending on Feb. 28.

Sightings are welcome from feeder watchers or from those in the field anywhere in Northumberland County with or without photos (always desirable for confirmation of the rarer species or those that are difficult to identify). Please email me at mcleodda

The first few days of December are always great for getting any remaining late migrants that otherwise would have gone south for the winter by now and so be missed. There’s also lots of open water in the Miramichi River and Bay, so hopefully we can find some waterfowl and gulls still hanging around before freeze-up. Within the past week Aldo photographed a Great Blue Heron, Long-tailed Ducks and Bohemian Waxwings at Hay Island, as well as the Cattle Egret which had returned to the Covedell Road on Nov. 25. In the last few days Peter and Deana have reported a Snowy Owl at Hilltop Road and an Eastern Towhee at a feeder in Quarryville, so perhaps these birds will still be around tomorrow. Last year (2020-21) we had 75 species, just shy of the record 78 species for 2017-18 when we had the Mistle Thrush at Peter and Deana’s place. If we can get an early start, perhaps we can equal or better last year’s total!



P.S. Also, a reminder that our three Christmas Bird Counts have been scheduled, weather permitting, for the following dates:

Saturday, Dec. 18 – Red Bank / Sunny Corner: compiler – myself mcleodda

Sunday, Dec. 19 – Miramichi; compiler – Pam Watters watterspj3

Sunday, Jan. 2 – New Jersey / Neguac: compiler – myself mcleodda

The count period runs from December 14 through January 5, so count days have to be chosen any time within the period.

Because of Covid-19, we will continue with the same methodology used last year, where field participants will be assigned specific routes by email and there won’t be any gatherings at the usual locations at the start. Those people with feeders in any of the three count circles listed above are encouraged to send a list of all bird species and the maximum numbers of each seen at any one time on the appropriate day to the compiler listed above.

From: Teagan Yaremchuk <>
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2021 12:23 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: re: Sign On to ask Justin Trudeau to make Nature a Priority – THANK YOU

Hi there,

Last week we asked you to sign on to a national letter calling on the Prime Minister to halt and reverse nature loss by 2030, and thank you for adding your name to this important letter! In fact, over 200 organizations signed on! 200 organizations from across the country is huge, and we are so grateful to the community for coming together to let Parliament know we need action now. Check out the letter in English and French. We still can’t get over the long list of signatories across multiple pages.

This is a big moment, so we’ve prepared some social media assets to help spread the word. The official press releases can be found in both English and French on our website and can be shared with your supporters as well. We ask you to join us in amplifying this letter so Canadians across the country can hear that the federal government needs to deliver on election promises.

Please feel free to reach out should you have any questions or would like more support! Thank you for all that you do.

Yours for nature,


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