Posted by: PMGDD | June 18, 2017

Nature Miramichi – Evening Walk

Deana has suggested that on Wednesday evening this week, June 21st, first day of summer, that those interested should meet for a walk at French Fort Cove in the evening. The weather at the moment, is forecast to be good.

The idea is to do some birding and ‘botanizing” as we make our way up a gentle slope that leads to the Creaghan Gulch Trail – not the trail itself. The trail is dry but a little rough in places with rocks and roots but overall not bad underfoot. It is a gentle incline.

At the moment the Lady Slippers are in their prime. There are other wildflowers too and a number of other plants of interest.

We plan to meet at the western end of French Fort Road (see map attached) for 6:30. Any time is good as I expect we will progress slowly as we take the trail that goes to the right, opposite a bench, once in the park.

We can keep an eye out for butterflies as well … in 2015 I did report a Baltimore Checkerspot near where we are walking on June 26th. It is a very striking medium sized butterfly.

Should we need to cancel due to rain/thunder I will send out an email to let you know.


Posted by: PMGDD | May 23, 2017

20170523 Scarlet Tanager, Miramichi Marsh-32Scarlet Tanager – Sighted at Miramichi Marsh May 23, 2017

Posted by: PMGDD | May 11, 2017

Miramichi Marsh poster

Posted by: PMGDD | March 16, 2017

Nature Miramichi – Events


June 13 – Miramichi Marsh 6:30 – Meet at the north end of Ironman Rd.

September 12th Meeting –  Laurel Bernard – Nature Conservancy of Canada – Stewardship Director, Atlantic Canada

September 23 – Bioblitz, Kingston Family Nature Preserve

Everyone Welcome

For more information contact


Posted by: PMGDD | March 6, 2017

Final Winter Bird List for Northumberland County

From: David McLeod []
Sent: March 4, 2017 3:03 PM
Subject: Final Winter Bird List for Northumberland County

Hi Everyone:

Please find attached the final version of the Winter Bird List for Northumberland County.

We ended up with a very respectable total of 65 species, just 6 short of last year’s record of 71. This is the first year that not a single warbler species was reported!

Thanks to all who contributed their sightings and photos.

Can’t wait to start again Dec. 1, 2017!


2016_17 Winter Bird List for Northumberland Co., final, Mar 4, 2017.docx

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

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