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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Teagan Yaremchuk (she/her)

Nature Network Organizer
Nature-based Climate Solutions

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Posted by: PMGDD | November 4, 2021

Cattle Egret in Tabusintac reported by Aldo Dorio

Some of us travelled today to Covedell Rd., Tabusintac, following Aldo Dorio’s tip below. We were able to easily spot Cattle Egret amongst 8 or so cows in a field just after turning off hwy 11. It was feeding on the ground. Brilliantly white and not in breeding plumage. This apparently is not the first sighting of this species in the county as eBird has a report from 1979 entered as a historical record by Mitch Doucet. There were apparently 5 in the Newcastle area (Birds of NB, an annotated list 2004 was Mitch’s source). There are currently 3 other’s reported presently in NB I gather.

Further down the road we were fortunate to also see an American Coot, (waterfowl) not a stranger to these parts necessarily, but a species not often seen.


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Sent: Wednesday, November 3, 2021 5:57 PM
Subject: Fw: DSCN3656.JPG

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Posted by: PMGDD | October 9, 2021

Greater White-fronted Goose

“One of these Geese is not like the others!” …. Thanks Kiirsti, good spotting.

This goose is normally west of Ontario, breeding west of Hudson Bay and a rare sighting in NB.

Greater White-fronted Goose Range Map, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology


From: Kiirsti Owen <>
Sent: Saturday, October 9, 2021 10:34 PM
Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose

Hi Peter,

Today, Colin and I spotted a Greater White-fronted Goose at Middle Island (just in the water off the eastern tip of the island, seen from the causeway).

Attached a photo, not a fantastic shot, but definitely good enough for a ID!

Hope some others might get a chance to see it. Thought I’d share with you. No Garganey mind you, but still a fun sighting 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!


Posted by: PMGDD | October 7, 2021

Nature Miramichi – Notes and Sightings

Hi All,

I sent an email last week, reminding all of our meeting scheduled (but cancelled) for Tuesday past. There was a fair amount of information along with it. I have a little more to add below.

A few items:

  1. Nature Trust NB is planning on a visit to the Kingston Family Nature Preserve to continue marking the property boundaries. A few of our club members were involved with the initial effort and the organizer, Shaylyn Wallace, is hoping that a few of us can join them this time around to help out. (We have committed as a club, to be stewards of this property and have done our annual 2021 visit back in July. Their visit is planned for Tuesday November 16th. (WEAR ORANGE)!
  1. Note from Sonya who, along with Holly, is a member of Nature NB’s board of directors.:

Nature NB 50th anniversary is in 2022. Nature NB is asking clubs to submit photos of their club or Nature NB activities such as during the Festival of Nature. (They can digitize older photos and return them to you.) So, I would recommend that members mail older photos to Nature NB, and email the digitized ones. I am assuming that they will be used for FON in June, but there may be other uses throughout the year.

Nature NB

61 rue Carleton St, Suite 3
Fredericton NB
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Email – info

  1. The October BIG DAY (BIRDS) – World Wide – this Saturday October 9, more information: October Big Day—9 Oct 2021 – eBird
  1. Let us keep in touch by sharing NATURE RELATED emails, such things as interesting sightings, news articles etc. Items that interest you and you think others would like to be aware of. Send them to me and I will pass them on. If we can’t meet face to face, we can at least continue to share nature experiences in the Miramichi area and beyond!


Here are 2 I would like to share.

Deana and I had a few days last weekend visiting the town of Gaspé and surrounding areas. This is Deana’s family homestead area and we try to visit annually.

On the way we stopped at Saint Simeone de Bonaventure, perhaps one third of the way along the south coast. There is a spit of land that curls back into the coast. A great spot usually for shorebirds. In the past among others, we have been fortunate enough to spot a Hudsonian Godwit and on another occasion a few Golden Plovers. Well not on this visit. As we walked along a falcon flew over us and then back and landed on a large piece of driftwood tree trunk. Excitedly I started taking photos of its back, creeping up closer to get better shots of course … closer and closer and then right up to it and facing it, not ten feet away! It was a Peregrine and completely unconcerned about the two of us. Another Peregrine then landed nearby and seemed to be dining on some pray! It was the smaller of the two so presumably male and our chummy bird would have been a female. When the male eventually left our “buddy” followed. No shorebirds in the immediate area!!!

This afternoon I was working on our patio and left the door ajar. One of our resident Chipmunks decided to come inside and check out our accommodations!

Yikes …. Running through the house I closed all the doors I could, apart from outside doors, but luckily I was able to trap it in a small down stairs bathroom. I fetched my butterfly net and for 10 minutes, very comically I think, floundered around this 6 by 7 foot bathroom brandishing my long handle net trying to trap this poor panicking rodent. Not easy …. Eventually successful and was able to release it outside, hoping that the stress which it was under was not too much for it.

Check out the recent edition of Giver Magazine — I understand our club’s submissions are presented well … I haven’t seen them yet.

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and hoping NB can put the present surge of Covid 19 behind us as soon as possible.

Nature Miramichi

Posted by: PMGDD | October 6, 2021

Rain marks on flowers

From: Dee Goforth <>
Sent: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 8:41 AM
Subject: Re: FW: Rain marks on flowers


I love a good mystery too!

The rain marks on the morning glory petals are definitely intriguing – and beautiful. An old 1913 paper reported that acid rain droplets left brown spots on the petals, so it seems morning glories may have a greater sensitivity. The attached document from the New York Times discusses the effect of normal fluctuations in pH levels on the colour of their petals.

From: Jim Saunders <jimsaunders809>
Sent: Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:28 AM
Subject: Re: FW: FW: FW: Rain marks on flowers

Looking at Jessica’s photos, I also see water droplets near the edge of a leaf in50444801. I found the following in “Guttation – how plants deal with too much water” –

“Guttation occurs when a plant oozes water and minerals out from perfectly healthy leaves, stems, and sometimes even flower petals.”


From: Jessica Bowie <jbfitjessica>
Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2021 2:32 PM
Subject: Re: FW: FW: Rain marks on flowers

I see what you mean! I wonder if both could be happening. In picture 50398209 if you zoom in you can see that the pink marks are larger than the remaining droplets indicating possible pigmentation change.

I love a good mystery!


Good point Jessica. I wonder when the flower dried out if the original colour returned?



Morning Glories.docx

Posted by: PMGDD | September 29, 2021

Nature Miramichi – Mourning Cloak

From: Jim Saunders <>
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 12:23 AM
Subject: Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak in Redmondville.pdf

Posted by: PMGDD | September 20, 2021

Greenlaw Mountain Hawk Watch has a record day!

From: Phil Riebel <>
Sent: Monday, September 20, 2021 4:04 PM
Subject: Greenlaw Mountain Hawk Watch has a record day!

SmugMug Greenlaw Mountain Hawk Watch has a record day!
On September 14, I had the opportunity to participate in an amazing Hawk Watch on Greenlaw Mountain in Saint-Andrews, NB.

Pam and I joined Todd Watts at the top of the mountain and helped him locate migrating hawks. The weather was great and the winds were very favorable for migrating hawks. So favorable, in fact, that it was the highest hawk count in the 13 years that Todd has been doing this survey – 5,032 birds. Wow! The majority were Broad-winged hawks – 4,930 of them.

What really amazed me was the large numbers of birds and their migrating behaviour. They were forming kettles and towers containing sometimes over 100 birds. Their ability to use the thermal air currents and then stream across the sky with no effort (no wing beats) is really fascinating.

Here are the numbers recorded based on Todd’s report:

Osprey 10
Bald Eagle 18
Northern Harrier 4 (2 unknown, 1 female, 1 male still holding numerous juvenile feathers (presumably a second year bird and probably the most interesting Fall harrier I have ever seen)
Sharp-shinned Hawk 47
Northern Goshawk 1 (immature)
Broad-winged Hawk 4930 (single day record high count)
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Kestrel 20
Merlin 1
Total 5032 (single day record high count)

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Posted by: PMGDD | September 10, 2021

Luna Moth

From: Jim Saunders <>
Sent: Thursday, September 9, 2021 8:49 PM
Subject: Luna Moth

"The luna moth’s twisted tail is designed to interfere with echolocation by hunting bats. Experiments in wind tunnels have shown that lunas with tails are less likely to be caught by bats than lunas whose tails have been removed."


Posted by: PMGDD | August 30, 2021

Nature Miramichi – Early Notice of Meeting

From: <>
Sent: Sunday, August 29, 2021 7:05 PM
To: Peter and Deana Gadd <>
Subject: Nature Miramichi – Early Notice of Meeting

Hi All,

This is an early reminder of our first Nature Miramichi meeting coming up on September 7th, 6:30 pm at the Sr. Citizens’ Center, 26 Sutton Rd. Nelson

Our speaker will be Nancy Mullin of Lower Derby presenting on Moths.

Here is a description of her presentation:

“We know how beautiful butterflies are because we see them during the daylight hours

Moths are just as beautiful, but fly at night, so we don’t see them. They actually have incredible colors and patterns.

Most people think they are a dull grey or brown.

I’ll be covering simple ways to attract them, so people can observe their amazing diversity.

-How to photograph Moths…at night and in daylight

– Resources available to help with Identification.

– Groups to join

– Slide show of some of my favourites …I have photographed and IDed over 600 species.”

The Nature Miramichi executive (Mathieu Carroll – VP, David Goforth – Treasurer , Sonya Hinds – Secretary and me Pres.) hope to meet

In the next few days to discuss the coming year so I will have more to add in another email towards the end of the week.



Nature Miramichi

Posted by: PMGDD | August 17, 2021

Nature Miramichi – Spider Identification Request

From: David McLeod <>
Sent: Monday, July 26, 2021 5:29 AM
To: Peter and Deana Gadd <>; Jessica Bowie <>
Subject: Re: Nature Miramichi – Spider Identification Request

Hi Peter,

Speaking of wind-blown spiders, I sure blew this one! I led Jessica down the proverbial garden path by focussing on species of wolf spiders. It had me stumped, but Jessica was able to get a good identification to the species level using a Seek app. As it turns out, it’s a Six-spotted Orbweaver (Araniella displicata) in an entirely different group, the Orbweaver Family (Araneidae).

I made the erroneous assumption that the photo showed the underside of the spider. After looking up the Six-spotted Orbweaver in “Common Spiders of North America” (Bradley, 2013), I realized that it was indeed the upper side view showing two of the six dark spots on the all-white abdomen. They attach their orbicular small web and their egg sac to a leaf near the ground of tall grasses. The globular ball of silk under the spider may be a web rather than an egg sac, because it usually rests in the centre of the web. Although it is active in spring, it doesn’t make its egg sac of more golden coloured silk until summer, so June 17 may be too early, and this silk looks rather whitish. Jessica also said that she had parked her car next to a field, and that is this spider’s preferred habitat. So it must have blown from there and stuck onto the car because of the sticky web silk and the dewy surface.

Hope this straightens things out,


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