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Field Trip
Saturday, November 10th, 2012
(rain date November 18)
Deer Island
Leader: Jim Wilson
Time: 8:00 am
Meet at the (old) Museum Parking lot on Douglas Ave at 8:00 am

Meet at the NB Museum on Douglas Avenue at 8 AM, where we’ll condense vehicles and drive to St. George and Letete, where we’ll catch the ferry to Deer Island. It departs each half hour. We’ll look for land birds on the trip down and seabirds on the ferry ride that takes us past several nearby islands. Bald Eagles and a good variety of water birds are common as well as masses of gulls that assemble to feed when the tide is right. Rarities such as Little Gull and King Eider are possible as well as something even less expected. We’ll catch the return ferry at mid-afternoon and should be back in the city by around 4:30 PM.

Bring warm clothing in layers and rainwear if the forecast dictates. Also pack a lunch, beverage, binoculars and field guide(s). Washroom facilities are available on the ferry crossings, but no food.

Meeting
Monday, October 15th, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Speaker: Livia Goodbrand
We Are In Moose Country!

Where: New Brunswick Museum

The Fundy Biosphere Reserve joins us for an evening presentation on the status of moose in Southern New Brunswick.

Biologist Livia Goodbrand will share stories from our region, and will discuss new research and current thoughts on what's going on with our moose population.

Field Trip
Saturday, October 13th, 2012
(rain date October 14)
Birding Day Trip to Grand Manan
Leader: Jim Wilson
Time: 8:00 am
Meet at the (old) Museum Parking lot on Douglas Ave at 8:00 am

Click here for a report of this trip

Meet at the NB Museum on Douglas Avenue at 8 AM, then drive directly to the terminal at Black's Harbour to catch the 9:30 ferry to Grand Manan (ferry cost is approximately $10). We'll leave our vehicles at the terminal, walk onto the ferry, bird on foot around the Village of North Head and then catch the return ferry at 3:30 PM. We should be back in Black's Harbour by 5 PM and in Saint John before 6:30. October is a great month for vagrants and one never knows what we might find. Bring a lunch and warm (preferably layered) clothing.

Field Trip
Sunday, September 16th, 2012
Greenlaw Mountain Hawk Watch
Leader: Todd Watts
Time: 7:45 am
Meet at the (old) Museum Parking lot on Douglas Ave at 7:45 am

Last year was another stellar season for raptor migration past the GMHW site in Charlotte County. At this time of year not only will there be a great chance to see a good number and variety of raptors, you will also enjoy the walk up the mountain through mixed habitats and, of course, the spectacular view of the St. Croix River, southwestern NB and eastern Maine.

Please respond to fieldtrips@saintjohnnaturalistsclub.org with your name and phone number to let us know if you are planning to attend. A final decision will be made on Friday as to whether the trip will go and we will contact those who registered with us in the event the trip is cancelled.

Meet at the old NB Museum on Douglas avenue at 7:45, from where we will carpool and drive to the hawk watch (near St. Andrews). Bring a lunch, water, sturdy footwear and clothing suitable to a variety of conditions that may include rain or mist, wind, and sun (layers are recommended). Binoculars, field guides, and spotting scopes will enhance the experience; however, remember that all of the items must be carried in (and carried out).

Participants should be prepared for some exertion walking up the mountain from the parking area. It is best to start the trek with as few items of outerwear as possible then add layers once you have attained the watch area. The top of the mountain is open (hat and sunscreen suggested) with a great view of the St. Croix river. We expect to return to Saint John by mid to late afternoon.

Meeting
Monday, September 10th, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Speaker: Jim Goltz
Who Gives a Hoot?: A Look at Owls of New Brunswick

Where: New Brunswick Museum

Finding an owl is an exhilarating experience for most naturalists since these elusive birds of prey tend to be very secretive and poorly understood. Learn what owl species have been found in the province, when and where they have been found, how they are adapted to their ecological niche, how to identify them, and how to improve your chances of finding them.

Field Trip
Saturday, September 8th, 2012
Black Beach
Leader: Merv Cormier
Time: 8:30am
Meet at the (old) Museum Parking lot on Douglas Ave at 8:30 am

The Lorneville and Black Beach Road area continues to provide delightful experiences with a variety of regular as well as rare spring and fall migrants. Join Merv to explore an area that is often productive with migrating warblers, vireos, flycatchers and sparrows.

Meet at the old NB Museum on Douglas Ave at 8:30 am; we’ll consolidate vehicles and travel to the Black Beach area. Bring binoculars, field guides, and your camera, if you wish. Weather can be quite variable so dress in layers and bring rainwear. The road and surroundings can also be muddy after heavy rain or storms. Bring a lunch in the event that the birding is good and Merv elects to explore additional areas around Lorneville.
(Directions: Take Lorneville Exit 112 off Highway 2, drive to Coleson Cove – as you pass the Generating Station the road turns to gravel and becomes Black Beach Road.)

Workshop
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Hawk Identification Workshop
Leader: Todd Watts
Time: 9:00 am
Interpretation Centre in Rockwood Park

The Club will be conducting a hawk identification workshop at the Interpretation Center in Rockwood Park on Saturday morning, August 18. The workshop, which will be led by Todd Watts, the Official Counter at the club’s Greenlaw Mountain Hawk Watch in Charlotte County, will introduce participants to the raptors (hawks, falcons, ospreys, eagles and vultures) of eastern North America and will provide tips on identifying these magnificent birds from every angle. The workshop will appeal to anyone with an interest in birds and hawks in particular, and will be especially valuable for those planning to visit a hawk watch to help in identifying birds of prey as they pass by.

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Field Trip
Saturday, August 11, 2012
August Wildflowers and other Flora
Leader: TBD
Time: 8:30am
Meet at the (old) Museum Parking lot on Douglas Ave at 8:30 am

Meet at the parking lot of the NB Museum on Douglas Avenue at 8:30 a.m. From here we’ll travel to a spot where we can enjoy a walk and see a sampling of local flora. Outing may go to early afternoon (might want to bring lunch). Check back for more details.

Field Trip
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Butterflies, Moths and Dragonflies
Leader: Mike Bamford and Ella Donovan
Time: 8:30am
Meet at the (old) Museum Parking lot on Douglas Ave at 8:30 am

Meet at the old NB Museum (277 Douglas Ave) at 8:30 a.m. and proceed to a yet undetermined location. Bring a butterfly net, guide, hat, sunscreen, water, suitable footwear and lunch. This field trip will be led by Mike Bamford and Ella Donovan, who have led us on great field trips on these interesting insects in summers past.

Field Trip
Wednesday, July 4th
Stonehammer Global Geopart Tour
Leader: Joan Pearce
Estimated time: 6:45 - 9:00 pm
Meet at the entrance to Lily Lake at 6:45 pm.

We will visit five significant geosites by car beginning with the youngest rocks in the geopark and ending with the oldest. Park your car at the entrance to Lily Lake at 6:45. We will then car pool to the sites ending at Lily Lake by 9 o’clock. Bring binoculars for birding at two sites (just in case), a magnifying glass if you have one and bug spray for the short walk in Rockwood Park.

Meeting
Saturday, June 16th, 2012 at 8:30 am
SJNC Annual General Meeting

Where: Interpretation Centre - Rockwood Park

  • Field trips starting at 8:30 am
  • Lunch at 12:00 noon
  • Annual Meeting starts at 12:30 pm

The annual meeting of the club will be held in Rockwood Park on June 16th at the Interpretation Centre beside the Lily Lake duck pond. The morning will feature field trips that focus on the botany and general nature, including birds, of the park. New trails and interpretive features introduced by the Park’s Naturalists will be explored, and should serve as a reminder to everyone of what a beautiful gem we have here in this, the largest municipal park in the country.

Meet at the Interpretive Centre at 8:30 AM. From there we’ll sort out into one or two groups depending on how many participants we have, and commence our exploration and spend the rest of the morning in the field, returning to the Centre for lunch at noon.

Following lunch we'll have the Annual General Meeting, and should be finished before 2:00 PM.

Bring a lunch, binoculars, appropriate field guide(s) and dress appropriately for the weather. We'll plan to go rain or shine and the field trips will only be cancelled if there is a steady downpour. If we do encounter heavy rain, please plan to come for lunch and the meeting following.

Annual Festival of Nature
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June 1-3, 2012
Festival of Nature

Meeting
Monday, May 14th, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Speaker: Thierry Chopin
Seaweeds - Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA)

Where: New Brunswick Museum

Dr. Thierry Chopin is presently Professor of Marine Biology at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John, and the Scientific Director of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Canadian Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Network (CIMTAN). His presentation is titled: Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA): one of the solutions for the Turquoise Revolution (the greener Blue Revolution) in the Bay of Fundy, and will include discussion on the role of seaweeds in this undertaking.

Field Trip
Saturday, April 28th, 2012
Waterfowl and Other Spring Migrants
Leader: Paul Mansz
Estimated time: most of the day
Meet at intersection of Highway 7 and Highway 177 at 8:30 am.

On Saturday April 28th, the Saint John Naturalists' Club annual field trip to the Jemseg area will be held. Large numbers of waterfowl are expected, and we hope for a variety of other early Spring migrants. The trip will be led by Paul Mansz, with the ever-present expert advice of others in attendance. We always enjoy a surprise or two as we travel the river course.

Participants should meet at 8:30 AM at the intersection of Highway 7 and Highway 177, about a kilometre south of Eagle Rock, at Nerepis. Depending on water levels and reported species we will either (1) work our way up the river towards Gagetown with stops at Nerepis, Hibernia, and points in between, or (2) head straight up through Oromocto and over to Highway 105. We will then work our way from Maugerville on to Jemseg and then Lower Jemseg. Flood/freshet levels will determine our exact return route, depending on the Jemseg ferry service and if it is operating.

Please bring a lunch, and dress for a variety of weather conditions, as it can be quite variable over the course of the trip. And if you have them, bring your binoculars, spotting scopes, cameras and/or bird guides.

Meeting
Monday, April 16th, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Note the meeting is the 3rd Monday this month.
Speaker: Paula Noel
Nature Conservancy of Canada

Where: New Brunswick Museum

Paula Noel, Program Manager for New Brunswick with The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), will provide an introduction to some of the incredible places protected around our province by the NCC. The talk will focus on work in south-western New Brunswick and some of the land protection and other projects underway here. She will also speak to the relatively recent discovery of Van Brunt’s Jacob’s-ladder in nearby Charlotte County.

Field Trip
Saturday, April 14th, 2012
Spring Migrants around Saint John
Leader: Jim Wilson
Estimated time: 8:00am to 1:00pm
Meet at the (old) Museum Parking lot on Douglas Ave at 7:55 am

This will be an excursion to find as many spring arrivals around the Greater Saint John area as we can in four hours.

Meet at the parking lot of the (old) NB Museum on Douglas Avenue at 7:55 AM. We’ll condense vehicles and visit a number of birding hotspots in the area to see who’s back this spring. Bring binoculars, field guide(s), and a notebook and be prepared to see some “firsts” for the spring.

We’ll go rain or shine unless the conditions are absolutely terrible. An optional sign-up sheet will be available at the March and April club meetings so Jim can contact you in the event of a weather cancellation.

Meeting
Monday, March 12th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Speaker: John Klymko
Maritimes Butterfly Atlas

Where: New Brunswick Museum

John Klymko, Zoologist with the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre will provide an update on the Maritimes Butterfly Atlas. This project which started in 2010 is an opportunity for naturalists to contribute to the knowledge of butterfly species in our region.

Meeting
Monday, February 13th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Speaker: Becky Whittam
North American Breeding Bird Survey

Where: New Brunswick Museum

Becky Whittam of the Canadian Wildlife Service will discuss the North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) and its relevance to the Maritimes as a tool for monitoring bird populations. Initiated in 1966, the BBS is North America ’s longest running bird monitoring program. Becky’s talk will include stories and pictures from Maritime volunteers, a dedicated and hardy bunch whose work has contributed greatly to our knowledge of bird population change over the last half century.

Field Trip
Saturday, February 11th, 2012
Winter Feeder Tour
Meet at Paul's house (7 Bridle Path Lane, Rothesay) at 8:30 am

Everyone will meet at Paul's house at 8:30. The address, which is off Grove Avenue, is: 7 Bridle Path Lane, Rothesay, NB. From there, the group will move on to the next feeder of the tour. The tour should finish around 1:00pm.

Meeting
Monday, January 9th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Speaker: Amanda Bremner
Introduction to Mushrooms and Other Fungi

Where: New Brunswick Museum

Join Amanda Bremner, Curatorial Assistant Botany and Mycology from the New Brunswick Museum for a fascinating presentation on mushrooms and other fungi; including their collection and preservation for herbariums.

Field Trip
Various Dates
Christmas Bird Counts

Christmas Bird Counts

  • December 17th - Lepreau Area - Coordinator: Dave McCurdy
  • December 27th - Saint John Area - Coordinator: Richard Blaquiere
  • January 2nd - Hammond River Area - Coordinator: Jim Wilson

Meeting
Monday, December 12th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Member's Social Night

Where: New Brunswick Museum

This evening will be our annual Member’s Night and Holiday Social. Bring in something of interest to you, perhaps related to a hobby of yours, or a few pictures, to share with the rest of the membership. Please keep the number of pictures to 10-15 or so, and if you can, bring them in on a CD or on a USB memory stick, and we’ll make sure there is a computer available to play them. If you have items related to nature or Christmas, please bring them along for a silent auction fundraiser for our projects. Remember to bring along your money too!

Meeting
Monday, November 14th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Speaker: Jim Goltz
A Tick Talk

Where: New Brunswick Museum

Ticks and Lyme disease continue to generate considerable media interest and public concern, especially for naturalists and others who love the outdoors.

Veterinary pathologist and naturalist, Jim Goltz, will share with you information about what species of ticks occur in New Brunswick, when and where they occur, what threats they pose to human and animal health, how to identify them, what new information has been learned from tick research in the province and how climate change is likely to affect tick populations and increase health risks.

Field Trip
Saturday, November 5th, 2011
Deer Island
Leader: Jim Wilson Meet at the parking lot of the NB Museum on Douglas Avenue at 8:00 a.m.

Meet at the NB Museum on Douglas Avenue at 8 AM, where we’ll condense vehicles and drive to St. George and Letete, where we’ll catch the ferry to Deer Island. It departs each half hour. We’ll look for land birds on the trip down and seabirds on the ferry ride that takes us past several nearby islands. Bald Eagles and a good variety of water birds are common as well as masses of gulls that assemble to feed when the tide is right. Rarities such as Little Gull and King Eider are possible as well as something even less expected. We’ll catch the return ferry at mid-afternoon and should be back in the city by around 4:30 PM.

Bring warm clothing in layers and rainwear if the forecast dictates. Also pack a lunch, beverage, binoculars and field guide(s). Washroom facilities are available on the ferry crossings, but no food.

Field Trip
Saturday, October 29th, 2011
Waterfalls
Leader: David McCurdy Meet at the parking lot of the NB Museum on Douglas Avenue at 8:30 a.m.

Meet at the parking lot of the NB Museum on Douglas Avenue at 8:30 a.m. We will condense vehicles and visit several waterfalls between Saint John and St Stephen. Bring a lunch (and camera).

Note: this field trip has been changed from the originally scheduled date of Oct 15th.

Field Trip
Saturday, October 22nd, 2011
Birding Day Trip to Grand Manan
Leader: Jim Wilson Meet at the parking lot of the NB Museum on Douglas Avenue at 8:00 a.m.

Meet at the NB Museum on Douglas Avenue at 8 AM, then drive directly to the terminal at Black's Harbour to catch the 9:30 ferry to Grand Manan (ferry cost is approximately $10). We'll leave our vehicles at the terminal, walk onto the ferry, bird on foot around the Village of North Head and then catch the return ferry at 3:30 PM. We should be back in Black's Harbour by 5 PM and in Saint John before 6:30.

October is a great month for vagrants and one never knows what we might find. Bring a lunch and warm (preferably layered) clothing.

Meeting
Monday, October 17th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Note: this is the 3rd Monday rather than the usual 2nd Monday (due to Thanksgiving).

Speaker: Harry Thurston
Atlantic Coast: A Natural History

Where: New Brunswick Museum

Award winning author, Harry Thurston will be speaking about his new book The Atlantic Coast: A Natural History, published this month by Greystone Books and the David Suzuki Foundation. In The Atlantic Coast Thurston combines rigorous science and lyrical writing to produce a comprehensive, yet accessible guide to the natural heritage of the North Atlantic coast of North America. Copies of the publication will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Field Trip
Saturday, September 24th, 2011
(Rain date: Sunday, September 25th)
Greenlaw Mountain Hawk Watch
Meet at the old NB Museum site on Douglas Avenue at 7:45 AM for carpooling and a prompt 8:00 AM departure.
Pre-registration with Joanne Savage is recommended to ensure notification if the trip date is postponed.

Last year, the mid-September period was spectacular for raptor migration past the GMHW site in Charlotte County. Not only will there be a great chance to see a good number and variety of raptors, you will also enjoy the walk up the mountain through mixed habitats and, of course, the spectacular view of the St. Croix River, southwestern NB and eastern Maine.

Given the different micro-habitats on the mountain and the exposed nature of the watch site, be sure to "layer up". Sturdy footwear is also recommended. Bring a light lunch as we plan to return to Saint John in mid to late afternoon.

Please let Joanne Savage know if you are planning to attend (847-4245 or davidsavage@rogers.com). A final decision will be made on Friday as to whether the trip will go Saturday or Sunday and Joanne will contact those registered with her in the event the trip is postponed until Sunday. Meet at the old NB Museum site on Douglas Avenue at 7:45 AM for carpooling and a prompt 8:00 AM departure.

Field Trip
Saturday, September 17th, 2011
Mushroom Walk (Biodiversity Project)
Leader: Amanda Bremner
Meet at the parking lot of the old NB Museum on Douglas Avenue at 8:30 a.m.

Join Amanda Bremner from the New Brunswick Museum for a coastal mushroom and other fungi walk on the Barnaby Head Trail at New River Beach Provincial Park. Meet at the (old) NB Museum parking lot on Douglas Avenue in Saint John at 8:30 AM. We’ll condense vehicles and meet up with Amanda at the parking lot closest to the Barnaby Head Trail, New River Beach.

The trail is about 5 km long and includes a peat bog. Depending on our amazing discoveries we may only walk the first 2.5 km loop of the trail which is mostly boardwalk and includes rest areas in some beautiful spots.

Please dress for a variety of weather conditions. Rubber boots or water proof footwear is recommended. Bring your hand lenses (Amanda will bring some extras), cameras, walking sticks, and/or mushroom field guides.

Meeting
Monday, September 12th, 2011 at 7:30 pm


Speaker: Ingeborg Mulder
Small scale movements of Microgadus tomcod (tomcod) at Musquash, a Marine Protected Area in the Bay of Fundy

Where: New Brunswick Museum

Ingeborg Mulder is a graduate student in Marine Ecology from Wageningen University, the Netherlands, conducting research in New Brunswick on the movements of Microgadus tomcod (tomcod) within the Musquash Protected Natural Area. The dominance of this fish species and its wide variety of prey items indicate that it is a key predator and important in dynamics of energy flow. Ingeborg will join us to discuss the extent of tomcod movements in the Musquash Protected Natural Area and the significance of her research.

Field Trip
Saturday, September 10th, 2011
Black Beach
Leaders: Merv Cormier and Paul Mansz
Meet at the parking lot of the old NB Museum on Douglas Avenue at 8:30 a.m.

The Lorneville and Black Beach Road area continues to provide delightful experiences with a variety of regular as well as rare spring and fall migrants. Join Merv and Paul to explore an area that is often productive with migrating warblers, vireos, flycatchers and sparrows.

Meet at the old NB Museum on Douglas Ave at 8:30 am; we’ll consolidate vehicles and travel to the Black Beach area. Bring binoculars, field guides, and your camera, if you wish. Weather can be quite variable so dress in layers and bring rainwear. The road and surroundings can also be muddy after heavy rain or storms. Bring a lunch in the event that the birding is good and Merv elects to explore additional areas around Lorneville.

Directions: Take Lorneville Exit 112 off Highway 2, drive to Coleson Cove – as you pass the Generating Station the road turns to gravel and becomes Black Beach Road.

Field Trip
Saturday, August 20th, 2011
August Wildflowers and Other Flora
Meet at the parking lot of the NB Museum on Douglas Avenue at 8:30 a.m.

Meet at the parking lot of the NB Museum on Douglas Avenue at 8:30 a.m. From here we will travel to the Crane Mountain/Acamac Backland Road area where we can enjoy a walk and see a sampling of local flora. The walk will be average difficulty and 2.5 to 3 hours in duration. There is no rain date.

Field Trip
Saturday, July 16th, 2011
Butterflies, Moths and Dragonflies
Leader: Mike Bamford and Ella Donovan
Meet at the old NB Museum (277 Douglas Ave) at 8:30 a.m. and proceed to a yet undetermined location.

Bring a butterfly net, guide, hat, sunscreen, water, suitable footwear and lunch. This field trip will be led by Mike Bamford and Ella Donovan, who have led us on great field trips on thes

Field Trip
Saturday, June 25th, 2011
June Nature Walk
Meet at old NB Museum at 277 Douglas Avenue at 8:30 a.m. or participants can go directly to Rockwood Park. They would park near the horse barns, meeting around 8:45 a.m.

This will be a general nature outing to observe interesting flora and fauna at a local location.  Meet at old NB Museum at 277 Douglas Avenue at 8:30 a.m. (bring lunch – probably go to early afternoon) or meet in Rockwood Park, parking near the horse barns around 8:45a.m.

Field Trip and AGM
Saturday, June 11th, 2011
Saint John Naturalists' Club Annual General Meeting
Please meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Esso/Tim Horton’s/MacDonald’s highway stop (Exit 141 from Highway 1, at the corner of Millennium Drive and the Gondola Point Arterial); park along the east side of the lot across from the Tim’s.

This year we will hold our field trips and AGM in the Rothesay/Quispamsis area. A few options are being explored, including a walk around the Mud Lake Walking Trail, hiking the paths around Spy Glass Hill (as far as we’re permitted), or checking out the Renforth Bog.

The AGM will be held nestled in boreal cottage country, overlooking the pastoral valley and hills of Rothesay Netherwood School and Spyglass Hill. In a grand tradition established by our former President, Jim Wilson, the meeting will be held at the home of your current President, Paul Mansz, who Pattie McKerral allows to share space with her at 7 Bridle Path Lane in Rothesay. Bridle Path Lane is a dead-end, and Paul and Pattie’s home is the sky-blue cedar shingled house on the right. The driveway just before the house can hold a few cars, or you can follow the road/2nd driveway as it swoops behind the house, and park in the backyard. Parking along the lane is fine, too. Please bring a lunch, and although there will be plenty of chairs and tables if you could bring along a folding or camp chair of you own that would be appreciated

Lunch will start on or around 12:00, and the business meeting will start at 12:30, finishing on or before 2:00.

Help the Nature Conservancy
Saturday, June 4th, 2011; 9:00am-4:00pm
Musquash Trailblazers Event
NCC ‘s Musquash Estuary Trails (NCC can help connect volunteers for carpooling from Saint John if necessary, which is approximately 20 km away)

Provided: Trail clearing equipment, protective gloves, light snacks and beverages
You need: Appropriate outdoor clothing (hat, rain gear if necessary, layers), sturdy footwear, sunscreen, water, a lunch and enthusiasm

Celebrate International Trails Day by helping NCC maintain our coastal footpath along the Musquash Estuary, the last fully functioning estuary in the Bay of Fundy. Come help us trim branches, replace trail markers, and collect beach garbage along our Five Fathom Hole Trail. NCC has protected over 4,000 acres of land around the Musquash Estuary – New Brunswick’s first Marine Protected Area. Come out and learn all about this biologically rich area where the sea meets the river. Optionally, there will be a geocache hunt, so come and learn about geocaching and the area while doing valuable work for NCC!

The event will involve the entire trail, which is approximately 9.5 km return and fairly rustic. Volunteers of all abilities are welcome, however, as people can turn around where they wish. This event is proudly sponsored by Saint John Energy.

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Meeting
Monday, May 9th, 2011 at 7:30 pm


Speaker: Pamela Emery and Joey Pratt
Sharks

Where: New Brunswick Museum

Pamela Emery and Joey Pratt will provide a broad introduction to sharks, review some of the work they aim to complete for the Canadian Shark Conservation Society, and discuss sharks in the Bay of Fundy.

Field Trip
Saturday, April 30th, 2011
Waterfowl and Other Spring Migrants
Leader: Paul Mansz
Participants should meet at 8:30 AM at the intersection of Highway 7 and Highway 177, about a kilometre south of Eagle Rock, at Nerepis (please note this is hour earlier than last year).

On Saturday April 30th, the Saint John Naturalists' Club annual field trip to the Jemseg area will be held. In addition to a large number and variety of waterfowl, we hope for a variety of other early Spring migrants. The trip will be led by Paul Mansz, with the usual and hoped-for expert advice of others in attendance. We always welcome the opportunity to see many of the first migrants back to the province in addition to the waterfowl.

Participants should meet at 8:30 AM at the intersection of Highway 7 and Highway 177, about a kilometre south of Eagle Rock, at Nerepis (please note this is hour earlier than last year). Depending on water levels and reported species we will either (1) work our way up the river towards Gagetown with stops at Nerepis, Hibernia, and points in between, or (2) head straight up through Oromocto and over to Highway 105. We will then work our way from Maugerville on to Jemseg and then Lower Jemseg. Flood/freshet levels will determine our exact return route; the last three years the Jemseg ferry service hasn’t been operating so we will stay flexible.

Please bring a lunch, and dress for a variety of weather conditions, as it can be quite variable over the course of the trip. And if you have them, bring your binoculars, spotting scopes, cameras and/or bird guides.

Field Trip
Saturday, April 16th, 2011
Spring Migrants Around Saint John
Leader: Jim Wilson
Meet at the parking lot of the (old) NB Museum on Douglas Avenue at 7:55 AM.

This will be an excursion to find as many spring arrivals around the Greater Saint John area as we can in four hours.

Meet at the parking lot of the (old) NB Museum on Douglas Avenue at 7:55 AM. We’ll condense vehicles and visit a number of birding hotspots in the area to see who’s back this spring. Bring binoculars, field guide(s), and a notebook and be prepared to see some “firsts” for the spring. We’ll go rain or shine unless the conditions are absolutely terrible. An optional sign-up sheet will be available at the March and April club meetings so Jim can contact you in the event of a weather cancellation.

The fall-back date will be the next day, Sunday, April 17th, same time and location, so mark your calendar.

Meeting
Monday, April 11th, 2011 at 7:30 pm


Speaker: Keith McAloney and Jim Wilson
The Work of the Point Lepreau Bird Observatory

Where: New Brunswick Museum

Why are we doing this? What purpose does all this effort serve? How does it contribute toward the long-term health of seabird populations in North America? One of the co-founders of the PLBO, Jim Wilson, will provide a short history and an overview of what has been learned thus far and Canadian Wildlife Service biologist Keith McAloney will tell us how the work of the PLBO fits into the big picture of seabird management and conservation in North America.

Meeting
Monday, March 14th, 2011 at 7:30 pm


Speaker: Mary Sollows
Shell We Talk Freshwater Mussels?

Where: New Brunswick Museum

How old are the pearlshell mussels (Margaritiferamargaritifera) in the Kennebecasis River and what does it all mean?

Guest speaker at the March meeting will be Mary Sollows from the New Brunswick Museum Natural Science Department. Mary will discuss the local and global relevance of recent pearlshell mussel research conducted in the Kennebecasis River. This species is critically endangered in European countries. It also occurs and reproduces in our eastern Canadian rivers, making this area an important refuge for its conservation.

Field Trip
Saturday, February 19th, 2011
Winter Feeder Tour

Meet at old NB Museum at 277 Douglas Avenue at 8:15

English Presentation
Thursday, February 17th, 2011 at 7:00 pm


Speaker: Dr. Stephen Clayden
Forest of New Brunswick

Where: New Brunswick Museum

NBM Natural Science Curator, Dr. Stephen Clayden will present an overview of the diversity of New Brunswick’s forests, highlighting their regional variation, major tree species, and conservation in protected areas.

Meeting
Monday, February 14th, 2011 at 7:30 pm


Speaker: Karen Vanderwolf
Bats and White Nose Syndrome

Where: New Brunswick Museum

Guest speaker will be Karen Vanderwolf, M.Sc. candidate at the University of New Brunswick. Karen's talk will introduce the general diversity and biology of bats, focusing on the species occurring in New Brunswick. It will also describe her recent research on white nose syndrome and the unprecedented threat it poses to hibernating bats.

Meeting
Monday, January 10th, 2011 at 7:30 pm


Speaker: Geoff Giffin
The Wild Atlantic Salmon

Where: New Brunswick Museum

Geoff Giffin, the Director, NB Programs, for the Atlantic Salmon Federation, will join us to speak about the natural history of the Atlantic Salmon, and the threats and conservation efforts being undertaken to preserve this very interesting fish species.

 

Christmas Bird Counts

Location of Count Date Coordinator
Lepreau Saturday,December 18 Dave McCurdy
Saint John Monday, December 27 Richard Blacquiere
Hammond River Sunday, January 2 Jim Wilson

Meeting
Monday, December 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm


Member's Night and Holiday Social

Where: New Brunswick Museum

This evening will be our annual Member's Night and Holiday Social. Bring in something of interest to you, perhaps related to a hobby of yours, or a few pictures, to share with the rest of the membership. Please keep the number of pictures to 10-15 or so, and if you can, bring them in on a CD or on a USB memory stick, and we'll make sure there is a computer available to play them.

 

Workshop
Sunday, November 28, 2010
12:00 - 4:30pm


Reptiles and Amphibians of New Brunswick

NB Museum, Market Square, Saint John

Nature NB invites you to explore the incredible world of Reptiles and Amphibians in New Brunswick. Learn everything you need to know to confidently identify our native herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians - see you are already learning).

Learn about why they are so important to us, what threatens their existence and how to mitigate your impact of these amazing creatures. This workshop aims to promote awe and respect for these all too often vilified or else overlooked animals.

Contact Greg Jongsma for more information: staff@naturenb.ca or visit naturenb.ca

Field Trip
Saturday, November 13, 2010
8:00am to 4:30pm


Leader: Jim Wilson
Day Trip to Deer Island

Meet at old NB Museum at 277 Douglas Avenue

Cost: Just a share of the gas to Deer Island and return.

Meet at the (old) NB Museum parking lot on Douglas Avenue in Saint John at 8:00 AM. We’ll condense vehicles and drive to St. George, then on to Letete to catch the ferry to Deer Island, which departs each half hour.

We’ll watch for land birds on the trip down and seabirds on the ferry ride that takes us past several nearby islands. The area is a great place for Bald Eagles as well as a good variety of water birds, including masses of gulls that assemble to feed when the tides are right. Rarities are always possible at this time of year, including Little Gull, Black-headed Gull and King Eider. We’ll catch the return ferry at mid-afternoon and should be back in the city by around 4:30 PM.

Bring warm clothing (in layers), and rainwear if the forecast dictates. Also pack a lunch, beverage, binoculars and bird field guide(s). Washroom facilities are available on the ferry crossings but no food.

Meeting
Monday, November 8, 2010 at 7:30 pm


Speaker: Paul Brunelle
Odonata of the Northeast

Where: New Brunskwick Museum

Paul Brunelle is the leading expert in Atlantic Canada on the diversity, distribution and ecology of dragonflies. This talk will provide an overview of the insect order that includes Damselflies and Dragonflies, with comments on their behaviour, taxonomy, enjoyment, and conservation in northeastern North America.

 

Cancelled!

Field Trip
Saturday, October 30, 2010
8:30am - late afternoon


Leader: Stephen Clayden
Five Fathom Hole Trail

Meet at old NB Museum at 277 Douglas Avenue

The Five Fathom Hole trail is a 4.7-kilometre linear trail (9.4 kilometres return) with a shorter 1.5-kilometre side hike to access the Butler Creek Beach. The trail is rustic and for hiking only. There are no facilities on the trail. Please be prepared for rugged conditions and changeable weather.

Meet at the old NB Museum (277 Douglas Avenue) at 8:30. Bring a lunch, water, suitable footwear, walking stick (if desired), binocular and warm clothing. We are not sure of the duration of this trip but anticipate a late afternoon / suppertime return.

Directions to the Five Fathom Hole trailhead from Saint John: Take Route 1 west. Take exit 103 (Prince of Wales exit), left off the exit, left at the stop sign. The parking area and trailhead are located down the road on your left, and is marked with a Nature Conservancy Canada sign.

Field Trip
Saturday, October 23, 2010
8:00am to 6:30pm
Note! this trip has been CANCELLED because of weather.

Leader: Jim Wilson
A Day Birding Grand Manan (walking tour)

Meet at the old NB Museum at 7:50am

Cost: Approximately $10 per person for the ferry.

We will condense vehicles then drive straight to the ferry terminal at Black’s Harbour, where we will park the cars and walk on the ferry which departs at 9:30 am (sharp).

We’ll watch for seabirds and whales while on the ferry, then spend the day birding the Village of North Head. Then we’ll catch the last ferry of the afternoon at 3:30 pm. We should be back in Saint John before 6:30 pm.

Bring a backpack, lunch, beverage, binoculars, and bird field guide. Food, tea, and coffee are available on the ferry and in North Head Village. Bring rainwear if the weather forecast dictates and dress warmly in layers. It’s always better to take it off then wish you had brought warmer clothing.

October is usually lovely and a great month to see a variety of migrant seabirds and songbirds on Grand Manan. Rarities often appear.

Meeting
Monday, October 18, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Note the Date!

Speaker: Greg Campbell
Bird Studies Canada and the Bicknell’s Thrush Conservation Action Plan

Where: New Brunskwick Museum

A few of us enjoyed a very successful and interesting field trip to the Christmas Mountains earlier this year to see Bicknell’s Thrush on its breeding territory.

To help us all learn more about this interesting bird, Greg Campbell, Bird Studies Canada’s Bicknell’s Thrush biologist, will join us to discuss the conservation effort that has been undertaken to help it and to further our understanding.

Field Trip
Saturday, September 25, 2010
7:45 am to late afternoon

Leader: Todd Watts
Greenlaw Mountain Hawk Watch

Meet at old NB Museum on Douglas Avenue

The SJNC has undertaken a project with Todd Watts: the Greenlaw Mountain Hawk Watch (GMHW), so spend a day to acquaint yourself with the area, with the hawk watch and counting protocols, and the potential of seeing up to 13 species of raptors.

Meet at the old NB Museum at 7:45, where we will drive to the hawk watch (near St. Andrews).  Bring a lunch, some water, and clothing suitable to a variety of conditions that may include rain or mist, wind, and sun. Binoculars, field guides, and spotting scopes will enhance the experience; however, remember that all of the items must be carried in (and carried out).

Participants should be prepared for some mild exertion walking up the mountain from the parking area.

A sign-up sheet will be available at the September meeting so that we may contact interested participants if unfavourable weather or other circumstances require us to postpone or cancel the field trip

Finally, as the hawk watch is located on private land owned by Bell Aliant, all participants must sign a release form. Copies of the form will be available at the September meeting or Click here if you have not already sent a form to Todd. Please be prepared to sign a copy at the meeting so that we may send them on to Todd. Please note that volunteers or visitors to the GMHW last year need not fill out a new form.

Field Trip
Saturday, September 18, 2010
8:30 to noon

Leader: Merv Cormier
Fall Birding Around Lorneville and the Black Beach Area

Meet at old NB Museum on Douglas Avenue

The Lorneville and Black Beach Road area continues to provide delightful experiences with a variety of regular as well as rare spring and fall migrants. Join Merv and explore an area that has been very productive already this year, with migrating warblers, vireos, flycatchers and sparrows.

Meet at the old NB Museum on Douglas Ave at 8:30 am; we’ll consolidate vehicles and travel to the Black Beach area.

Bring binoculars; field guides; and your camera, if you wish.

Weather can be quite variable so dress in layers and bring rainwear. The road and surroundings can also be muddy after heavy rain or storms. Bring a lunch in the event that the birding is good and Merv elects to explore additional areas around Lorneville.

Meeting
Monday, September 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Speaker: Dr. Donald McAlpine, PhD
Frogwater and Fishpee: Bizarre Life in the Water You Might Drink

Where: New Brunskwick Museum

A reprise of a presentation recently delivered as part of the Canadian Museum of Nature national lecture series for the traveling exhibit “Water”. Join Dr. Donald McAlpine (Research Curator, Zoology, Department of Natural Science, New Brunswick Museum) for an exploration of the intertwined lives of frogs, dragonflies and parasitic worms. New Brunswick’s ponds and lakes truly are teeming with life that is stranger than fiction.