The Miramichi Naturalists’ Club
by Peter Gadd
If you’re a Miramichier, count yourself lucky! As you can see from the photos, we’re surrounded by so much of the natural world, and have wonderful opportunities to learn about it and appreciate it by exploring and sharing our experiences.
If you want to enjoy the company of individuals with similar interests, join the Miramichi Naturalists’ Club (MNC). The club, with an average membership of 25 people, meets on the second Monday of the month, September through June at the Nelson Senior Citizens Club, Sutton Road, at 6:30 pm.
Guest speakers are invited to each meeting to present on topics of interest to club members. Recent topics have included: Non-timber Forest Products, Forestry, Polar Bears, the Maritime Butterfly Atlas Project, and the McKay Brook Portage Project.
Following the presentations, we have social time and informal business meetings to discuss topics of mutual interest, plan outings and share wildlife sightings. Recent field trips were an “Owl Prowl”, birding at Hay Island, Chimney Swift monitoring in Bathurst, and participation in the Botany Club of NB’s native orchid field trip in Janeville in late June.
Interested club members can also participate in the Christmas Bird Count in Miramichi and Red Bank, and monitoring the flora and fauna around Miramichi Marsh and other areas such as Strawberry Marsh and French Fort Cove.
Non-members are welcome to attend the monthly meetings to find out more. The events calendar and other information are available at the club’s website at miramichinaturalistclub.wordpress.com. Please consider joining the club. The nominal annual membership is $20 per individual or $30 per family.
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