Wood Frogs are typically the first frogs to emerge here in New Brunswick each year. They can do this because of the "antifreeze" in their body (not actually antifreeze, but sugars) that enable them to freeze solid (!) and to resist temps down to -10C!
The following is an excerpt of a presentation made by Moranda van Geest of Elgin to the government’s Select Committee on Climate Change earlier this fall. Moranda and her husband immigrated to Canada in 1981. Since then, they have lived and farmed in an environmentally conscious way in Elgin. She is an active community volunteer with the Elgin Eco Association and recently received the Molly Kool Award, which celebrates local women who make significant contributions to their community.
A national spotlight is set to shine on the UNESCO-designated Fundy Biosphere Reserve (FBR), thanks to TVO’s upcoming Striking Balance documentary series. The Striking Balance series premiered on TVO on October 4 and is narrated by Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy.
Striking Balance, the Fundy Biosphere Reserve, and Parks Canada are hosting a public screening of the Fundy episode on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 at the Salt and Fir Centre in Fundy National Park at 7pm. The events are free to the public and all are welcome to come and watch this exciting 50-minute exploration of Fundy’s salmon, people, tides, shorebirds, and forests.
In 2011, Fundy National Park was designated a Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC). Join Fundy National Park Interpreters and members of the RASC, New Brunswick Chapter, for this annual event celebrating the night sky of Fundy.
September 2nd - 4th.
by Deborah Carr and Moranda Van Geest
A casual passerby might consider the village of Elgin, located along the picturesque Pollett River, to be a sleepy little hamlet. But they would be wrong. “This isolated community is vibrant and full of life,” says Moranda van Geest.
Moranda heads up the Elgin Eco Association (EEA), a dedicated group that has accomplished much in this small rural area, including building a community garden, installing ‘little libraries’, organizing community events and children’s programs, conducting interpretive hikes, organizing the challenging Tour of Elgin mountain bike race…all centred around, or supporting, their crowning achievement: The Mapleton Acadian Forest Trail.
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station snapped this photo of the Bay of Fundy while passing over North America last May.
For Immediate Release
Parks Canada Hosts Second Annual ‘Ten Days in June’ Bio-Blitz Event at Fundy National Park
Connect with nature and help experts identify flora and fauna species June 10-19
June 9, 2016 Alma, New Brunswick Parks Canada Agency
Be an Ecologist for the day and discover what type of plants and critters inhabit Fundy National Park during the second annual “Ten Days in June” Bio-Blitz event from June 10 at 9:00 a.m. to June 19 at 5:00 p.m. A Bio-Blitz is an intense team effort to discover as many different life forms as possible in one location during a short period of time. Fundy National Park’s 2016 Bio-Blitz event is being held during one of the busiest periods in nature, at the height of spring emergence. At this time of year, many groups of plants and critters are at the peak of their activity cycles or at their most visible.
Connecting Albert County wanted to make it easier for you to get out and explore Albert County's beauty this summer so we have teamed up with some amazing sponsors to bring you this contest. Sign up here for your chance to win one of 3 amazing gift packages to help you explore in Albert County this summer. If you have already signed up for our e-newsletter, your name will automatically go into the draw. Deadline for sign-up is June 15th.
Each package contains gift certificates and passes to help you discover the beauty of Albert County. Winners may receive passes to Fundy National Park, Hopewell Rocks, Cape Enrage & the Albert County Museum, and/or gift certificates for Alter Girl Collections, Broadleaf Guest Ranch, Parkland Village Inn, Collins Lobster, Crooked Creek Convenience Store, and Wake Up to the Beauty of Albert County Coffee from Little Ridge Bakeshop.
Connecting Albert County would like to thank our sponsors of this event and we would like to encourage you to shop local when you can.
Surviving the Fundy Footpath is a six-part web documentary series that follows Bruce Persaud, a city slicker from Toronto, with zero camping experience, as he attempts to complete one of Canada's toughest multi-day hikes. This hilarious series will have audiences cheering for the underdog and flirting with the idea of hiking the trail themselves.
This is the treasure collected along a 2 km stretch of Cape Enrage Road on April 4. Since we hadn’t had a chance to clean up this stretch since the first snowfall, it’s probably safe to assume that the trash accumulated over the winter, and therefore was probably tossed by locals, not tourists. 80% of the bottles and cans were alcoholic beverage containers. Draw your own conclusions regarding the state of drivers on our local roads.
Story and images by Kevin Snair
When I ask the good folks of Albert County what the Hopewell Rocks means to them, the answers can be as varied as the people themselves. For some it’s just the photo on their Medicare card but for many, it’s a whole lot more.
I often hear coming-of-age stories of youth experiencing their first summer jobs among excited travelers. I hear of church picnics and family gatherings outside the old Pavilion. For some it’s the draw that brings the guests to their bed & breakfasts and restaurants and for more than one, it’s memories of that first stolen kiss under Lover’s Arch. Undeniably, the Hopewell Rocks have found their way into the hearts of many New Brunswickers.
Fundy National Park, in collaboration with the Fundy Guild, is hosting its 50th Annual Christmas Bird Count. On December 18th, birding enthusiasts of all ages are invited to celebrate this golden anniversary through “learn to bird” activities, lunch, and of course, a 50th anniversary cake.
From the Fundy Biosphere Reserve!
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by Deborah Carr
Moving as if to the sweep of a conductor's baton, they flow off the beach like a tide of liquid mercury, then swoop into the air, a dark ribbon smudge against the August sky. As if on prearranged cue, they bank as one and the flock metamorphoses, revealing the flashing white of ten thousand underbellies caught in the glory of the setting sun. A dance of precision and grace. Read more
The Mary Majka Scholarship Fund was established in 2014 by Nature NB to honour the legacy of one of our founding members, Mary Majka, with the intent to further youth engagement with nature and our natural heritage. The fund is open to New Brunswick students from middle school to those attending an undergraduate program. Awards will be granted on a yearly basis ranging from $250 to $1000, depending on the number of applicants and funds available. For more information and to apply, please visit http://www.naturenb.ca/get-involved/mary-majka-scholarship-fund/
On February 8th, 2015, Rick Flanagan, Kevin Snair and Pierre Desjardins donned their toques and down-filled jackets to head to the Hopewell Rocks to explore the iced-in shoreline dotted with growlers (small icebergs). The sun -- shining clear in a cobalt-blue sky -- belied the temperature: with windchill, it was -20 C.
The guys spent three hours exploring the ice-crusted landscape. Kevin captured their adventure on the video below.
Tucked behind Riverside-Albert, midway between Moncton and Alma, NB, lies a hidden treasure. In a landscape dominated by deep ravines rests 2,823 hectares of old-growth Acadian forest known as the Caledonia Gorge.
The UNESCO-designated Fundy Biosphere Reserve is hosting an Ontario film crew as they officially begin production on TVO’s Striking Balance, an 8 x 50-minute docu-series that will explore eight of Canada’s breathtaking UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves.
Connecting Albert County celebrates the natural beauty of rural Albert County, New Brunswick.
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To encourage people to explore and appreciate the natural beauty of the region, we will announce major events happening at the parks and other protected areas. In our newsletter, we describe the beautiful spots and encourage people to post their stories and images on our website.
To learn more about the area, visit the Fundy Biosphere Reserve and Fundy National Park.
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