Parks Canada, in collaboration with the Fundy Guild and Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service, is hosting its 53rd Annual Christmas Bird Count on Friday, December 15th in Fundy National Park.
Check out the Fundy Biosphere's story about incredible anemones and other strange life forms found at the lowest of low tides... www.fundy-biosphere.ca/en/news/alien-like-immortals-discovered-at-hopewell-rocks.html
Shoreline erosion is not a new phenomenon. Just look at these pictures and you’ll see how much the Alma beach has changed over the last sixty years. (Thanks to Gary Steeves for sending these images from a 1956 Parks Canada publication.)
The Government of Canada is pleased to announce $8.2M in funding to protect the shoreline along Highway 114. To enhance the experience of visitors, a new, longer boardwalk will be built near the southeast entrance of Fundy National Park. The section of Highway 114 along the Alma Beach area has seen frequent and repeated damage due to wave action and erosion during storm events which is attributed to a rise in sea levels due to climate change. The investment will fund important work to prevent further shoreline erosion and protect the important traffic corridor between Alma and Fundy National Park.
For no fee, residents will be able to visit any Mobile Eco-Depot to dispose of the following (up to ½ tonne truck/utility trailer):
· Electronic waste
· Small household machinery (emptied of gas and oil)
· Construction/renovation waste
· Household hazardous waste
· Car and small truck tires
· Brush/branches and yard waste
· Clear glass, metal
· Cardboard and paper
· Cooking oil
**No car parts, gas tanks, residential oil tanks, regular curbside waste or commercial waste.
The depot will be in Hillsborough Nov. 22-23, in Riverside-Albert Dec. 20-21 and in Alma Jan. 24-25.
See details at www.eco360.ca/mobile-eco-depot-program
It takes a community to recover a critically endangered species. That’s the approach taken by an innovative partnership called Fundy Salmon Recovery, which is celebrating the successful release of a record number of wild, adult inner Bay of Fundy (iBoF) Atlantic salmon.
Wild Atlantic salmon populations have been declining dramatically for decades. Endangered since 2002, the decline of the wild iBoF Atlantic salmon population has been well documented but poorly understood. Fundy Salmon Recovery is looking to change that. With a unique migration limited to the Bay of Fundy, and a portion of their freshwater range protected within Fundy National Park, iBoF Atlantic salmon provide a globally unique research and recovery opportunity. Fundy Salmon Recovery, now running an advanced program has created a conservation model for other recovery efforts worldwide.
Law Enforcement Agencies Partner for Protection of
Inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic Salmon
ALMA, NEW BRUNSWICK, September 14, 2017 – Parks Canada would like to remind the public that inner Bay of Fundy (iBoF) Atlantic salmon are an endangered species and are legally protected under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. It is illegal to kill, harm, harass, capture, or take an Atlantic salmon of the iBoF population.
Nature Conservancy of Canada working with Riverside-Albert to conserve rare forest critical to water supply Contributed by Nature Conservancy of Canada
Riverside-Albert, New Brunswick (August 29, 2017) – The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), with the support of the Village of Riverside-Albert, is working to permanently conserve 326 acres of rare old Acadian forest on a property that contains the Village’s water supply.
Every year roughly 13-15,000 hectares of New Brunswick’s Crown lands are sprayed with herbicides. Spraying takes place in clear-cuts that have been replanted with the softwood seedlings desired by the forestry industry. The purpose is to kill hardwood saplings—maples, birch, beech pin-cherry and poplar—and other grasses and weeds that compete with new plantings. Reducing the competition allows the plantation trees to grow faster.
By Denis Doucett
Late summer and early fall is just the right time to spy a wonderful group of small, colourful dragonflies called the Meadowhawks (Genus Sympetrum) in a wetland near you.
Story & photography by Paul Gaudet
In the last issue of Connecting Albert County, I explained what causes tides. This time, I will explain what causes the tides in the Bay of Fundy to be among the highest in the world.
It all starts out in the Gulf of Maine where the tide from the Atlantic Ocean comes around Nova Scotia counter-clockwise and enters the mouth of the bay twice a day. The distance the water must travel to get to the Hopewell Rocks is about 290 km (180 miles). Out at the mouth of the bay, the bay is about 100 km (62 miles) wide and 213 m (700 ft.) deep.
Well, I guess you cannot live in Albert County without knowing or at least wondering how the tides work. The ebb and flow of the tides can have a profound effect on the rural people of our fair county. So I thought I would give a rather simple short course on the anatomy of tidal action.
Let us begin with what causes tides and that is, of course, the gravitational pull of celestial bodies, specifically the sun and the moon. The moon is close to us (about 384,400 km away) and is about 75% responsible for the tide. The sun, although far larger than the moon, is 160 million km away and is responsible for about 25% of our tidal action.
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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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.
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