ISSUES: Bambi reports on deer life today … not heard from since 2008…

ANNUAL REPORT 2019 N.B. Deer Association, Charlotte Co. Division EDITORS NOTE: It’s been years since we last received a report from Bambi Deerburger. We just found this version in an email that came from an address in St. Andrews, NB. … Continue reading ISSUES: Bambi reports on deer life today … not heard from since 2008…

LOOKING BACK: Saint John’s Energy Hub Hype – 2008

February, 2008. It’s been fascinating watching the fever building in Saint John around “The Great Energy Hub”. Certainly everyone is doing a great job in building the hype that seems to be necessary to move these developments forward. The Telegraph … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Saint John’s Energy Hub Hype – 2008

MYSTERIES: Fundy Mystery – Can You Identify This Object?

These images are of an object found on the beach below Friar’s Head at Campobello. Because the object predates the island’s aquaculture industry, it may have been used in the weir fishery. Older area residents can likely identify it if … Continue reading MYSTERIES: Fundy Mystery – Can You Identify This Object?

HISTORY – A monograph of historic sites in the province of New Brunswick W.F. Ganong 1890

If you enjoy history you want want to miss this important detailed publication! Reprinted from 1899 monograph included as part of the Contributions to the History of New Brunswick, this publication gives detailed account of historical places from pre-contact era … Continue reading HISTORY – A monograph of historic sites in the province of New Brunswick W.F. Ganong 1890

SHIPS & SHIPPING: The Snow Maiden, Grand Manan, NB & Mass.

Roger Nason – In my research for the Grand Manan ferry system, I discovered the “Snow Maiden” shown in this photo, frequently acted as an auxiliary freight schooner during the First World War when the “Aurora” or first steamer “Grand … Continue reading SHIPS & SHIPPING: The Snow Maiden, Grand Manan, NB & Mass.

SMUGGLERS – The Plastermen Smugglers – Rogues of Passamaquoddy Bay.

Thanks to Mining Association of Nova Scotia for this story.     The Plaster War of 1820 was not a war in the usual sense, but this little-known period in our history featured extraordinary showdowns between gypsum smugglers and the … Continue reading SMUGGLERS – The Plastermen Smugglers – Rogues of Passamaquoddy Bay.

ISSUES: If A Tree Falls – Rod Cumberland Interview at Wilderness Obsession

With elections looming in New Brunswick, it is disheartening to see how little progress has been made in the 5 years since this was published. As Rod Cumberland enters the political arena, we can only hope that things change for … Continue reading ISSUES: If A Tree Falls – Rod Cumberland Interview at Wilderness Obsession

SCIENCE: NB Museum touts natural history treasures as province moves to pare them down … How is that going today?

Specimens in natural history collection include parakeet from 1869 that’s now extinct Jennifer Sweet · CBC News · Posted: Feb 09, 2020 8:30 AM AT |   Donald McAlpine, head of natural history at the New Brunswick Museum, holds a greylag goose shot on … Continue reading SCIENCE: NB Museum touts natural history treasures as province moves to pare them down … How is that going today?

EXPLORE: Forts & Fortifications in Maine and the Maritimes

TIME TO PLAN YOUR EXPLORATIONS! Zoom in and click on each balloon to get details about each site. googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=1NebS37UDHUKLe3aBuL2pF-GElrc&w=640&h=480 Source: Fundy Tides: EXPLORE: Forts & Fortifications in Maine and the Maritimes Continue reading EXPLORE: Forts & Fortifications in Maine and the Maritimes

MARINE LIFE: This tiny shrimp-like Mysid is vital to overwintering groundfish

VIEW & DOWNLOAD FREE @ MAGCLOUD Mysid Shrimp – Winter Food for Young Groundfish By Art MacKay in MARINE INVERTEBRATES 4 pages, published 12/12/2019 Mysids are tiny shrimp-like marine invertebrates that are distributed mainly in the coastal zone of the … Continue reading MARINE LIFE: This tiny shrimp-like Mysid is vital to overwintering groundfish

EXPLORE NB: Greenlaw Mountain Hawk Watch, Charlotte County, NB

Viewing from the top of Greenlaw Mountain Kennebecasis Naturalist Society Colin Pyette and I drove to Charlotte County to try our luck as observers for the Greenlaw Mountain Hawk Watch. From Sussex it’s a approximately an hour and 50 minute … Continue reading EXPLORE NB: Greenlaw Mountain Hawk Watch, Charlotte County, NB

LOOKING BACK: THE REAL STORY behind the bankruptcy of Connors Brothers Ltd & Bumble Bee Foods LLC

I remember when Connors was acquired by George Weston Ltd. in 1967. At the time, it was mainly just another takeover by the big boys, with the usual  siphoning off of our resource dollars to folks far, far away. But … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: THE REAL STORY behind the bankruptcy of Connors Brothers Ltd & Bumble Bee Foods LLC

ISSUES: Looking back on high coliform levels in the St. Croix River. Has anything changed?

In 2003, levels at some drainages into the river were thousands of times higher than acceptable levels!19 years later … has anything changed? TAKE NOTE: THE MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE LEVEL IS ≤ 200 E. coli /100 mL LEARN MORE AT: https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/canada/health-canada/migration/healthy-canadians/publications/healthy-living-vie-saine/water-recreational-recreative-eau/alt/pdf/water-recreational-recreative-eau-eng.pdf Continue reading ISSUES: Looking back on high coliform levels in the St. Croix River. Has anything changed?

SHIPWRECKS: NEW ENGLAND Wrecked Off The Wolves Island – July 25, 1872

NEW ENGLAND Wrecked Off The Wolves Island – July 25, 1872

One of the finest steamers of the International Steamship Line was wrecked on the Wolves on Monday on her passage from St. John to Eastport. The following from the St. John Telegraph gives the particulars of the affair.
In reference to the disaster CAPT FIELD said that he was in the wheel house from the time the vessel left Continue reading “SHIPWRECKS: NEW ENGLAND Wrecked Off The Wolves Island – July 25, 1872”

EXPLORE – Saint John Airport to Charlotte County – Getting There & Back

Lots to see during a simple  drive from the Saint John Airport to St. Stephen and St. Andrews and when you return on the divided highway. Saint John Airport to St. George / St. Andrews / St. Stephen Area 1. Welcome … Continue reading EXPLORE – Saint John Airport to Charlotte County – Getting There & Back

LOOKING BACK: Canadian Whale Institute delivers the message about the North Atlantic Right Whale – 2006

  The following post from 2006 provides an interesting history of the New England Aquarium and Canadian Whale Institute in their continuing efforts to save the North Atlantic Right whale.  I think it’s worth repeating.  Art MacKay ******************************** By Mark … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Canadian Whale Institute delivers the message about the North Atlantic Right Whale – 2006

LOOKING BACK: Right whale sightings still on the decline in Bay of Fundy – 2015

There are a couple of problems with this article. Firstly, 15 days in the field does not a season make. One would hope that whale watch companies from New Brunswick, Maine and Nova Scotia are contributing their sightings and that … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Right whale sightings still on the decline in Bay of Fundy – 2015

ISSUES – How deforestation of the Amazon has led to issues that threaten our global future. Meanwhile here at home ….

Anyone who has visited a true rain forest, whether in the Amazon, British Columbia, or Asia, must be struck by the dampness below the massive canopy of ancient trees, a canopy that holds and maintains water that is vital to … Continue reading ISSUES – How deforestation of the Amazon has led to issues that threaten our global future. Meanwhile here at home ….

LOOKING BACK – The Beginning of the Story … Fort LaTour Taking Shape On The Saint John Waterfront

Jul 4, 2019 by Mark Leger Image: Mark Leger/Huddle. SAINT JOHN – Place Fort LaTour, under construction on the Saint John waterfront, can now truly come to life thanks to a $245,000 funding commitment from the federal government, says Beth Kelly … Continue reading LOOKING BACK – The Beginning of the Story … Fort LaTour Taking Shape On The Saint John Waterfront

LOOKING BACK & FORWARD– Right Whales Lay Claim to Historic Grounds

Right Whale at Head Harbour Lighthouse. Danielle Dion photo. ************************************************ 16 years ago, the battle against LNG development at Eastport, Maine required proof that Right Whales were common at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy.  Memories From 2006 Ever … Continue reading LOOKING BACK & FORWARD– Right Whales Lay Claim to Historic Grounds

ISSUES – The Man Who Went to War With Canada – Atlas Obscura

It’s an old and ongoing story. Who really owns Machias Seal Island … Canada or the United States? This long detailed article tells some of the fascinating tales that originated from this tiny disputed island that floats out there in … Continue reading ISSUES – The Man Who Went to War With Canada – Atlas Obscura

DISCOVERIES: Ancient hunting site unearthed on proposed Fundy Trail Parkway

Archeologists call it “significant” and “interesting.” An Indigenous group calls it “exciting.” An ancient hunting camp site has been found on part of the proposed Fundy Trail Parkway, between St. Martins and Fundy National Park. Brent Suttie, the chief archeologist​ with … Continue reading DISCOVERIES: Ancient hunting site unearthed on proposed Fundy Trail Parkway

ISSUE: FOREIGN FISH INTRODUCTIONS: Let he who is without sin ….

Early involvement in the aquaculture industry, the Atlantic Salmon Federation and several environmental non- profits, led to the accumulation of historical information on the introduction of non-native strains of Atlantic salmon as well as other species of fish, into virtually … Continue reading ISSUE: FOREIGN FISH INTRODUCTIONS: Let he who is without sin ….

FISHERIES: The importance of Mysid shrimp to the ground fishery in Passamaquoddy Bay

An interesting articles on the importance of Mysid shrimp to the groundfish in the Bay of Fundy, principally at Passamaquoddy Bay. Mysids Make Winter Meal for Groundfish (Published in The Quoddy Tides, December 28, 2001) If you spend much time … Continue reading FISHERIES: The importance of Mysid shrimp to the ground fishery in Passamaquoddy Bay

ISSUES: Lessons We Need to Learn from Ancient Aquaculture Technology

FROM – Sustainable Ancient Aquaculture – National Geographic Society (blogs) Lessons We Can Learn from Ancient Aquaculture Technology Use plant-based feeds instead of wild fish; Use integrated polyculture practices such as IMTA; Reduce nitrogen and chemical pollution through multi-trophic aquaculture; … Continue reading ISSUES: Lessons We Need to Learn from Ancient Aquaculture Technology

CLIMATE CHANGE – Go east, young woman – A letter from New Brunswick’s future

In the optimistic spirit of the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Message from the Future, this letter is a speculative and fictional look back from the future to imagine what New Brunswick could be like if we could meet our climate change obligations. … Continue reading CLIMATE CHANGE – Go east, young woman – A letter from New Brunswick’s future