Chignecto Naturalists’ Club celebrates four decades

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Chignecto Naturalists’ Club members celebrate their 40th anniversary.

About 35 members of the Chignecto Naturalists’ Club celebrated its 40th anniversary on Monday the 9th of December with a well-organized and friendly pot luck supper.  The large anniversary cake featured the logo of the Club and the cake was cut by Hart Swedersky who designed the logo, and president Andrew Macfarlane.

During the supper there was a power-point presentation of photographs taken by members during field trips over the years, such as walking on the bottom of the sea below Fort Beausejour, a trip led by Con Desplanque in May 1990.

Al Smith, the initiator of the Club, gave an illustrated talk about the founding meeting. He invited people with bird feeders to come to the first meeting, in March 1973. Among the 20 people who took part were  Paul Bogaard, Pat and Gareth Greenslade, Bob Watt, Hinrich and Ginny Harries, Reid McManus (from Memramcook), and Con Desplanque and Evie Coates from Amherst. Following a notice in the Tribune, 40 people came to the next meeting in April and elected an executive.

The highlight of the first year was the nighttime capture of a pink flamingo, given the name Chignecto Rose, who had veered of course and was found in the Dorchester sewage lagoon.  After three days of negotiations by phone, a place was found for Rose in the Bahamas and she was shipped to a more suitable climate. Al then showed slides illustrating local wildlife and their habitats, including the Waterfowl Park and the proposed new addition to it.

To round out the evening, Andrew Macfarlane, Douglas Grant, Rhianna Edwards, Wallie Simieritsch, and Hans Larsen showed slides.  Andrew’s were of birds in Oman; Douglas showed all the creatures seen on his property; Rhianna’s were of Churchill, Man.; Wallie’s were of wild flowers; and Hans showed pictures of Iceland and of the effect of sea rise on that country.

The Chignecto Naturalists’ Club welcomes new members. Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month and field trips are enjoyed regularly. For more information, contact Andrew Macfarlane at 536-4922.





Geographic location: Memramcook, Amherst, Dorchester Bahamas Waterfowl Park Oman Iceland

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