On October 3rd and 4th 2017 Dr. Nick Hill, and Mike Parker and Andy Sharpe from East Cost Aquatics will be holding an information session and field tour of the Big Meadow Bog Restoration Project on Brier Island.
For those of you who have attended recent CLRA events, you may already know that Nick, Mike and Andy (along with many other contributors) have been researching and restoring this unique location on Brier Island over the last few years. In combination with Nick, Mike and Andy CLRA have organized a unique two-day field tour, information and social event on beautiful Brier Island so that folks can learn more about this interesting project.
The Big Meadow Bog Restoration Project is supported by the The National Wetland Conservation Fund and is a multifaceted restoration project which: monitors habitat variables and the population of the Endangered Eastern Mountain Avens, physically restores and reconfigures wetland terrain, and engages community through volunteer opportunities, village get-togethers and construction of a boardwalk. Rare species are specialists (e.g. in water chemistry and temperature, hydrological regime, vegetation parameters etc) and by attending to their particular requirements, we create a wetland that provides a wide range of hydrological niches that ensures maximal levels of biological diversity and biogeochemical condition which we argue is also reflected at the ecosystem services and community level.
A CBC radio report on the Big Meadow Bog can be heard here:
Please note the following dates and timing arrangements:
October 3rd (PM time to be confirmed) – Meet at Brier Island Lodge http://www.brierisland.com/our-facilies/rooms-and-rates
October 3rd (PM) – presentations from project contributors and researchers ( i.e. Eastern Mountain Avens, the role of seagulls, water chemistry, restoration efforts etc).
October 3rd (evening) – dinner and socializing at the Brier Island Inn and overnight stay.
October 4th (AM) – Field tour of the Big Meadow Bog (~2 hours in duration).
October 4th (12.25 or 1.25pm) – End: Ferry departure from Brier Island to mainland.
As always, this is another FREE Atlantic CLRA event. You are responsible for your travel and accommodation/food costs. Further information will be provided throughout the next few months.
At this time we ask that you indicate your interest in attending this event so that we can start to plan for numbers.
Atlantic CLRA would also like to remind you that we are currently planning for our next Atlantic Reclamation Conference (ARC) during 2018. ARC 2018 will be hosted by the New Brunswick Community College in Miramichi, NB. If anyone is interested in assisting with conference organizing, or has some interesting topics that they would like to present at next years conference, please feel free to reach out to Andy Walter at the contact details below. Stay tuned for more information over the coming months.
Andy Walter, Event Coordinator, CLRA -Atl.