Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) : Institut de recherche du Mersey Tobeatic

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MTRI is a non-profit co-operative with a mandate to promote sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity conservation in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve and beyond through research, education, and the operation of a field station.

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Iceland: An Adventure of Moments
Join Paul Newton and Sherry Hudson as th... more »
Milkweed Seeds Wanted
We are looking for any extra milkweed we... more »

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Iceland:  An Adventure of Moments 

Join Paul Newton and Sherry Hudson as they share their photographic journey to Iceland in the fall of 2015. Three years in the dreaming, this journey will take you on a circumnavigation of the world's most active volcanic island. You will visit steaming sulfurous hot springs, endless lava fields covered in verdant moss, vast glaciers aglow in the Northern Lights, mist shrouded mountains, black volcanic sand beaches and waterfalls of every imaginable size. Discover how the rich and dynamic environment taught Sherry and Paul to accept the gifts Iceland had to offer one moment at a time. A 90 minute tale of 4,000 kms, 21days, 8,000 pictures and 1 flat tire.


For a sneak peak at some of the photos from our trip check out our two blog sites below:

Paul Newton

Sherry Hudson



Milkweed Seeds Wanted

Do you have a butterfly garden, and are wondering what to do with all those seeds your milkweed plants are producing?  A great thing to do is to give them to your friends and family so that they can plant them to create more habitat for the monarch butterflies!  However, if you have any extras, we would appreciate them being mailed to us so that we can plant them next spring.  Please mail any unwanted seeds to:

9 Mount Merritt Road
PO Box 215
Kempt, Queens County,
Nova Scotia, Canada
B0T 1B0





Video featuring quad-copter views of MTRI's rooftop and some fantastic blackflies



You can learn more about MTRI`s Butterfly Club by listening to this CBC Information Morning interview with Leah Veinot. 

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