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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A lot has happened here at MTRI over the years, and we wanted to give you access to an archive of the newsworthy events we have hosted or been a part of. Check out our Mersey Messages, Volunteer News, newspaper clippings, or some select headlines found below. Enjoy perusing our storied past!
We had a large turn out on June 12th for our annual BBQ despite the change in weather from sun to rain at last minute! It was good to catch up with our volunteers, members, and friends while enjoying some delicious food. Images top to bottom, L-R: BBQ turn out, Wendy cutting the cake, and The Otesha Project perfomance. (Photo Credits: Steven Mockford)
MTRI’s fundraising initiative for the Blanding’s turtle recovery project is off to a great start! In December, MTRI was thrilled to receive a substantial donation from Marjorie Lindsey to kick off the campaign. This donation will help staff and volunteer researchers protect Blanding’s turtle nests from predation and flooding, search for new Blanding’s turtle populations, identify important habitats, work with landowners and more. Thank you so much Marjorie!
We still have a way to go to reach our goal. If you would like to donate to the Blanding’s turtle project or MTRI’s other species at risk initiatives please click on the PayPal link on the right of this webpage, or contact us about other ways to donate!
With a staff over a dozen strong giving an excellent, succinct presentation on the activities of MTRI over 2009, the Annual General meeting was an evening of intrigue and hope. The future looks good for MTRI, as new and exciting Directors for the Board joined the team, including the likes of Jill Commolli, John Gilhen, Steve Mockford, and Kim van Dyk to name a few. Diane Clapp stepped down as chair, and Colin Gray took her place. The team promises to work together to bring MTRI towards a prosperous future!
On Monday, January 18, Nova Scotia's Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau visited MTRI along with several of his staff and colleagues. MTRI had its employees and some stellar volunteers attend the visit, where the Minister toured the facility, met the dedicated crew, and participated in an interactive presentation highlighting the research institute and its activities and achievements. He enjoyed some local treats and chatted about MTRI's fundraising campaign to improve its facilities and provide functional and efficient workspace for MTRI's ever growing staff and volunteer base.
The interactive presentation of the minister, his staff, and the MTRI crew and volunteers
There will be a dedicated team working through the winter this year at MTRI. We'd like to all wish you a relaxing holiday and happy new year. Thanks to everyone who made 2009 a productive and enjoyable year at the little research station that could - we hope to see you at our events in 2010!
Left to Right: Lesley Farrow, Cecile Vuillermet, Brad Toms, Jillian Barteaux, Rachel Thibodeau, Crystal Doggett, Wendy Whynot, Brennan Caverhill, Amanda Lavers.
On Saturday, December 5 from 5-9pm, volunteers from throughout the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve gathered in Caledonia at the legion to celebrate their efforts in the Greater Kejimkujik Ecosystem. Individuals who contributed to programs such as Blanding's turtle monitoring, Loon Watch, Piping Plover Guardian Program, Friends of Keji, Trout Monitoring, and so much more were honoured for their contribution to conservation in Atlantic Canada. Tom Herman was awarded the highest achievement for his lifelong contribution to research and conservation in Keji, while many more received kudos for their hard work and dedication. Thanks to the entire team!
Volunteers give a thumbs up for leaving their mark for conservation in the biosphere
This winter we will have our annual "March Break Day" where dozens of community members come to MTRI to learn and share their knowledge about wildlife in our province. In 2008 over 50 people came out to see Bullwinkle and celebrate the mainland moose on "Moose Day" and in 2009 dozens of folks spent time with Smokey and learned about the black bear on "Bear Day".
This year, we'd like to hear from YOU to help decide which animal to choose - would you rather learn about BATS, or COYOTES? Both are mysterious and misunderstood creatures who have been in the news of late, and we'd like to share what we know, and learn more from the community! You can vote by clicking on your preference on the left-hand side panel of the website.
We will release the results of the vote in the new year, so spread the word and tell your friends, and we'll hope to see you at MTRI over March Break!
Over 50 people attended MTRI's annual woodlot demonstration at the Rowter Family Woodland in Maitland Bridge on Saturday, November 14. Folks from throughout southwest Nova Scotia came to learn about woodland tidbits ranging from new technology in firewood preparation, tree identification, and woodlot certification, to salamander research, lichens, and flying squirrel monitoring. A leisurely stroll through the woods with fellow outdoors enthusiasts was capped off by a hot and tasty chili lunch mid-afternoon. Thanks to all those who attended and shared in the day! You can visit or join our Facebook group to see more photos of the event.
Dan Pittman shows Woodlot Demo participants how to split wood with a handy weighted splitter