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


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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What is the MTRI phone survey?

The Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute was established in 2004 and within a couple of years was able to purchase its field station in the small rural community of Kempt, Queens County. To achieve its goal of promoting sustainable resource use, members of the MTRI co-operative have adopted ambitious education and outreach objectives and always strive to keep the lines of communication open between members and researchers and with the public. MTRI’s plan for outreach includes a number of signature events such as monthly seminars about local research projects through the winter and a weekly series of seminars throughout the summer. Each year, MTRI hosts a Woodlot Demonstration in the fall and an Open House around the Christmas holiday. MTRI also works with North Queens schools to bring students to the field station in early summer to meet researchers. All of these education projects, and others, are advertised through local newspapers, by word of mouth, and other means. To evaluate the success of these efforts, phone surveys to local residents have been ongoing.


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