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

Welcome to the website of Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute


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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Backyard Biodiversity

Backyard Biodiversity

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 Two jobs available - deadlines
April 18th & 28th

Join our team! We are currently hiring a New Horizons Project Co-ordinator for Senior Citizens and Summer Students.


Annual Report now available online!



Blanding's Turtle Recovery Project Donation! 

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! 



 2013 Science Conference

The Second Annual MTRI Science Conference took place on November 1st 2013 at the NSCC Lunenburg Campus in Bridgewater. Please vist the Conferences section (under News & Events) for more information. The abstracts and presentations have now been posted!



The bat reporting hotline and websites have closed for the season. Please go to the following link for more information

Report all sightings of day flying bats directly to the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.


A new map of Butterfly Club members!

Butterfly Club members and butterfly enthusiasts can share stories and pictures with one another now on the Butterfly Club page on Facebook.  We encourage everyone to join by searching "Butterfly Club" or by visting and clicking on "like" in the top right corner. Are you interested in joining the Butterfly Club and creating habitat for the Monarch on your property or in your community? If yes, please call 682-2371 to get started.