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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On August 26, seniors from the North Queens area, including a group from the North Queens Nursing home, participated in a MTRI seminar event at the Mersey River Chalets. It was a lovely, sunny afternoon to sit in the Mersey River Chalets' octagonal dining room and listen to presentations given by Joyce Grant-Smith, Jane Barker and Jeffie MacNeil. The seniors learned about the New Horizons Project, Seniors Interviewing Seniors, about forest protection, and about Blanding's turtles. Everyone then took refreshments outside, where they could enjoy the rushing water of the river and the breeze rustling in the trees.
Over the summer 10 geocaches with information on different research projects ongoing at MTRI have been placed in the surrounding region. Each geocache is located at a site where research is being done! So far 7 of the 10 geocaches have been placed and listed on geocaching.com while the other 3 are expected to be in place by the end of September!
The Clapp Conservation Award honours the remarkable efforts of Diane and Harold Clapp, founding members and long-time volunteers who have led by example in building MTRI. The purpose of this award is to encourage and build youth capacity for conservation in southwestern Nova Scotia. 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.
The Nova Scotia Bat Conservation web page is actively taking past and present bat sightings for the 2014 season. Reports can be submitted online at www.batconservation.ca or phoned in to the Species at Risk hotline 1-866-727-3447. Click here to read the Department of Natural Resources press release.
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