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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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Hemlock Destroying Pest Public Info Sessions throughout SWNS!

Hemlock woolly adelgid is an invasive insect that has recently been discovered in hemlock forests in western Nova Scotia. A series of free public presentations/information sessions will be happening during the months of February and March throughout south west Nova Scotia. This is a chance for you to learn more, ask questions, and participate in an open discussion.

Sessions will be from 6:30 to 8:00pm; refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, February 13th: Shelburne fire hall/community centre: 63 King St., Shelburne.
Tuesday, February 20th: Weymouth Legion, Weymouth.
Tuesday, February 27th: North Queens Business Hub, Caledonia.
Wednesday, March 7th: St. Johns Angelican Church, New Germany.
Monday, March 12th: Brickton Community Hall, Brickton.

Sissiboo Cafe, Bear River - Date to be determined

Please check back to to stay updated; call us at (902) 682-2371 or email Also see our Facebook page and Instagram account: @merseytobeatic!


Winter Seminar Series 2016

MTRI learns alot about the environment through its research, but that information does not become fully valuable until it is shared. This is why we host a variety of seminars, or public presentations, throughout the year. In the summer, our Summer Seminar Series brings in over a dozen speakers on a weekly basis, while our Fall and Winter Seminars occur once a month. Check out the topics below to see what whets your whistle, and give us a call if you have an idea for another topic that would tickle your fancy!


Don't miss May's seminar!




 Winter Seminar Series 2015

Our exciting semimars usually take place on Thursday evenings, once a month in the winter.  Snacks provided!

Keep your eyes peeled on our website and facebook for more information about our winter seminars. Information will be posted as it becomes available!


May 27th, 2015 - 'Language of Mi'kma'ki: Place Names' - Dr. Bernie Francis

April 30th, 2015 - 'Protecting Kejimkujik's Fishing Legacy' - Darrin Reid

March 14th, 2015 - 'Bees, Butterflies and Other Pollinators' - Annual March Break Day

February 26th, 2015 - 'Memory Circle'

January 29th, 2015 - 'Species at Risk Work in Kespukwitk' - Sarah Jermey




Summer Seminar Series 2014

Each summer, MTRI hosts a weekly seminar on a natural history related topic that is of interest to the community. These seminars are presented by students, professors, community members, and field experts to  happy crowd, complete with lemonade and popcorn!

The 2014 summer line up included eight exciting talks covering a wide array of topics!



Thursday 10th - 'An Adventure in Africa' with Wesley Pitts, a research assistant at MTRI and wildlife photographer. 

Thursday 17th - 'Projects at MTRI' with New Horizons Project and MTRI staff. 

Thursday 24th - 'Secrets of the Eastern Mountain Avens' with Diane La Rue, a botanist and research at MTRI

Thursday 31st - 'What's the Plan for Western Crown Lands?' with Matt Miller of the Ecology Action Center




Thursday 7th - 'Where are the Bats?' with Mark Elderkin, the provincial species at risk biologist with DNR

Thursday 14th - 'Watersheds and You' with Charlynne Robertson the watershed restortation project officer for Clean NS

Thursday 21st - 'Milkweed and Monarchs' with Larry and Alison Bogan who have been creating Monarch habitat and raising Monarchs for over 7 years

Thursday 28th - 'Reading Journeys through Eastern Old Growth Forests: A Narrative Guide' with Jamie Simpson an author and adventurer from southern Nova Scotia


Past Fall and Winter Seminars






Past Summer Seminar Series

Every summer, MTRI hosts a weekly seminar on a natural history topic of interest in the community. Students, professors, community members, and other experts present to a happy crowd, complete with snacks. Click on a poster to see it in detail.






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