Celebrating New Brunswick’s wilderness all year!
As New Brunswick Day festivities unfold over the weekend, there could be no better time to celebrate the astounding wildlife and wilderness of our province. At CPAWS-NB, we celebrate nature all year round and we invite you to share in the celebrations with our social media pages, community events, and our very own blog. Next week, our blog will reach its first major milestone: one year of celebrating New Brunswick’s wilderness through stories, science, and advocacy!
This year our blog has come to life to share New Brunswick’s nature and our conservation mission with you! Through 27 blog posts written by four dedicated volunteers, we’ve been able share our work with you – encouraging New Brunswickers to explore ecosystems from forests to coasts, to make conservation a part of our daily lives, and to engage with decision-makers when it comes to protecting New Brunswick’s natural areas.
We have explored our forest ecosystems, from the importance of conservation and sustainable forestry management in New Brunswick to the Top 10 Underrated Species of the Acadian Forest. If you’re out enjoying forests over the summer months, don’t forget to check out our post on spotting forest birds! Out of the forest and into the sea, our focus on increasing marine protected areas in the province has shone through the blog. This June, we listed 5 Reasons to Protect the Bay of Fundy and have given you reason to turn from sightseer to supporter of conservation projects, like marine protected areas, in the Bay. We’ve even broken down what exactly a marine protected area is in Canada! Our projects across ecosystems in New Brunswick inspires us and we hope it inspires you, too!
Protecting wilderness on land and in the ocean should be important to all New Brunswickers – in many ways, our culture and our identities are tied to nature! This year we have encouraged you to take action for protecting nature in your daily lives, from low impact ways to connect with nature in provincial parks to setting your New Year’s conservation resolution. Through the stories we share and the lists we curate, we hope to inspire New Brunswickers to get outside for their daily dose of Vitamin N(ature) and to enjoy nature in all seasons! We also hope to strengthen your voice when speaking up for nature as we all work together to protect our province’s beautiful and important places.
This year we shared the work of scientists to tell the Canadian conservation story: Canada is a Conservation Super-Nation with an important responsibility for taking action, and most Canadians agree that about half of our land and ocean areas should be protected. Conservation is a smart insurance policy in New Brunswick and across Canada for a sustainable future where our communities and wildlife thrive in a healthy environment.
As our blog continues to blossom in the coming year, we hope to ignite a love of nature and a passion for conservation action among New Brunswickers. The staff and volunteers of CPAWS-NB wish you a happy and safe New Brunswick Day, and hope you’ll enjoy some time outside in the wilderness this weekend!
Interested in contributing to our blog? We’re looking for help! Fill out a quick volunteer application today!
Header photo of New Brunswick’s Black-Capped Chickadee on Grand Manan by Nick Hawkins.
Julie Reimer is a PhD student at the Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Board Member of CPAWS-NB. Having worked in the whale watching industry in New Brunswick and conducted her Master’s research on conservation planning for the North Atlantic right whale, Julie is an advocate for MPAs in New Brunswick. Julie’s current research attempts to see the “bigger picture” of conservation, reaching beyond protected areas to understand the synergies between conservation actions and ocean industries. To connect with Julie, visit http://juliereimer.wixsite.com/hello.