Thursday, April 29, 2021

CLIMATE CHANGE: Whales and Climate topic

My co-editors and I are excited to announce a new topic on Whales and Climate in Frontiers in Marine Science. 

The aim of the Whales and Climate topic is to provide research that advances understanding of the complex relationship between baleen whales and climate change. Climate impacts on the marine environment are intrinsically complex; they are characterized by uncertainty, delays, non-linearities, and a multiplicity of pathways, which can mask the cause-effect relationships. We seek research that helps to quantify this complexity of interactions between climate change and mysticetus. The aim is set to shed light on how past, present, and future climate conditions influence a whale's life cycle such as breeding, feeding, migrating, and recovery. It is also to evaluate the relative vulnerability of different populations and species to climate change. Defining impacts and possible relationships with climate

WHALES: New book on North Atlantic right whales

Disappearing Giants: The North Atlantic Right Whale

Scott Kraus, Marilyn Marx, Heather Pettis, Amy Knowlton, Ken Mallory

Publisher: Fitzhenry and Whiteside, Markham, ON

Paperback/140 pages

Disappearing Giants tells the story of one of the most endangered large whales in the oceans today, from the whaling history for which it is named, to the most up-to-date research efforts and population status. Illustrated throughout with beautiful photos, it describes how individual right whales are identified, how they feed, migrate, and face the challenges of life in the industrialized North Atlantic Ocean.  The authors, long-time right whale researchers from the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at New England Aquarium in Boston, hope this book will bring awareness to this wondrous but threatened whale species and the tremendous efforts being  taken to help North Atlantic right whales  avoid extinction and thrive far into the future.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

ISSUES: Is the Proposed Dam Removal on the St. Croix River Really a Good Thing?

The St. Croix River and its estuary has a long history of heavy commercial use, the impacts of which can still be observed in the waters and sediments of the watershed, including western Passamaquoddy Bay. Additionally, the marine and freshwater flora and fauna has been diminished significantly and for many decades anadromous fish species, in particular, have had restricted access to their up-river spawning areas.

In the 1960s, the Woodland mill dumped black liquor directly into the river for nearly 10 years causing the virtual death of the river. Since this practice was brought to an end, the river has

Sunday, April 26, 2020

DISTANCE LEARNING: Stuck at home with the Kid's. Here's a fun whale project to keep them busy!

This "Blue Whale Puppet" was inspired by one I saw online somewhere. I've included 2 sizes, 8-1/2 x 11 and 11 x 17. Print your size choice on heavy card stock, cut out the parts, punch holes in the appropriate places and insert paper fasteners in the holes or you can use heavy twine tied on both sides. Hang your finished artwork on the wall where everyone can enjoy it ... and maybe play with it a bit.
Want to add a little more time onto this project? I've included black and white versions so your kids can paint or color their creations before they assemble the puppet.
Maybe they can come up with some titles to add ... like "I whale always love you!" or "I'm looking for a porpoise"... you know, something that adds more fun for everyone.

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Enjoy, Art MacKay

Saturday, April 25, 2020

OPINION - Frankenfish coming to Bay of Fundy soon?

© Art MacKay

Atlantic salmon swim to forefront of science
By JOHN McPHEE Environment Reporter, Halifax Chronicle-Herald
Thu. Dec 10, 2010

A genetically modified Atlantic salmon escapes from a fish farm into a river.

But it doesn’t live long enough to enjoy its freedom. Because the salmon isn’t eating a particular feed, a "kill gene" kicks in and it dies.

It may sound like science fiction but researchers are well on their way to this kind of genetic tweaking, said Fred Whoriskey, of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, in an interview Wednesday.

Genome mapping and research will eventually open up a wide array of biological tools. Most of them

Friday, April 24, 2020

ISSUES: 20 Years ago Olympia Snow"s "pity lecture" pointed to serious issues. Have things changed?

This was published 20 years ago and brought to light many of the serious issues facing folks along our Atlantic coast. I am astounded that the issues have only become more serious. Or am I wrong?

Monday, April 20, 2020

Sunday, April 19, 2020

FOOD - It seems we used to make our own ketchup ... and catsup!

WOW!! The old Grand Manan Cookbook is filled with surprises! But ketchup and catsup both?

LOOKING BACK: The Phalarope is Fundy's "canary" ... is it dead or dying

This article was written 20 years ago. During that time right whales have moved northward and the presence of Phalaropes has been "up and down" according to the few reports we have received. Is anyone aware of recent studies?

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

EXPLORE: The Strange Rocks of Campobello Island, Bay of Fundy

Some of Campobello‘s young people like to call the ledge off the island’s Liberty Point “Frog Rock.” Some also see the image of a turtle.

With a little imagination, the image of the stone stack below Campobello’s Friar’s Head reveals an “Old Friar.” A Passamaquoddy legend speaks of the stack as a young Indian maiden, turned to stone while awaiting the return of her lover. The cracks in the “Old Friar” indicate he is likely to loose his head in the not too distant future.

LOOKING BACK: A tunnel to PEI?

The Northumberland Tunnel, the Big Question in the Little Province

by johnwood1946
We Must Have It — The Tunnel to P.E.I.
By Bird Bear Press, as found in a CBC online article
Prince Edward Island joined Confederation on the understanding that a reliable year-round mode of communication would be established between the island and the mainland.                                                      Ferry services turned out to be very unreliable, however, and P.E.I. was left isolated for long periods of time. Proposals were brought forward in the late 19th Century to install a steel and concrete tube on the floor of the Northumberland Strait to serve as a tunnel. This idea was abandoned by around 1900 in favor of a more conventional excavated tunnel.
Alfred Burke was a Prince Edward Islander, a Catholic priest, a self-trained agriculturalist, and an advocate for public works. He supported the construction of the tunnel and explained the whole background in a 1905 article entitled The Northumberland Tunnel, the Big Question in the Little Province. Following is his presentation.
The Northumberland Tunnel, the Big Question in the Little Province
In the great game of land-grab which the provinces of Canada are now playing with such

Saturday, April 4, 2020

DISTANCE LEARNING - Why now is a good time to become a backyard biologist!

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

LOOKING BACK: Advice to Emigrants to New Brunswick, 1881 (from John Wood)

Advice to Emigrants to New Brunswick, 1881

by johnwood1946
'Lawrence Camp' on the Tobique River, in about 1915
William Notman & Son, from the McCord Museum
The New Brunswick Land and Lumber Company received a federal charter in 1881, and owned over 1.6-million acres of land in northern New Brunswick, principally along the Tobique River. They were given responsibility for all manner of commercial undertakings within this territory, including lumbering, farming, mining, etc., and to provide ancillary services such as manufacturing and transport. They also undertook to sell parts of their holdings to would-be settlers. One of their publications was Guide to New Brunswick which was directed toward tourists and sportsmen, but most importantly to

Thursday, December 12, 2019

MARINE LIFE: Mysid Shrimp at Passamaquoddy Bay

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Mysid Shrimp - Winter Food for Young Groundfish
4 pages, published 12/12/2019
Mysids are tiny shrimp-like marine invertebrates that are distributed mainly in the coastal zone of the Arctic and high boreal seas. Several species also inhabit northern freshwater lakes. Fifteen species are recognized. This Resource file provides basic information and links to online references.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Saturday, October 26, 2019

VIKINGS: Butternut tree suggests Vikings ‘went well beyond L’Anse aux Meadows,’ amateur historian says

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The endangered butternut tree may hold clues to where else the Vikings visited in Canada. (Elke Semerad/CBC)

An amateur historian believes an endangered New Brunswick tree species strongly indicates that Vikings once visited the province.
The butternut tree is found along the lower St. John River Valley and was once quite bountiful before over-harvesting.
This tree is found in New Brunswick, but not in Newfoundland.
At L’Anse aux Meadows, the only confirmed Viking site in Canada, located in Newfoundland and

Friday, October 25, 2019

ISSUES: Nuclear Radiation ... you can't see it, smell it or taste it ... why worry?

It's true. You generally can't see, taste, or smell nuclear radiation and folks really, really don't seem to worry about it.

See what it looks like and understand that some forms of radiation can penetrate your body with harmful impacts. And it can kill!!