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Winter “Team Wethead”

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

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Wetlands in Winter, TWC’s award-winning program for visiting schools gets underway in February. This experiential program for all grade levels teaches through hands-on experience, the importance of wetlands even in the coldest months of the year.

Visitors will head out onto the marsh by snowshoe to sample the aquatic life thriving beneath the ice and to examine a wide varitey of tracks and scat left behind by our winter residents.

The Wetheads who ‘run this show’ recently gathered on the weekend to prepare the equipment and review the key components of the program. We are all looking forward to another exciting winter in the wetlands, so call now to make arrangements to join us.

On the Road Again: TWC visits School District 14

Friday, January 20th, 2006

TWC in partnership with Educating For Sustainability in NB “touched down” in Woodstock in January to deliver two workshops for District 14 teachers. The first session focused on the water, soil and habitat units in the elementary curriculum and provided teachers with an opportunity to explore a variety of hands-on classroom activities and resources. The theme of the second day was Environmental Stewardship. This activity-based workshop, for middle school teachers, focused on empowering young people to become environmental stewards. We want to thank our hosts from School District 14 and the wonderful group of teachers who participated.

TWC travels to School District 10

Friday, December 16th, 2005

TWC recently joined forces again with Learning For A Sustainable Future in NB to deliver two workshops for District 10 elementary teachers. The activity-based sessions were held at the District 10 School Board office in St. Stephen, NB and focused on the water, soil and habitats units of the curriculum for grades 2, 3 & 4. We want to thank the great group of enthusiastic teachers who participated and the District 10 office staff for making us feel right at home. Plans are to return again in March, 2006.

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Population Dynamics Programs Underway

Friday, November 25th, 2005

Mid November marks the start of TWC’s popular Population Dynamics Program. Over a two-week period, 250 New Brunswick students will work along-side trapper Dan Sears and the TWC staff to manage the muskrat populations of both the Centre and the Sackville Waterfowl Park. In addition to learning a great deal about factors related to population changes, program participants study muskrats up close and personal in this experiential program.

Teaching About Water- A Workshop for Grade 2 Teachers

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

TWC in partnership with Learning for A Sustainable Future delivered a workshop on October 28th for Grade 2 teachers from New Brunswick Districts 2, 6, 8 and 10. The goal of this workshop was to support teachers in their efforts to teach students about water. A busy day of indoor and outdoor activities concluded in bright sunshine with each school represented receiving a number of classroom resources including the Project Wet Curriculum & Activity guide.

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Grand Lake Meadows Workshop Held for NB Teachers

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

On October 21st, TWC introduced teachers from District 17 and 18 to THE GRAND LAKE MEADOWS WETLAND EDUCATION PROGRAM. With funding from MRDC and in partnership with New Brunswick’s Department of Natural Resources, this program was developed by TWC Staff Biologist, Susan Bowes to help teachers inform students about the ecological and cultural significance of the Grand Lake Meadows region. While the water in The Meadows was extremely high, teachers enjoyed both the morning classroom and afternoon field trip sessions.

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Environment Minister Visits TWC

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

New Brunswick’s Minister of the Environment, Hon. Dale Graham paid a visit to TWC on October 11 to plant a tree to commemorate the Centre’s 2004 Environmental Leadership Award. Following the ceremony, Minister Graham along with Business New Brunswick Minister, Hon. Peter Mesheau took some time to join the Wetheads and band some ducks. The Province of New Brunswick has been a major supporter of TWC and its programs for students and we appreciated the opporunity to share with the Ministers some of what we are up to.

Programs for the Community

Monday, September 12th, 2005

TWC offered several programs for area residents this spring and summer.
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Awesome Summer in the Wetlands

Monday, September 12th, 2005

Summer in the Wetlands was awesome. We had three great students who were involved in research, site maintenance and habitat enhancement. We started the summer by doing some much needed painting and habitat work. We also established a new song bird feeding station in the nursery that has attracted several species including chickadees, goldfinches, nuthatches and the occassional pheasant! This summer a great deal of wildlife survey work was done. The highlight was the breeding marsh bird surveys where we documented 2 pairs of virginia rails. We had great brood production and 6 male wood ducks hung around the marsh all summer. We examined aquatic invertebrate populations in various habitat types and began a plant collection and database. Our research on the effectiveness of Galerucella on loosestrife continued with an added component this year. In an effort to better quantify the life history of this beetle we did a controlled study measuring the timing of various stages. We had many visitors including Elderhostel groups and summer youth camps. All in all it was great summer and we had tons of fun!
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Wetheads Rock!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

This year 70-plus Tantramar students representing all grades looked after running our wetlands centre. These folks looked after everything from banding ducks to managing the number of muskrats in the marsh. Most of their time however was spent teaching others what they themselves have learned about the importance of wetlands. During this school year more than 4000 pupils and teachers from 48 different schools visited our wetland centre! Rain or shine, in French and English, these Wetheads consistently earned top marks from the visitors for their ability to make our programs both informative and entertaining.

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