Wednesday, February 24, 2021


Cougar / Puma / Mountain Lion / Panther (Puma ...Image via WikipediaThis interesting thread is taken from NBNature's digest:

Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 20:33:31 -0300 From: Todd Watts

Subject: Re: Mountain Lion in Connecticut

 The cats reported by Steven have been seen by other area residents. One of our closest neighbors reported seeing a long tailed cat cross highway #1 in one or two bounds, a friend observed one near Saint Andrews and people within one kilometer of my home reported seeing Cougar in a field behind their house. I cannot claim to have seen any evidence of these cats. However, it seems likely that one or more of these animals have been visiting this part of the province for many years. As one might expect, I am actively looking for signs of these creatures. Todd Watts Bocabec, NB On 27-Jul-11, at 6:39 PM, Brian Dalzell wrote:

Forwarded to the list with permission of Mr. Smith. >

>> Subject: Re: Mountain Lion in Connecticut >> From: Steven Smith
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 07:44:02 -0300 >> Cc: Steven Smith
To: Brian Dalzell

Good Morning Brian,

 I can't understand why there are so many skeptics in the province of New Brunswick regarding the Eastern Cougar.  All of my life I have been fortunate to have seen this elusive cat.  

As a child in Milltown NB my father caught two red squirrels and  put them in a cage and keep them in our barn.  My dad heard a noise and quietly called my brother and I too look,  the cougar or very large cat was in the barn trying to get our two  squirrels! My dad slammed the back door and it leaped out of the  barn.  One thing that I remember is that the long tail flipped from side  to side and it ran away.

A few years later about 1960 my neighbour had a brown boxer dog and   it had these brown sort of stand up ears. This dog would chase us not to bite but play with us.   This one weekend my grandmother, aunt, a few cousins and my friend went for a walk up through a field filled with tall unmown hay to  the the reservoir at Todd's Mountain. As we approached the hill I  spotted those two familiar stand up brown ears sticking up out the  hay, so we started running up to play with our neighbours dog and as we got closer, to our surprise a very large cougar stood up and  started down the hill toward us. We all started running for home.  The large cat only followed us for I will say fifty feet turned and   walked away. That was a exciting. 

 In 1971 I worked for my second cousin Charles Bartlett who owned  Woolastook Wild Life Park in Longscreek near Fredericton and he  trained me for a year as a games keeper especially with the Timber   Wolfs and Cougar named "Bob".   I became very familiar with his eating habits, how much he would eat at one sitting or what he would hoard to one side and save.  I will never forget the first time I had to clean out his pen and  picking up his scat, the size of it and it's distinct smell!  

In 1977 my wife Gail and I purchased a cottage at the Ledge Road on the banks of the Saint Croix River where we had created the Crocker Hill Studios and Gardens. Around the years from 1980 to about 1990 I would go searching for  pieces of granite to use in landscape our property.  I found an abandoned granite quarry at Todd's Point on the top of a  hill called "Mount Misery".  I was blessed I had never seen so much granite. I asked the permission to gather stones and park my car around this quarry. >> This is where I started gathering the stones for my garden design  and today in 2011 some of those stones are now here in St. Andrews.  We had an English Setter dog named Judd, beautiful guy.   I would take him with me on every trip to the quarry.  One day as we walked in on this over grown road into the quarry Judd stopped and didn't want to go any further, eventually he did.  As we walked over the top on of the quarry which had a lot of old  burnt trees and lichens, different mosses and a small pond made  from a hole out of a blasted area, I noticed a large patch of moss and earth all tore up and large scratch marks. I felt a bit uneasy.  I carried out a few stones and gathered a few other pieces, put in   a pile to get tomorrow.   Judd and I started back in the same road the next day and he again  did not want to go.   I had a leash on him and we went in and you would not believe the  mess that area around that pile of stones I put there the day before. All the mosses, plants, pieces of wood were tore up and  next to this was the largest pile of "Scat" that I had seen!  I knew it was a Cougar or the Eastern Mountain Lion. 

In 2000 I went to Fredericton to purchase a new VW and I still have it today. Over the years I would make at least four trips a year to Fredericton for VW service.  About five years ago I started out at 6:30 Fredericton on route 127 on approaching Watt Junction I saw a movement or something in the ditch maybe 1000 feet ahead of me. There was a car behind me I slowed down and there was a large Cougar strolling out of the ditch and gently crossed the road, flipped his tail and over the years to Fredericton I have see this large cat twice.  

 In March of 2011 I was on the Airline Highway to Bangor, Maine to pick up Gail at the Bangor Airport.  As you get close to Bangor you drive through an area with a lot of  high peaks of silver gray granite and very hilly. I was in a string of traffic that I had to follow at their speed or pull over.  As we drove I just happen to look over to my right into this sort of a clearing into some trees and up in one of the trees there was a large deer carcass hanging in the crotch of that tree. I could  not stop! How did it get up in that tree??   It was getting close to dark on the way home and I could not find  that dead hanging deer.   I will keep you posted.

steven smith

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Monday, November 6, 2017

FISHERIES: Just how much have things changed you ask! |

Some of us remember the Quoddy Region as a bustling centre of activity fed by the abundant fisheries of the area. In only a few decades this has changed dramatically as shown by this report from Fishing Grounds of the Gulf of Maine by Walter H. Rich which first appeared in the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Fisheries, Report of the United States Commissioner of Fisheries, for the fiscal year 1929
The Wolves. These make a group of small islands lying N. ½ E. from Grand Manan, distant 8 or 10 miles. On the bottom of rocks and gravel, extending about a mile from the shores of these, in depths of from 18 to 34 fathoms, small boats and small vessels take a quantity of fish by trawl and hand line. These are mainly haddock and cod grounds in May and June and pollock grounds in June and July. It is also a winter lobster ground for Canadian fishermen.
The Wolves Bank. This bank lies between The Wolves and Grand Manan, distant about 8 miles from East Quoddy Light, SE. ½ E. Marks: The Coxcomb showing to the eastward and just touching on the western edge of Green Island: bring the heads of Grand Manan to form The Armchair, and White Horse and Simpson Island into range. This is a small-boat ground of scarcely more than 6 acres, with depths of 18 to 30 fathoms on a bottom of rocks and mud. Species and seasons are as on The Wolves. Southeast from The Wolves from 2 to 20 miles lies a piece of muddy bottom where hake are usually abundant in summer.
Campobello and vicinity. Fair quantities of haddock and cod are found between Grand Manan and the American shore in the North Channel (Grand Manan Channel) between West Quoddy Head and Grand Manan in depths of from 40 to 50 fathoms, over a bottom of rocks, mud, and sand in June, July, and August and up to September 15, while hake is the most abundant species present.
No haddock or cod are on these grounds in winter. Halibut are taken in similar numbers in the North Channel in May, June, and July. Pollock are taken on the western side of Campobello Island, near the eastern side of Indian Island, and at the mouth of the channel between Campobello and Casco Bay Island. In all these places are strong tidal eddies. Some fish are taken by seining, but most are caught by hook and line in a small-boat fishery lasting from June 1 to September 1. All around Campobello and Deer Island and on the New Brunswick shore as far as St. John are located weirs, which furnish large quantities of herring to the factories at Eastport and Lubec.
Passamaquoddy Bay.   Depths here are from 10 to 24 fathoms, even 30 fathoms where the St. Croix River passes out into the sea. In general the bottom is muddy, although there are rocky patches. In most years a school of cod “strikes” here in April, the early corners being mostly of small size, but the later arrivals may reach 30, 40, or even 60 pounds. Haddock sometimes make their appearance in the bay as early as May 1, remaining through August. Hake, also, are present from June to September, but this excellent fish is held of little account by local fishermen. A considerable flounder industry is developing in these waters, the fish being taken in specially devised traps as well as by the smaller otter trawls.
Passamaquoddy Bay is also a spring netting ground for herring (food fish), and there are also many weirs in operation here each year whose catch goes to the factories of Eastport and Lubec for canning as sardines. Pollock are very abundant, and a great deal of fishing for them is carried on from June to October, both by seine and hand line. At times the pollock completely fill the many herring weirs, until, from their numbers, there is no market for them. Pollock are also abundant at the same season and are taken by the same methods in the St. Croix River, though  perhaps they leave the river a month earlier in the fall.
The Mud Hake Grounds. These grounds extend about N. and S. between Campobello and The Wolves and from about West Quoddy Head to Grand Manan. Their length is about 15 to 18 miles and their width 3½ miles. This is a summer ground much used by Canadian fishermen out of Campobello, Grand Manan, and Beaver Harbor. It is said to be the best hake grounds in this vicinity.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

True North Seafood Company product recalled over Listeria concern - Nova Scotia - CBC News

Recall applies to Toppers Smoked Salmon Flakes seasoned with lemon and dill

CBC News Posted: Nov 04, 2017 9:29 AM AT Last Updated: Nov 04, 2017 10:11 AM AT
The recall applies to the 113-gram package of Toppers Smoked Salmon Flakes seasoned with lemon and dill that have a product code of 7838 and best before dates up to and including Nov. 17, 2017.
The recall applies to the 113-gram package of Toppers Smoked Salmon Flakes seasoned with lemon and dill that have a product code of 7838 and best before dates up to and including Nov. 17, 2017. (Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

True North Seafood Company's Toppers Smoked Salmon Flakes seasoned with lemon and dill is under a potential national recall because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The recall applies to the 113-gram package with a product code of 7838 and best before dates up to and including Nov. 17, 2017. The product's UPC is 0 60719 72255 6.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the product is available in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Ontario, but may be available nationally.

The recall was triggered by agency test results.

There haven't been any illnesses associated with consuming the product.

According to the agency, symptoms of food contaminated with Listeria "can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk," it says in a posting on its website.

"Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth. In severe cases of illness, people may die."

Thursday, March 23, 2017

What's New at Sunbury Shores

Exhibition: Nature's Essence by Krista Hasson

Opening April 7, 5-7PM
On View April 7 - April 29

Learn more about Nature's Essence 
Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre is pleased to present Nature's Essence, an exhibition of watercolour batik by artist Krista Hasson. Please join us in celebrating spring and our first exhibition opening of 2017! The exhibition will open with a reception on April 7th from 5-7pm and will be on view in the Centre's Water Front Gallery from April 7th-April 29th. At this opening, you will also have the opportunity to meet our new Executive Director, Claire Shiplett. Please help us spread the word about this exhibition!
Krista Hasson is an emerging New Brunswick-based artist working in 2D with watercolor on rice paper. Her paintings are made using a method that is very untraditional to that of painting with watercolor. Working with rice paper and watercolor, she uses wax in a technique similar to batik. She creates many alternating layers of colour and wax, making paintings that are alive with colour, texture, and the beauty of nature.
Growing up in the country gave me a lasting connection with nature. The vast array of colorful flowers, beautiful landscapes and peaceful trails through the woods kept me captivated. These qualities of nature are what fuel my creative spirit and are reflected in my art. – Krista Hasson
Up Next: A Fortunate Adversity by Dawn MacNutt

Opening May 5, 5-7PM
On View May 5 - May 28

Learn more about A Fortunate Adversity
Trail Celebrations & Stories

April 8 & April 26

Learn more here

April 8, 2:00-4:00 PM

Hiking the Appalachian Trail was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Christine Taylorr. With her sights set on hiking the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, Taylor is giving an exciting and personal presentation about her Appalachian thru-hike to raise funds for her next adventure. 


April 26, 7:00-9:00 PM

Dianne Whelan will share her Canada Trail goals and experiences as she traverses 24,000 km across the Trans-Canada Trail. Check out her adventure film, 500 Days in the Wild, at

Summer Art Classes for Adults

Learn more here
Sculpting with Clay
with Melissa LeBlanc
June 26-30, 2017 
All levels welcome. No ceramic experience necessary. For ages 16+. In this workshop you will learn two basic techniques on creating small-scale figural sculptures, the creative process of sculpture making, as well as using oxide wash as a decorating finish to enhance texture.
Botanical Watercolour
with Cathy Ross
July 3-7, 2017
This course will introduce the student to a variety of water- colour techniques using flowers, fruit and vegetables for subject matter. Through demonstrations and discussions learn the wonderful versatility of watercolour while exploring the natural world. This class is designed for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills. Members of Sunbury Shores receive a 10% discount.
Five Rings in Five Days
with Kristyn Cooper
July 3-7, 2017 
In this introductory level course, you will learn some basic bench work techniques such as cutting, filing, forming, sodering and polishing through the building of five sterling silver rings. One bezel stone setting ring will top off this wonderful week in jewellery studio. Members of Sunbury Shores receive a 10% discount.

Incorporating Textural Elements in Ceramics
with Helen Stanley
July 10-14, 2017 
Helen Stanley has always been drawn to texture in anything and trying to use it in clay work is so rewarding. Let her share with you some of the tips and tricks as well as her stock of materials to make texture work on your pots! Members of Sunbury Shores receive a 10% discount.
Introduction to Flatware
with Brigitte Clavette
July 10-14, 2017 
In this introductory course, you will learn some basic metal forming techniques such as forging and fabrication to create small serving spoons. Prior knowledge of jewellery/metalsmithing skills will help you in your creative and technical approach, but novices are welcome and will be shown basic benchwork techniques such as cutting, filing, soldering. The end products should be varied with a mix of skill levels in the same course. Members of Sunbury Shores receive a 10% discount.


Painting Water
with Victoria Moon Joyce
July 10-14, 2017 
This workshop will address some of the key properties of water and its behaviour in light and depth. We will work on the three main planes of water: below the surface, surface reflections, and surface textures. The shoreline and wharf area of beautiful St Andrew's at various periods of the tide will provide ample subjects for observation and painting. Along with daily painting, there will be classroom demonstrations of technique and critique.

Level: intermediate to advanced


Collagraph Printmaking
with Robert Van de Peer
July 10-14, 2017 
Master Printmaker Robert van de Peer will be teaching the technique of collagraph printmaking at Sunbury Shores this summer.  Inspired by the highly sophisticated level this art form has been elevated to in the Cuban Art World.
Images are created on a cardboard support using mostly white acrylic paint to create textures. When dry, the delicate surfaces are inked and printed the same as an etching plate. Members of Sunbury Shores receive a 10% discount. 

Drawing for Beginners
with Jessie Babin
July 24-28, 2017 
This workshop is designed for individuals who wish to improve their drawing skills and develop a good foundation. Using a range of drawing tools, fundamental elements such as line, shape/form, perspective, light and shadow will be explored. Members of Sunbury Shores receive a 10% discount.
Mezzotint Printmaking
with Kath Kornelsen-Rutherford
July 24-28, 2017 
Mezzotint Printmaking takes copper etching to another level by using burnishing tools to create rich and varied tones. Learn this technique in Sunbury Shores' non toxic printshop with artist Kath Kornelsen-Rutherford this summer in beautiful St. Andrews by the Sea.

Painting Petroglyph Images
with Alan Syliboy
July 24-28, 2017 
An established Mi'kmaq artist, Alan Syliboy's work is influenced by the indigenous Mi'kmaq rock drawing and quill weaving traditions. Working in acrylic and mixed media, Alan creates vibrantly coloured images exploring the themes of family, searching, spirituality, struggle, and strength. 


Sculpting in Soft Stone
with Ken Waiwood
July 24-28, 2017 
This course will teach the basics of stone sculpting including approaches to sculpting, basic design, how to choose stone, how to work safely, using hand and power tools, how to finish and present sculpture. A combination of lectures, demonstrations, one on one instruction, and presentations from guest artists will be used. The course should appeal to both the beginner and highly motivated students who are interested in continuing with advanced techniques. 


Summer Art Classes for Kids and Teens

Learn more here
Model Boat Building Workshop
with William Foresstall (Ages 8+)
July 28-30 (date change), 2017
Join acclaimed artist William Forrestall for this wonderful weekend workshop on model boat building. Youth will work from a unique design, inspired by the model boat which Franklin D. Roosevelt made with his son. The workshop will focus on basic functional boat design featuring block boat, and working sail boat designs. Students will be able to design and build their own working model boats.  

Winter & Spring Art Classes 

1:00 - 3:30 PM
$25.00 / Session
APR 1-2
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

MAY 5-7
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


MAR 25 & 26
9:00-4:00 PM

APR 22-23
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

MAY 6-7
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM


MAR 29: 6-9 PM


$100/ 8 Sessions
MAY 27


Located in the heart of St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre's 130 year old building is newly renovated and offers world class facilities. The centre's 6,000 square feet provides two galleries for exhibitions, studios for painting, drawing, printmaking, jewellery & metalsmith, pottery and other art and nature programs.

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