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Nature Moncton September Meeting: How Marshes Become Dykelands
Tuesday 18 September 2018 - 07:00pm - Tuesday 18 September 2018 
How Marshes Became Dykelands

Location: Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge (across from Cabela’s) 
Speaker:  Ronnie-Gilles LeBlanc 
As naturalists and bird watchers, we roam over many wild places. And in our quests we often find ourselves in or near the very rich-in-biodiversity salt marshes of the region. But many of the most accessible marshes having now been converted to dykelands, have you ever asked yourself why and how that happened? The presentation offered at Nature Moncton’s September meeting will focus on this subject.  The talk given by well- renowned historian Ronnie-Gilles LeBlanc, who has had a long and illustrious career with the Université de Moncton and Environment Canada, will help us understand better these very special places. Without people realizing it, much of the Bay of Fundy's polders or dykeland in both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia offers some of the best farmland in the world which hasbeen achieved thanks to the « aboiteaux ». This technology, which originated in North America with French settlers nearly four hundred years ago, has evolved very little over the centuries. Considered among the first major civil engineering works on this continent, the aboiteau system allowed the Acadian people to prosper until the middle of the eighteenth century and it is thanks to this technology that the agricultural regions of the Bay of Fundy flourished in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This presentation will address issues such as the origin of the aboiteau system as well as its operation, with illustrations from yesterday and today that will illuminate for usthe complexity of a device designed to cope with the most powerful tides in the world.As naturalists, knowledge of nature is always something we strive for and this presentation should help us understand much better an important part of the natural world that surrounds us. Don’t miss it!

Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge
600 Mapleton Rd.
E1G 0N3

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