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ABOUT US

We are a non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to celebrate, conserve and protect New Brunswick’s natural heritage, through education, networking and collaboration. Founded in 1972 as the New Brunswick Federation of Naturalists, the organization is presently comprised of a dozen naturalist clubs and hundreds of members across the province.

In addition to encouraging a better understanding of the natural environment and awakening concern for our province’s natural heritage, Nature NB recognizes the importance of actions to preserve and maintain that natural heritage. We achieve both through various programs for youth and adults, and through the development of educational materials.


OUR STAFF

Vanessa Roy-McDougall
Executive Director
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Lewnanny Richardson
Species at Risk Program Director
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Adam Cheeseman
Program Director
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Alysha McGrattan
Program Director
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Lauren Stead
Program Manager
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Jenna Knorr
Engagement Manager
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Samuel LeGresley
Communications Coordinator
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Julie Bauer
Program Coordinator
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Caitlyn Robert
Program Coordinator
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Francie Morgan
Program Coordinator
Lauren Verner
Program Coordinator
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Micheal Abercrombie
Finance and Office Coordinator
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OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Anne Marie Leger
Co-President

Bird watching was my introduction to the beauty and fragility of the world around us, sparking an interest in conservation and education. I became involved in Citizen Science in the Toronto area where my husband and I worked and raised our children. We feel fortunate that we could retire and live beside the beautiful Restigouche River. Enjoying retirement, I am looking forward to participating in education and conservation efforts as a Director of Nature NB.

Sonya Hinds
Co-president

I moved to Miramichi from Alberta in 2012 and I am very glad that I did! I had a deep appreciation and love of nature before, but now it is enhanced by all that there is to see, do, and learn here in New Brunswick and the Maritimes. I am a keen birder, and every year I challenge myself to improve so I can do my own big year. I retired a year and a half ago so now I can devote all my time to nature!

Roland Chiasson
Past President

I am currently a working member of the Aster Group, an environmental workers cooperative, s a wildlife biologist and environmental educator. Not too long ago, my partner Sabine Dietz and I co-directed the species at risk program on the Acadian Peninsula for Nature NB. You can usually find me taking walks in older forest, admiring the natural sights and sounds.

Matt Killick
Treasurer

Mike Lushington
Secretary

I am a writer, an organic farmer and gardener, a coach in cross country skiing and biathlon, and a lifelong naturalist. I have been a long-term member of the Restigouche Naturalists’ Club and a founding member of the Jacquet River Nature Club, a steward for the Restigouche Estuary IBA, and an active promoter of the wonders of Restigouche County.

Pierre Janin
Director

I came to Moncton in 2008 from Paris to work in the translation industry. Since 2015, my spouse and I have been more and more interested in eating healthier, reducing our wastes, protecting nature and getting to know New Brunswick and its diversity. I’ve been translating for Nature NB for over a year now. I also do wildlife photography, birding, gardening and plan on building my little backyard nursery to share and protect our native species, and hopefully, recreate as much lost habitat as possible.

Cheyenne Dickinson
Director

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Northern British Columbia, and a master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management from Dalhousie University. I have worked in the fields of ornithology, environmental advocacy and education, and sustainable transportation for organizations including CPAWS-NS, the Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation, the Ecology Action Centre, and Active and Safe Routes to School. My interests include sewing, camping, hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, and pretty much any other type of outdoor adventure. I live in Fredericton with my husband, three young daughters, and a Portuguese Water Dog of questionable intelligence.

Jennifer Dingman
Director

Tony Diamond
Director

As Research Professor of Wildlife Ecology at UNB since 1994, I supervised over 50 graduate students in forest bird and seabird ecology, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 2016. Before that I had been senior chair of a wildlife research network involving Canadian Wildlife Service and Memorial and Acadia Universities as well as UNB. I came to NB from Saskatoon where I had been director of CWS’s Prairie and Northern Wildlife Research Centre since 1988, where I had moved from CWS in Ottawa. Before 1983 I was based in Oxford in the U.K. and carried out ecological research there and in Kenya, the Seychelles, and the West Indies, working for ICBP (now BirdLife International), Universities of Oxford and Nairobi, and my Ph.D at Aberdeen University. My wife Dorothy and I live near Stanley on 100 acres of ‘farm woodlot’ which we are trying to restore to Acadian forest. 

Fred Richards
Director

Upon returning to the Maritimes, I found my love of nature was re-invigorated after having lived most of my adult life working in the technology industry in Southern Ontario. My wife and I moved to New Brunswick in 2011 and a neighbour introduced us to Nature Moncton. I have been a member of the Moncton club for 10 years and president since September 2020. We enjoy being part of Nature Moncton and the time spent with people in outdoor activities. My interests include gardening, cooking / eating, reading, cycling, woodworking and being outdoors. My interest in the natural world started as a child when my parents would take us out to gather edibles, fish or dig clams for our supper. Now, after my retirement, I have more time to be involved in projects with Nature Moncton and look forward to many more adventures.

Wendy Rogers

Director


THANK YOU

Nature NB and our programs are supported by:

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