Fredericton Nature Club has many activities the community can participate in. Bird watching is an activity for the whole family. All you need is a good pair of binoculars and an interest in birds. In Fredericton and surrounding areas there is lots of opportunities for bird watching - summer or winter. below are some of the hot spots for birding.

Carol Wakeham submitted some photos she has taken over the past few years at Mactaquac Park. Here is her Gallery.

Pileated woodpecker by Graham Forbes

Saturday, October 7, 2023 turned out to be an overcast but mild day for the morning trip to walk the Beaver Pond Trail.

After leaving the resident Rock Pigeon and Mallard flocks and a distant Lesser Scaup behind at Carleton Park, we drove upriver through fall foliage to Mactaquac Park. Our group of ten walked the 1.3-km. trail, keeping an eye out for birds and interesting flora.
Our bird list for the walk consists of: Blue Jay, Canada Goose, Black-capped Chickadee, Raven, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Wood Duck, Crow, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper and White-throated Sparrow.
Expert eyes also found Interrupted Fern, various mushrooms and Bluebead Lily.Other features of the level, well-marked trail are many painted stones, duck nesting boxes, seats made from a fallen tree and stumps, interpretive panels for frogs and fungi, a trail map panel, gazebo, beaver deceiver and a boardwalk with seating.

Coincidentally, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) was conducting their “Thanks to Nature” outdoor appreciation program along the trail. We met several volunteers and a large group of NBCC students enjoying the wooded trail.

A side trip to the powerhouse parking lot below the dam turned up a Great Blue Heron and a flock of 15 female and immature Common Mergansers.


Text by Doug Jackson. Photos by Jane Loughborough