Photo credit: Joel Robinson. Minke whale, St. Andrews, N.B., Canada


This program will investigate the unique dynamics of the Bay of Fundy coastal and marine habitats.  

Dates: Arrival = TBA for 2020 and 2021

Non-refundable Program fee: $XXX USD

Registration: Click on the course title to enter course and register through PayPal during open enrollment. You do not need a PayPal account to register. You must have a free account in the Education Hub and be signed in to register for this course.

Important! Do not purchase air travel until you are notified the course has met minimum enrollment.

Maximum number of students for this session = 10

Prerequisites: 

A keen interest in marine ecology and be at least 18 years old. This program is geared towards university students and degreed professionals interested in the biodiversity of this area. All adults with an interest in this topic are welcome to participate.

Participants must submit a liability and photography release form. A copy of this form is available on the Home Page of this Education Hub for preview and is included in the course materials. Proof of medical insurance is required. MCERC highly recommends travel insurance covering unexpected events, including weather, as all program fees are non-refundable.

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Participants will explore behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation, climate change, and marine policy and management, of marine and coastal species in and around the area near St. Andrews, Bay of Fundy. There will be a strong focus on marine mammals, sea birds, and other megafauna. 

Field excursions include sampling techniques relevant to the study of local ecosystems. At least one boat trip is planned for this program (weather dependent) with a focus on studying marine megafauna in the Bay of Fundy. Cetaceans are foraging on their high latitude areas providing an opportunity to observe behaviors, learn identification techniques for effective research, the role of citizen scientists in current research, and discuss the connectivity with the warm weather ecosystem from a commercial whale watching vessel. 

Focal points and learning objectives;

       Ethograms for the scientific investigation

       Reproductive strategies of local species

       Foraging strategies of local marine mammals

       Keystone species role in ecosystem balance

       Wildlife photography for capture-recapture studies of marine and coastal megafauna

       Acoustic data collection and useful tools for analysis

       Marine resources management in local, regional, and global areas

Preparation for this program include reading peer reviewed publications selected by the faculty and provided in the course materials. 

You must be able to walk on beaches, be comfortable on board a small boat traveling at high speed, and walk through coastal areas without paved access.

Students and instructors will meet at the selected campgrounds near St. Andrew, New Brunswick, Canada. MCERC will provide a large community tent for camping and all meals. Participants may elect to bring their own tent if they prefer. All participants will bring their sleeping bag and will need a vehicle to travel to the field sites each day. We recommend participants get together and share a vehicle for the duration of the program.

Program fees include the course curriculum, camping site and a space in the large tent, and all fees associated with field excursions. Program fees do not include transportation to the camp location.