Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) – January 2023

Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute

Sit Back Seminar: January 31, 2023

Seminar: Using satellites to monitor your lemon sharks
Seminar: Using satellites to monitor lemon sharks

Nothing stirs up fears of the ocean more than the thought of a shark, but what if the real monster was in the mirror? Join us today, Jan. 31, from 7-8 p.m. for our first Sit Back Seminar of 2023. We will be joined by Emily Cormier (she/her), an MSc candidate at Dalhousie University, for her talk An Eye in the Sky: Using Satellites to Monitor Young Lemon Sharks.

Sharks often receive a negative reputation as deadly predators, but humans are much more deadly to sharks. Hunting, pollution and habitat loss have driven 1 out of 3 shark and ray species to become at risk of extinction. Emily will introduce us to the diversity of sharks, the importance of coastal habitats for shark nurseries, and how her project is using satellite imagery to understand critical shark habitats and better protect them.

Like all of our seminars, this one will be recorded and available on our Facebook page,, as well as our YouTube,,  account.

World Wetlands Day, February 2, 2023

World Wetlands Day - Celebrate Wetlands, Feb 2, 2023
World Wetlands Day – Celebrate Wetlands, Feb 2, 2023

Wetlands are some of the most wildlife-filled, diverse, water-saving, climate change-fighting ecosystems you will ever find! Join us and other organizations on Thursday, Feb. 2, for World Wetlands Day, a day dedicated to celebrating wetlands and all the benefits they provide.

Want to learn more about wetlands? MTRI Ecologist, Chad Simmons gave a seminar discussing wetlands and their benefits that you can watch here.


Shubenacadie Sam Groundhog prediction, Feb 2, 2023
Shubenacadie Sam Groundhog prediction, Feb 2, 2023

Did you know Groundhog Day is also World Wetland Day? Join our Species at Risk Biologist Lori Phinney and Reptile Researcher Carter Feltham at the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park on Thursday, Feb. 2 to see Shubenacadie Sam, who is making his prediction at 8 AM!

There will be interactive informative booths in the Wetland Centre from MTRI, Ikanawtiket (Maritime Aboriginal Aquatic Resources Secretariat), the Museum of Natural History, and more!


Protecting Wetlands, Feb2, 2023, Captain Spry Centre Library, Ecology Actoon ventre.
Protecting Wetlands, Feb 2, 2023, Captain Spry Centre Library, Ecology Action Centre.

You can also join MTRI, the Ecology Action Centre and Nature Nova Scotia during World Wetlands Day at the Captain Spry Centre in HRM from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. for a collaborative workshop exploring the importance of wetlands in Nova Scotia.

The workshop will include brief presentations about different aspects of wetlands, followed by activities for participants to brainstorm and discuss ideas for future wetlands management. Visit the link below for more information and to register.

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