UPEI Lupine Research Project

Do you have older pictures of lupines flowering? Researchers at UPEI are studying the colours of blossoms over time and need your help. 

“Although not a native plant – it is becoming a good model for studying the biology of flower colours both from a biochemical perspective (currently worked on by Dr. Jason McCallum at AAFC) and from an evolutionary perspective. The website is geared at photo collection, but we are also exploring the genetic basis of colour variation and the potential for hybridization with cultivated lupins. My interests lie more in the latter questions, but the website is meant to help engage the public with some roadside photography and history.”

UPEI Lupine Research Project

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Pretty Pictures of Birds – Tuesday, June 3rd at 7:30 PM Nature PEI

Sharon Clark, co-administrator of the popular “Birding on PEI” facebook usually spends weekend time observing and photographing birds.  “It is always exciting to see birds but now when I document with a photo, I can easily share these with the over 700 followers of our facebook page – followers from PEI and from around the world” she commented.   Sharon will share some of her favourite photos and PEI birding destinations as she presents “Pretty Pictures of Birds” to the June Nature PEI Meeting.

Shots of a group of seven Sandhill Cranes near Cabot Park last fall, birds not usually seen east of Ontario, were some of her most satisfying photos of 2013. Though not of the best quality, the photos she got of the large skittish birds were especially pleasing, knowing how easily she would share them on the facebook page with many people who had never seen them or knew they were making stops in PEI.  Sharon also likes to photograph other wildlife and will include a few “non-bird” surprises in her presentation!

 Reserve Tuesday, June 3rd at 7:30 PM to join the Nature PEI meeting at Beaconsfield, the Carriage House, Corner of West and Kent Streets, Charlottetown.  Admission is free and all are welcome.

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Hillsborough River Eagle Festival on Sunday, June 15th

For the last few decades, Bald Eagles have gathered near the Community of Mount Stewart to feed on the June run of gaspereaux in the Hillsborough Heritage River. To celebrate this natural phenomenon and the cultures that have occupied the Hillsborough watershed, the Hillsborough River Area Development Corporation and the Hillsborough River Association are hosting the 7th Hillsborough River Eagle Festival on Sunday, June 15th.

This year’s Eagle Festival will feature eagle viewing, Lady’s Slipper walks, a display of owls and their calls, Acadian, Scottish and Irish displays, children’s programs, horse and wagon rides, and crafts. The festival activities are scheduled between 11 am and 5 pm. There will an exciting new talk on eagles by biologist Gerald MacDougall and a taxidermy demonstration by Danny Clark. Bald Eagle, Bobolink, and other bird viewing opportunities will take place from 12 to 3 pm along the Pigot’s Trail which passes between the Allisary Creek Ducks Unlimited Impoundment and an Acadian dike along the Hillsborough River. A horse and wagon will provide visitors a ride from the Eco-centre to and from the dyke and an opportunity to experience travel as it once was. Scopes will be set up on the trail by knowledgeable guides who will help participants find good views of these spectacular birds soaring in search of fish or feeding along the water’s edge. The guides will also explain the way water was controlled to make these Acadian dyke lands so productive for forage and other crops.

This year’s Eagle Festival will kick off with early morning birding along the Pigots’ Trail at 6 to 8 am with people meeting beforehand at the Eco-Centre. Knowledgeable guides will be on hand and birders are asked to bring their own binoculars.

The Eagle Festival is centered at the Hillsborough River Eco-Centre which features a wonderful interpretive panorama of both the cultural and natural history of the historic Hillsborough presented in English, French and Mi’kmaq. The Hillsborough is the Island’s first designated Canadian Heritage River. The Eco-centre is located at the junction of the Confederation Trail and Main Street in Mount Stewart. This festival is in part funded by the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Government of Canada’s Department of Canadian Heritage. To defray expenses, admission for the Eagle Festival is $5 with children under 12 being admitted free.

Everyone is invited to participate in this fun, family event in celebration of the majesty of the Bald Eagle in Mount Stewart, the eagle capital of PEI. For more information please call 676-2242 or 569-4351, visit us on Facebook at Hillsborough River Eagle Festival or watch for our posters.

Media contacts:

Ryan McAdam-Young – 676-2242 or email mcadamyoung@msn.com

Dan McAskill – 569-4351 or email jdmcaskill@pei.sympatico.ca

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Nature PEI’s Bain Bird Count takes place Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nature PEI’s Bain Bird Count takes place Saturday, May 31. Members are encouraged to form teams and participate in the Society’s spring bird count. Please contact Dan McAskill at 569-4351 or by E-mail at
jdmcaskill@pei.sympatico.ca.

(This event is to provide an alternative for those who would not be able to participateon Saturday, May 31. Of course there are those who might wish to participate on both, and can do so.)

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Cavendish Grove in PEI National Park – Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Birding on PEI and Nature PEI will be hosting an event in support of the Bain Bird Count and the Baille BIRDATHON. The event will take place Sunday, May 25 at 8:00 AM. Meet at Cavendish Grove in PEI National Park. All ages and level of experience are welcome.

https://www.facebook.com/events/234542213412266/

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Invasive Species on PEI

Gardening in Small Spaces Workshop: May 24th, 9:30 AM at Victoria Park – Karen Murchison is talking about history of gardening, garden design, soil nutrients and amendments etc.; Beth Hoar is talking about how invasive species arrived on PEI and how they are spread around, offering some identification and management tips and introducing the upcoming IS Spotters Network

Here are a few presentation that are being done by the PEI Invasive Species Council:

The next three talks will be about introducing people to the PEIISC, talking about invasive species and their impact, offering some identification and management tips and introducing the upcoming IS Spotters Network:

¨ Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group AGM: May 20th, 7 PM at the Stratford Town Hall – Jackie Waddell

¨ Legacy Farm:  June 14th, 2:30 PM at the Farm Centre – Julie-Lynn Zahavich and Beth Hoar

¨ Nature PEI: October 7th, 7:30 PM at Beaconsfield Carriage House – Beth Hoar and Jackie Waddell

 

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Shy and Showy Wildflowers, and How to Find Them

  • Nature PEI Monthly Meeting – Tuesday May 6, 2014 – Shy and Showy Wildflowers, and How to Find Them – Diane Griffin will be Nature PEI’s feature speaker. The Society’s meeting starts at 7:30 PM at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House at corner of West and Kent Streets, Charlottetown. A free event – all are welcome.
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