Join Nature PEI: The Natural History Society of Prince Edward Island and Birding on PEI to look for newly arriving birds along the Dunk River and Scales Pond. (This is a warm up for the Bain Bird Count.) Meet at the Parking Lot of the International Children’s Memorial Place at 8:00 AM. Please be prepared for the weather. All ages and experience levels welcome. Part of Global Big Day.
We are pleased to provide in PDF format the new brochure called Homes Safe For Birds. Helpful ideas to ensure that birds are not killed and injured due to window strikes.
Mary Curtis, a Charlottetown botanical illustrator, artist and teacher
Will be the guest presenter at
Nature PEI’s May meeting on Tuesday May 5, 2015
Ms. Curtis will present
”The Flowers of Canada: A Celebration of Canadian Unity ”
A collection of water-coloured paintings
of each of the provincial and territorial wildflowers and prose
to represent the unique qualities and values of Canadians.
Tuesday, May 5th at 7:30 PM
The Carriage House at Beaconsfield
corner of West and Kent Streets in Charlottetown.
Admission is free and all are welcome.”
Great opportunity to ask party leaders from all 4 parties environmental questions that matter most to you.
Wheatley River Improvement Group, Annual General Meeting Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Wheatley River Hall. Guest Speaker: Rosemary Curley, Wildlife Biologist “A Woods full of Wildlife” Also featuring the launch of the Stewardship Guide and a brief business meeting.
All are welcome to attend.
For generations Islanders have kept records of the changes in their environment on a kitchen calendar or a personal journal to track things like the first Great Blue Heron, peeper or mayflower of the year. To the UPEI Climate Research Lab this information is gold and the Lab has produced a 218-page hardcover Climate Diary to distribute to people across PEI to formalize data collection. The diary provides space for data on the next 25 years of weather-related phenomena. Diarists can record those first spring flowers of the year, the first snowfall, and other seasonal changes.
Derek Ellis, Climate Diary project manager, will be the guest speaker at Nature PEI’s April 7th members meeting and will provide an overview of the Climate Diary and how individuals can participate in citizen science by tracking changes in their environment.
“The Climate Diary provides a means of recording naturally-occurring plant and animal life cycle events as they relate to seasonal changes” says Ellis. “Over time, this data will give us a better understanding of the local impacts of climate change here on PEI.”
The climate diary serves two functions – firstly as a field guide to help identify plant and animal species that users will be observing – and secondly as a means of recording such observations year-to-year in an organized fashion.
“It is our hope to have a small army of observers scattered across PEI recording these environmental changes as they happen,” says Ellis.
The Nature PEI meeting begins at 7:30 pm at Beaconsfield Carriage House – corner of Kent and West Streets in Charlottetown. Everyone is welcome to attend and admission is free.
Nature PEI Meeting Notice – Tuesday March 3, 2015
Islanders love their storms and love talking about them even more so. Nature PEI’s Tuesday March 3rd presentation, “PEI – Our Stormy Climate,” is sure to satisfy the storm watchers in the cozy and warm atmosphere of the Beaconsfield Carriage House in Charlottetown.
Don Jardine, project manager with the UPEI Climate Research Lab and co-author of the 2015 PEI Weather Trivia Calendar, will talk about historical storms on PEI since the province was first settled, including information and photographs of more recent storms as well as the impact these storms have on coastal erosion.
“Our geographic location in the Gulf of St. Lawrence makes our Island province vulnerable to weather systems from Central Canada, the eastern seaboard of the USA and tropical storms which originate in the Atlantic Ocean”, says Jardine, who has worked with the PEI Dept. of Environment for 30 years and has also been involved in conducting climate change vulnerability studies in several communities in Atlantic Canada.
“A number of intense storms impact our province each year which result in inland and coastal flooding, coastal erosion and some extreme precipitation and high wind events.”
The meeting begins at 7:30 pm at Beaconsfield Carriage House – corner of Kent and West Streets in Charlottetown. Everyone is welcome to attend and admission is free. Refreshments are served. Copies of the 2015 calendar are still available trough the Climate Research Lab at UPEI through the link “Some Weather We’er Having”.