February Monthly Meeting

Tuesday February 2nd 2016 
Nature PEI Members Night. This evening will feature pictures, stories, poetry from our members. Members are asked to submit their pictures and include a caption for each or their stories or poetry to Gerald MacDougall. The Society’s meeting which starts at 7:30 PM at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House, corner of West and Kent, Charlottetown. All are welcome.

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No Water, No Life – Good Water, Good Life

No Water, No Life – Good Water, Good Life – The presentation made by Nature PEI to the PEI Environmental Advisory Council’s Water Act Consultation on Nov. 19, 2015, is now available.

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Murchison Bird Photos Featured at Nature PEI AGM

Dale Murchison has been retired for five years and by coincidence, in the last five years he has been able to produce most of his bird photos.  He notes “I enjoy the thrill of capturing the beauty of Prince Edward Island birds. My hobby and goal is to photograph as many Island birds as possible, and though I am not an expert birder, I am having a great time learning.”

Dale Murchison will be feature speaker for the Nature PEI meeting on Tuesday, January 5th.  It starts at 7:30 PM at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House, corner of West and Kent, Charlottetown. All are welcome.

Dale plans to share a robust 95 photos of the 140 or so species he has captured so far, including birds of prey, woodpeckers, common winter and feeder birds, spring and summer favourites, shorebirds, and ducks. Perhaps his most invigorating experience was photographing Peregrine Falcons hunting for shorebirds at East Point.  Photos by Dale Murchison

About Dale Murchison: He holds a BSc in Biology from UPEI, and spent about 30 years working as a golf course superintendent at Brudenell golf course.  He lives in Montague.

 

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Provincial Museum in the news

Nature PEI has called for timely action on a provincial museum that includes natural history. Media coverage has recognized the need for a provincial museum in the following articles:

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The Audubon Christmas Bird Counts

Audubon Christmas Bird Counts are held annually across Canada, United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Nature PEI hosts four of these 24 km diameter count circles, namely: PEI National Park, Hillsborough, Montague and East Point. The date and count coordinators are as follow for 2015:

  • Dec. 19th (Saturday) – The East Point Christmas Bird Count. Please contact Dwaine Oakley at 902-393-6223 or dwaine.oakley@gmail.com for details and to register. The date may change in the advent of severe weather so please contact your coordinator.
  • Dec. 20th (Sunday) – The Prince Edward Island National Park Christmas Bird Count – Please contact Dan McAskill at 902-569-4351 or E-mail at jdmcaskill@pei.sympatico.ca for information or to register.
    The date may change in the advent of severe weather so please contact your coordinator.
  • Dec. 27th (Sunday) – The Hillsborough Christmas Bird Count. There will be a pot-luck after the event for participants at 6 PM. Please contact Dan McAskill at 902-569-4351 or E-mail at jdmcaskill@pei.sympatico.ca for information or to register. The date may change in the advent of
    severe weather so please contact your coordinator.
  • Jan. 2 (Saturday) – The Montague Christmas Bird Count. Please contact Scott Sinclair via E-mail at scsinclair@pei.sympatico.ca for information or to register. The date may change in the advent of severe weather so please contact your coordinator.

2015-6 PEI CBC Count Circles

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Christmas Bird Count – Map Circles

With planning well underway for the various Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) across the Island we are posting the CBC map of the various circles. As well details on contact people are available on page 18 of the Island Naturalist.

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Newfoundland, Labrador and Plants

We live in the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone so escaping to the Boreal Ecozone is naturally a pleasure.  But not just any Boreal! Add in the coastal element, the iceberg element and the Newfoundland rare plant element. During an amazing 4000 km journey across “The Rock” and “The Big Land”, Diane Griffin and Rosemary Curley absorbed the wilderness, the history, past challenges, and current changes that are coming to Labrador.

They will be feature speakers for the Nature PEI meeting on Tuesday, December 1st.  It starts at 7:30 PM at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House, corner of West and Kent Streets in Charlottetown. All are welcome.

Diane is a botanist by training, Rosemary is a generalist biologist. Together, they eye-balled some big landscapes and some small flowering plants in Newfoundland and Labrador in July 2014.  “The coastal headlands of Newfoundland and Labrador have plants that are highly adapted for living in this challenging environment,” says Diane. “Some such as the Bistort are more commonly found in mountains or in northern Canada. Others like the Beach Pea are familiar to Islanders; however, it was intriguing to see these plants so stunted in form compared to the ones found on Island sand dunes.”  They saw other familiar plants in new habitats. Plus they saw a few furry vertebrate animals. Enjoy the colours!

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