Getting the lead out – Impacts of Lead on Wildlife and non-lead Hunting and Angling

 

Dr. Helene Van Doninck is the featured speaker at Nature PEI’s November meeting on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016. The title of her presentation is “Getting the lead out – Impacts of Lead on Wildlife and non-lead Hunting and Angling”. Dr. Van Doninck is a wildlife veterinarian who co-founded the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre near Truro, Nova Scotia, in 2001. She will be giving a presentation on the impacts of lead shot, bullets, and fishing tackle and discussing non-lead alternatives for both hunters and anglers.

Dr. Van Doninck says, “An effective way to decrease the incidence of lead poisoning in wildlife and to keep lead of out of the human food chain is hunter and angler education. In 2012, the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Nova Scotia started an information based outreach program for hunters and anglers, encouraging voluntary transition to non-lead ammunition and fishing tackle. This ongoing effort has result in positive and groundbreaking results and initiatives”.

Her talk will summarize the main issues in lead and lead poisoning and will discuss the non-lead ammunition and tackle exchange in Nova Scotia. The program has been very successful and cooperation between groups seeking common ground has resulted in positive change. Members of the public can bring lead based fishing tackle to this meeting to exchange for non-lead tackle.

In her spare time, Dr. Van Doninck is an avid reader and bird watcher. She currently sits on the board of the Nova Scotia Bird Society and is part of the Oiled Birds Response Team in Nova Scotia.

We encourage everyone to join us on Tuesday, December 6th at 7:30PM. Please note our meeting next week will not be held at the Carriage House at Beaconsfield, which is undergoing renovations. For December, our meeting will be at the PEI Farm Centre. The farm centre is located at 420 University Avenue, through the main doors.  Admission is free and all are welcome.”

 Media please contact: 

Dr. Helene Van Doninck 902-893-0253 helene.birdvet@gmail.com

Julie Vasseur Julie.Vasseur@natureconservancy.ca 902-892-3608

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Please note our Dec. meeting will be at the PEI Farm Centre.

Please note our December 2016 meeting will not be held at the Carriage House at Beaconsfield, which is undergoing renovations. For December, our meeting will be at the Farm Centre. Join us on Tuesday, December 6th at 7:30PM.  The farm centre is located at 420 University Avenue, through the main doors.  Admission is free and all are welcome

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December meeting – Farm Centre

  • The monthly meeting of Nature PEI will be held on Tuesday Dec. 6th, 2016
  • – The topic will be Impacts of Lead on Wildlife and the Environment. Helene Von Donnick will be the guest speaker for the Society’s meeting which starts at 7:30 PM – Please note the venue location for this meeting will be at the Farm Centre for this occasion only. Please spread the word to any friends to ensure that members who are not in touch by electronic means know the location.
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Paddle the Percival River Salt Marsh Natural Area

  • Paddle the Percival River Salt Marsh Natural Area
    Come out for a canoe down the Percival River and enjoy its beautifully undeveloped
    estuarine ecosystem that locals cherish but few others have explored. We’ll
    learn about the INT properties that border the river and enjoy the fall colours from
    our canoes. Be prepared for a 3 hour paddle.
    Date: Saturday, October 29th 2016 (Rain-date Oct.30)
    Time: 11:00am
    Location: Boat launch on Beaton Road, Coleman
    (Please contact us for more details)
    Things to note: Depending on the wind direction and speed, one or both directions
    of the trip could be challenging—be prepared for a good arm/shoulder workout.
    Things to bring: Canoe or kayak (some extras may be available, please contact us),
    paddles, life jacket, binoculars, hat, water, snacks, water shoes, sandals
    Telephone: 902-892-7513
    Email: admin@islandnaturetrust.ca
    www.islandnaturetrust.ca  — Poster for this event
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St. Peter’s Island Hiking Event

Come out for a walk across the tidal flats from Rice Point to INT’s St. Peter’s
Island Natural Area and hear about the rich natural and human history
associated with this place. Be prepared for a 3 hour hike.
Date: Saturday, October 22nd 2016 (Rain-date Oct.23)
Time: 8:00am
Location: Meet at the end of Country View Drive, Rice Point
(Please contact us for more details)
Things to note: Being on time is important. We will be racing the clock to get over
and back before high tide. The ground can get mucky, so be prepared to get dirty.
Things to bring: Water shoes or sandals that you don’t mind getting dirty, binoculars,
hat, water, snacks
Telephone: 902-892-7513
Email: admin@islandnaturetrust.ca
http://www.islandnaturetrust.ca See poster for this  Nature Trust Event

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Brookvale Field Trip – Tuesday Oct 4, 2016

For those of you traveling to Brookvale in your own vehicle, it was kindly brought to my attention that you may need to take a detour, depending on your planned travel route. See the message below!

“The culvert is out at Kellys Cross, so the best way to approach Brookvale Demo Woodlot is via Rte.235 (Kingston Road), not S. Melville Road or TCH via Crapaud.”

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Upcoming October 2016 Events

Nature PEI  Field Trip and October Meeting Notice

On Tuesday evening, October 4th, Frances Anderson will be the featured speaker as Nature PEI resumes its monthly meetings this fall. The title of her presentation is “The fascinating micro- world of lichens – how to get to know them.” She will be providing a few pointers on where to look for lichens, information on the biological traits of a range of species and of their ecological significance. But first, Frances will lead an afternoon lichen walk in Brookvale for a firsthand exploration of lichen variety, form and elegant coloration.

Frances notes “ Lichens have long been overlooked because they are small, yet they are among the most extraordinary organisms in the botanical world. In the last fifteen years, they are finally getting their due. People are starting to pay attention.”

Frances has been a Research Associate at the Nova Scotia Museum and is co-author of a lichen field guide titled Common Lichens of Northeastern North America, published by the New York Botanical Garden Press in 2014. She has compiled a list of the macrolichens of Nova Scotia and has co-authored four status reports on lichen species-at-risk.

Rosemary Curley, President of Nature PEI says “Frances is largely self-taught and she is a fast learner. We are fortunate that she could come in response to the request of our members to learn more about lichens. This is an exceptional opportunity for people to meet and be tutored by an expert who enjoys sharing her exceptional knowledge.”

For the Field Trip, meet at the Indigo Parking lot in Charlottetown on Tuesday October 4th at 1:30 PM to carpool to the Brookvale Demonstration Woodlot, or join the 1.5 -2 hour walk at 2:00 PM at the Demonstration Woodlot opposite the Brookvale Ski Park. Dress appropriately for an easy trail with possible wet foliage. Watch the Nature PEI website for weather advice. https://naturepei.ca/environmental-calendar/

For those of you traveling to Brookvale in your own vehicle, it was kindly brought to my attention that you may need to take a detour, depending on your planned travel route. See the message below!

“The culvert is out at Kellys Cross, so the best way to approach Brookvale Demo Woodlot is via Rte.235 (Kingston Road), not S. Melville Road or TCH via Crapaud.”

We encourage everyone to “Reserve Tuesday, October 4th at 7:30 PM to attend the Nature PEI meeting in the Carriage House at Beaconsfield on the corner of West and Kent Streets in Charlottetown.  Admission is free and all are welcome.”

 Media please  contact:  Frances Anderson at fanderson@eastlink.ca

Rosemary Curley at (902) 569-1209 rcurleypei@eastlink.ca

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