It is with great pleasure that Flora of PEI team consisting of representatives of Nature PEI, PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation and Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre announces the release of the second section of the Online Illustrated Flora of PEI. The new section features the Ferns, Clubmosses, Horsetails, Conifers and Lilies and builds upon the Orchids section released in 2018. It uses visual examples of the plant characteristics to walk an individual through the identification on the various plants. Checklists of each group and a technical text-only key are also available for those that prefer them.
This release was made possible because of a Wildlife Conservation Fund award of $5,555, a grant of $2,500 from the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, donations of $300 from Nature PEI and $500 from the Island Nature Trust and in-kind contributions from ACCDC, Nature PEI, PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, Island Nature Trust, and PEI Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division.
Over the next few years, it is hoped that the complete Online Illustrated Flora of PEI will be finished. A fund raising campaign is now underway to raise the necessary funds and in-kind support. Anyone wishing to assist should contact Nature PEI at firstname.lastname@example.org or cell 902-393-4385. Charitable tax receipts will be issued for donations and these can be made on-line through Nature PEI or via mail.
Below are examples of the Online Illustrated Flora of PEI.
At Nature PEI’s June meeting join award-winning poet Ariel Gordon as she reads from her new book, Treed: Walking in . With intimacy and humour Ariel walks us through the streets of Winnipeg and into the urban forest that is, to her, the city’s heart. Along the way she shares with us the lives of these urban trees, from the grackles and cankerworms of the spring, to the flush of mushrooms on stumps in the summer and through to the red-stemmed dogwood of the winter. Ariel then travels to BC’s northern Rockies, to Banff National Park and a cattle farm in rural Manitoba, and helps us to consider what we expect of nature. Whether it is the effects of climate change on the urban forest or foraging in the city, Dutch elm disease in the trees or squirrels in the living room, Ariel delves into our relationships with the natural world with heart and style, and will inspire us to reflect on the value of our own Island forests and our relationship with them. Ariel Gordon is the author of two collections of urban-nature poetry, both of which won the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
All are welcome at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House, June 4 at 7:30 pm, for a walk on the wild side. There will also be an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of Ariel’s new book.
As part of Nature PEI’s 50th Anniversary celebration, the Society is offering a birding trip along the south shore of PEI. Dwaine Oakley will be our tour leader for this field trip which will feature stops at Hyde Park in Cornwall, Victoria, and the Noonan’s Marsh, lagoons, and beach in Borden-Carleton. It is anticipated that the field trip will conclude around noon.
Participants will meet at 6:20 am at the Provincial Administration Building Kent Street Parking Lot (opposite Beaconsfield) for car pooling with departure at 6:30 am sharp. While there will be an least a few telescopes, participants should bring their own binoculars, a guide to birds and, if they have one, their scope.
This field trip is free but donations or Nature PEI memberships will be gladly accepted.
For more information on this and other field trips, please see our website at http://www.naturepei.ca or visit our Facebook site.
The Pisquid River Smelt Festival scheduled for tomorrow is being cancelled because of the heavy rain forecast this evening and tonight and the showers continuing into tomorrow. Because of the lateness, it will not be rescheduled this year.
The Pigot’s Trail Interpretive Walk and Hike scheduled for 9 am on May 11th will go ahead whether or not it rains.
Hillsborough River Association
At Nature PEI’s May meeting, Norman Dewar, Ellen’s Creek Watershed Group Coordinator, will talk about the strange things, both natural and unnatural, they have found in and about Charlottetown’s ponds and streams. Norman will share the discoveries the Group has made in five years of working in these unique ecosystems that we still know very little about. Norman will also discuss the Group’s approach to stream rehabilitation and how we can all do our part in restoring and maintaining our urban watersheds so that future generations can enjoy the beauty, fauna and flora of these natural areas.
Norman has been active in the watershed community since 2007 and lives in midtown Charlottetown. He is a self-professed nature nerd who denies any claims he speaks brook trout.
All are welcome to Beaconsfield’s Carriage House on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. to meet Norman and learn what really “lies beneath.”
Hope to see you there,