Christmas Bird Count 4 Kids

Nature PEI and the Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group hosted a CBC4Kids event Saturday, January 82017. Despite it being a chilly morning, there was a good turnout. A total of 13 species were noted. The following is what was observed:

  • 2 American Black Duck
  • 1 Northern Goshawk
  • 1Herring Gull
  • 2 Downy Woodpecker
  • 8 Hairy Woodpecker (4 were heard but not seen)
  • 2 Blue Jays (heard but not seen)
  • 10 American Crow
  • 2 Common Raven
  • 19 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 1 Brown Creeper
  • 4 Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • 1 Pine Siskin (heard but not seen)
  • 2 American Goldfinch

Other wildlife noted included:

  • Red Squirrel
  • Plenty of snowshoe hare tracks
  • Red Fox tracks
  • Coyote tracks
  • Mink tracks
  • Racoon tracks

 

Submitted by Luke Peters – for Nature PEI

 

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Prince Edward Island gone wild: photography by Sean Landsman

December 27, 2016    January Meeting Notice

Sean Landsman is the featured speaker at Nature PEI’s November meeting on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017. The title of his presentation is “Prince Edward Island gone wild: photography by Sean Landsman”.  Sean is by trade a fisheries biologist and PhD student at the University of Prince Edward Island, but is also an accomplished photographer who specializes in natural settings, landscape, and outdoor recreation photography.

Sean will show us a selection of his photography from across Prince Edward Island, highlighting different ecosystems, wildlife, and seasons across the island. Sean also takes photography to the sky with drone technology, and to the waters with an underwater camera and lens. He has captured PEI’s beautiful dunes from the sky, and the behavior of brook trout in the water, both perspectives Islanders are not usually able to enjoy.

Sean invites us to “Join me for a whirlwind, visual trip through nature on PEI. We’ll fly over forests and swim through rivers. Walk across beaches and hike through marshes. We’ll take a secretive look at some of the National Park’s furred visitors, watch eels feed in the estuaries, and play “voyeur” with spawning brook trout. I look forward to seeing you there!”

We encourage everyone to join us on Tuesday, January 3rd 2017, 7:30PM in the Southport Room at the Stratford Town Hall, 234 Shakespeare Drive.  Enter through the main doors.  Admission is free and all are welcome.

DIRECTIONS: If coming over the Hillsborough Bridge, turn left at the second traffic light and follow past the Petrocan until you see the large Town Hall on the right. It is easy to find.

If coming from the east on Rte 1, turn right in Stratford at the first light.

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Upcoming Events

Dec. 17th (Saturday) The East Point Christmas Bird Count. Please contact Dwaine Oakley at 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.

Hello everyone,  Due to the current weather and tomorrow’s predicted forecast I decided to postpone the East Point Christmas Bird Count until December 26th. 

Please let everyone know of the change of plans and stay safe over the next couple of days. I will touch base later on with a meeting place and time later next week for the count.
Cheers,
Dwaine Oakley
Stratford, PE

 

Dec. 18th (Sunday) The Prince Edward Island National Park Christmas Bird Count – Please contact Dan McAskill at 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 (Tuesday) The Hillsborough Christmas Bird Count. There will be a pot-luck after the event for participants at 6 PM. Please contact Dan McAskill at 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. 31 (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.

 

Jan. 3rd – Prince Edward Island gone wild: photography by Sean Landsman Sean Landsman will be the guest speaker for the Society’s Annual meeting which starts at 7:30 PM at the Stratford Town Hall on Shakespeare Drive.

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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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