Forty Years of Protecting PEI’s Natural Areas

Nature PEI’s November meeting will feature a presentation by Megan Harris, Executive Director of the Island Nature Trust (INT), the Island’s first and oldest private land trust. Megan will take us through four decades of challenges, achievements and opportunities in protecting the Island’s natural heritage, from the issues that led to the inception of the INT in 1979, to a discussion of where the organization is going over the next five years and how Islanders can help.  Along the way, Megan will speak to where the organization is now – not only the acreage and ecosystems protected, but the stewardship and planning philosophies that guide their work. With the international emphasis on conservation, biodiversity and protected places that we see right now – Megan will also share her thoughts on the value and complexities of acting locally while thinking globally.

Megan is a graduate of the University of Victoria (BSc marine biology) and the University of Guelph (MSc amphibian toxicology). She has over twenty years of work experience in wildlife-related research, ecosystem reclamation / restoration and technical writing. Her work has taken her from BC to Ontario, New Zealand, Alberta and now Prince Edward Island.

All are welcome at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House, Tuesday, November 5 at 7:30 pm, to meet Megan and learn more about the Island Nature Trust and what you can do to help.

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MARS – Community Tour

Join the Marine Animal Response Society (MARS) for their Island tour with stops in both Alberton Tuesday Oct 29, 7 pm and Charlottetown Wednesday Oct 30 at 7 pm.

MARS – Community Tour Poster 2019MARS - Community Tour Poster 2019

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Autumn Colours in the Bonshaw Hills

Autumn Colours in the Bonshaw Hills — A Nature Hike
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 (rain date Sunday October 20)
Time: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Park at Baptist Church, right across the TransCanada Highway from Bonshaw Park.
The hike will be an easy 2 km along the Ji’ka’we’katik Trail and river, with a chance to observe flora and fauna, and perhaps a few mushrooms. Participants have the option to explore the Equestrian Park afterwards. 
Pets are permitted on leash.
Group leaders: Rosemary Curley and Barbara Dylla
For information, contact Barbara at b.dylla@eastlink.ca
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Oct Meeting – Dr. Dave McRuer – Free-Roaming Cats

Our October meeting will feature a talk by Dr. Dave McRuer on the impacts of free-roaming cats on wildlife, environment, and even human health, with a focus on the benefits of indoor cat ownership for both wildlife and cat welfare.  Free-roaming cats are known to be one of the greatest causes of injury and death to our native wildlife, and are globally-listed by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) as a top invasive alien species.

Dave has witnessed firsthand the impact free-roaming cats have on native wildlife, and has participated in multiple studies and education campaigns to promote indoor cat ownership. He is currently a wildlife health specialist employed by Parks Canada and based at the Atlantic Veterinary College. In this role, Dave works on a broad range of wildlife health issues in national parks. Prior to joining Parks Canada, Dave worked as a wildlife biologist with the PEI Division of Forests, Fish and Wildlife and as the Director of Veterinary Services at the Wildlife Center of Virginia,

All are welcome at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House, Tuesday, October 1 at 7:30 pm, to meet Dave and learn more about this important issue.  The meeting starts at 7:30 with a raffle and refreshments. The feature presentation starts at 8 p.m.

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25th Annual Bennett Birding Classic

There is a great article in the Buzz on the annual autumn event jointly hosted for the last 24 years by the Island Nature Trust and Nature PEI.  A team event for birds and nature, the Neil Bennett Autumn Birding Classic is a fundraiser and an important citizen science event. Teams with 2 to 7 members gather pledges and then on September 21 head out in the morning to find as many species of birds as possible in the 24-hour period.

As well there is a Facebook activity for the event but to ensure you are placed on a team or that your team is fully registered it is best to make contact with the Trust

Individuals and corporations are also welcome to sponsor a team or the general event. To register, make a pledge, or get info, contact Island Nature Trust at 902-892-7513, admin@islandnaturetrust.caShiorebird

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DeRoche Pond Natural Area – Celebration

2019 is a big year for Island Nature Trust and Nature PEI; it’s INT’s 40th anniversary and Nature PEI’s 50th. To celebrate, we are hosting a joint event at one of INT’s oldest protected areas, the DeRoche Pond Natural Area.

Date/time: Saturday, September 28 (note change of date), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Event participants are invited to come out to DeRoche Pond and stay for the day. Various activities will be happening throughout the day, including: canoe trips across the pond, a beach and parking lot cleanup, guided nature tours, and games for youngsters. There will be fun for the whole family!

Registration: Required. Phone: 902-892-7513 / E-mail: admin@islandnaturetrust.ca / Facebook: @islandnaturetrust

Cost: Admission by donation. In consideration of the staff time involved, a minimum $10 donation is suggested.

Meeting Place: Blooming Point Beach Parking Lot on MacDonald Road

Driving Instructions: From Charlottetown, travel east on St Peters Rd (Rte. 2) for approximately 16 km to the community of Tracadie Cross. Turn left onto Blooming Point Rd. (Rte. 218). Travel approximately 8 km, then turn left onto MacDonald Road. The Blooming Point Beach parking lot is about 1 km down MacDonald Rd., on the right. Drive time: about 28 minutes. GPS Coordinates: 46.418521, -62.947923

Don’t forget a water bottle and comfortable footwear!

Note: The rain date for this event is Sunday, September 29.

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50th Anniversary Picnic Weekend

There is a very exciting weekend ahead!
Nature PEI will continue celebrations of its 50th Anniversary with a “Picnic Weekend” from Friday August 23 to Sunday August 25th, 2019 that will include a series of special events and walks. A schedule and details of events are attached.

In addition to the Nature PEI festivities there will be a special presentation on Insects on Friday August 23 at the Farm Center, that may be of interest to you.

50th Anniversary Picnic Weekend
in Association with PEI National Park

Celebrating 50 years of Citizen Science on PEI

August 23-25th, 2019

Friday August 23, 2019

  • 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Reception, Ravenwood, Experimental Farm, Mt Edward Rd.
  • 7: 00 pm – 7:45 pm Nature Walk on the Confederation Trail. Meet at Ravenwood.
  • In addition to the Nature PEI festivities there will be a special public presentation on Insects on Friday August 23 at the Farm Center from 9:00am – 10:30am and will be a showing of insects in the garden 10:30am – 12:30 pm (hosted by The Acadian Entomological Society and the PEI Horticultural Association), that may be of interest to you.

Saturday August 24, 2019

  • 1:30 pm All About Dragonflies, Southport Rm, Stratford Town Hall. Nature PEI welcomes Robert Harding of Parks Canada, an excellent teacher and a student of these superb hunters/fliers. After the presentation, weather permitting, we hope to capture (and release) some dragonflies at Pondside Park. All ages are welcome.
  • 6:00 pm Mackerel Fishing, Charlottetown waterfront. Meet at the red 2019 sign by the Delta Hotel at 6. Pre-Register with leader Gerald MacDougall eagle.dynasty@gmail.com Gerald will provide a limited number of rods, or bring your own fishing rod. No license is required.

Sunday August 25, 2019

  • 6:00 am Birding trip Charlottetown to East Point. Meet at Provincial Administration Building parking lot by 11 Kent Street Charlottetown for car-pooling and departure at 6:00 am. Travelling to East Pt. with stops along the way and returning via Greenwich, PEI National Park for the Nature PEI – Natural History Society 50th Anniversary Picnic at noon. Led by: Dan McAskill, Dwaine Oakley
  • 10:00 am Greenwich Walk. Meet at Greenwich Interpretive Center PEI National Park. Walk through woods, wetland boardwalk and dunes to the beach with leader, Senator Diane Griffin.
  • 12:00 Noon Greenwich Barbecue and Picnic at the Greenwich Interpretive Centre, PEI National Park. Bring your own picnic lunch or consume favorites from the barbecue and salad table.
  • 1:30 pm Greenwich Walk. Meet at Greenwich Interpretive Center. Walk through woods, wetland boardwalk and dunes to the beach with leader, Robert Harding of Parks Canada.

Everyone is welcome to attend all these free events – please spread the word and bring a friend along.

Showy Lady's Slipper, Confederation Trail

Showy Lady’s Slipper, Confederation Trail Photo Credit by Rosemary Curley

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Members of the Natural History Society (Nature PEI) refueling after a field trip, in the 1970’s. Photo Credit Margaret Mallet copyright Margaret Mallet Collection of Nature PEI

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