New Date – Christmas Bird Count for Kids

Saturday Jan 20th, 2018 is the new date for the CBC for Kids. Please spread the word.CBCFlyerupdated)CBCFlyerupdated) Bigger Version of flyer

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January 2018 Meeting – Sable Island Horses and Nature

Nature PEI is kicking off the New Year with its Annual General Meeting (AGM)  and a very special presentation on Sable Island Horses and Nature by Diane Griffin, Kathy Martin and Jackie Waddell. 

SableIsland-horses1[1]When many folks think of the Island, the presence of the horses is the first thing that comes to mind” notes Diane. But there is much more to discover there, and the trio will also talk about the birds, seals and plants that call Sable Island home. Beyond its fascinating natural history, this unique island has an interesting human history that will be touched upon in the presentation.  Diane points out that “Because of all the shipwrecks prior to modern navigation, Sable Island was called the Graveyard of the Atlantic”.  The current protection of the Island as a National Park Reserve will also be discussed.

Diane Griffin represents PEI in the Senate of Canada. Diane has previously held positions as PEI Deputy Minister of Environment and Executive Director of The Island Nature Trust.

Dr. Kathy Martin is a professor in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia and a senior scientist with Environment Canada, specializing in ornithology.

Jackie Waddell is a former Executive Director of The Island Nature Trust. She is a horse owner and enjoys birdwatching.

 Reserve January 9 at 7:30 pm at Beaconsfield, the Carriage House in Charlottetown for Nature PEI’s AGM and to meet Diane, Kathy and Jackie and learn more about the fascinating and unique Sable Island. All are welcome

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Christmas Bird Count For Kids

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Next meeting is January 9th AGM – note change in date.

The next meeting of Nature PEI is Tuesday, January 9th 2018 and will include our AGM. With holidays so close to the first Tuesday of the month we have moved things by one week. Please spread the word to anyone that may not have Internet access.

The Hon. Diane Griffin, Kathy Martin and Jackie Waddell will present ;  “Sable Island: Horses and Nature” at the Beaconsfield Carriage House – (Kent & West corner) Charlottetown at 7:30. All are welcome, no admission is charged and refreshments are served. Suitable for young naturalists so please consider bringing young people who have an interest in nature. SableIsland-horses1[1]

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PEI flora: Regional Themes and New Discoveries – Tue. Dec 5, 2017

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“PEI flora: Regional Themes and New Discoveries”‘ by Sean Blaney of the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre will utilize photos and descriptions to highlight recent plant discoveries on the Island.

Please join us at Nature PEI’s monthly meeting where a true plant expert, Sean Blaney, will provide us with an overview of the flora of PEI, featuring photos and descriptions of recent findings from his PEI investigations. “I’ll be discussing some significant recent discoveries, a few favorite showy flowers and a general overview of the flora of Prince Edward Island. Its relationships to plants of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick will be explored” notes Sean.  Since 1999, Sean and his AC CDC colleagues have documented about 1000 of the 1150 species of vascular plants that have even been known to occur on the island, including 50 or more new species for PEI. Overall, he has compiled about 14,000 species occurrence records on PEI including about 2,700 occurrence records of provincially rare species. As Sean was once heard to say “More of the PEI flora is truly rare than is the case in the rest of the Maritimes”.

Sean is the Executive Director & Senior Scientist at the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre in Sackville New Brunswick. His intense early interest in birding led to eight summers of employment at Algonquin Provincial Park where he developed a strong interest in field botany. He obtained a Master’s Degree in plant ecology from University of Toronto, then came to the Maritimes as the AC CDC’s botanist in 1999.  Since then he has traveled throughout New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island studying plants in the field, and working daily to further document the status and distribution of the region’s vascular plants, mosses and lichens. Sean serves on the COSEWIC Vascular Plants Species Specialist Committee, the National General Status of Wildlife Working Group, and the Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora Recovery Team in Nova Scotia.

Reserve December 5 at 7:30 pm at Beaconsfield, the Carriage House in Charlottetown to meet Sean and learn more about the amazing flora of PEI. All are welcome!

Also, please note that our January meeting has been moved to the second Tuesday in the month (January 9th, 2018) when we will have the great pleasure to be joined by The Hon Diane Griffin, Kathy Martin and Jackie Waddell for ;  “Sable Island: Horses and Nature”.

Also, February 6, 2018 is Member’s Night.  All are welcome to share photography, poetry and maybe even a few tall tales.

  • All are welcome to attend at Beaconsfield, the Carriage House in Charlottetown (corner of Kent & West). Refreshments are served and admission is free.

 

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Dr. David Cairns, biologist – Nov 7, 2017 Meeting

At our upcoming November meeting we will  explore the little-known seabird islands of Atlantic Canada with biologist David Cairns. There is a biological and physical boundary that runs across the Gulf of St. Lawrence, through Cabot Strait, and out to the edge of the continental shelf. “North of this line are rugged coasts, myriad islands, and enormous colonies of puffins, razorbills, and murres,” notes David. Like penguins of the southern hemisphere, these birds are strictly confined to the colder parts of the world ocean.  David will take us on a fascinating virtual tour through some of these seabird islands where we will see the crumbling tombstone of the extinct great auk, the paradise of Yankee eggers, the murre-carpeted slab named for an odour so powerful that it was an official navigation marker in foggy weather, and the largest puffinry in the West Atlantic. The presentation closes with an account of seven unique ways for a seabird biologist to almost, but not quite, get killed.

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All are welcome to attend Tuesday November 7, 7:30 pm at Beaconsfield, the Carriage House in Charlottetown. Admission is free to the public and refreshments are served.

 

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“The Secret Life of Bats”

At our next monthly meeting, Nature PEI will welcome Jordi Segers of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative for a glimpse into the world of bats, and what we can do to help them fight the threats they are facing. These superheroes of the night are creatures that live in the dark, seldom seen and rarely heard.  “They are elusive animals that are terribly misunderstood by many and persecuted for all the wrong reasons” notes Jordi. He will introduce us to the important roles that bats play around the world,  and discuss global bat diversity, what species we have in Canada, and what we are learning about them right here on PEI, including insights into how they are studied. The confirmed and regular presence of the Hoary Bat summering on the Island is a relatively new and thrilling revelation.

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Jordi is the national coordinator in our response to bat White-Nose Syndrome, an invasive fungal disease that is killing millions of bats across North America.

All are welcome to attend Tuesday October 3, 7:30 pm at Beaconsfield, the Carriage House in Charlottetown to meet Jordi and learn more about these iconic creatures of the night.

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