March Meeting — Update

Due to the current public health restrictions the March meeting for Nature PEI has been cancelled.

Stay safe.

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Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count started on Feb. 12th and runs to Feb. 15th. This free 4-day annual event allows bird watchers to contribute their sightings be it in their backyard or on a field trip. The GBBC creates a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. Anyone can participate, from beginners to experts. You can count for as little as 15 minutes on a single day, or for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps the birds See http://gbbc.birdcount.org/

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Coming Soon – Island Wings

Island Wings a colouring book produced by Nature PEI a number of years ago is coming soon to a computer printer near you. Available for download and suitable for printing as individual colouring sheets the book is a creative way for families to learn more about the birds around them and have fun doing it.

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January Meeting Postponed One Week

Hello all,


With the impending weather system  we have made the decision to postpone our meeting until next week, Tuesday February 9, 2021 – same place, same time (7:30). 

We are right at our capacity limit so please confirm your ability to attend on that date so I can finalize seating arrangements and make any adjustments.


Sorry for the inconvenience.


We hope to see you next week, and until then stay safe.


Connie Gaudet – Nature PEI Programs and Publicity

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Member’s Night – Give Us Your Best Shot!

Tuesday Tuesday – Feb. 2, 2021Members Night – Gerald MacDougall will be hosting Nature PEI’s Member’s Night . Meeting starts at 7:30 pm at Beaconsfield, the Carriage House, corner of West and Kent Street, Charlottetown. To address COVID-19 needs, preregistration is essential. Contact Connie Gaudet to register. Send you best pictures to Gerald MacDougall to enter.

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Facebook Live

With the current limitations on the size of meetings and gatherings we are now streaming our meetings on Facebook Live to allow more people to stay involved. Check it out here. This month’s presentation on the Wild Orchids of PEI, with Don MacLelland will be streamed on Tuesday Jan. 5 at 8 pm.

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Nature PEI AGM – Monthly Meeting Jan 5, 2020 – Wild Orchids on PEI

At Nature PEI’s upcoming AGM, Don McLelland will share his photographic journey to find all 32 species of wild orchids on PEI.  So far Don has found 30 of the known species, and hopes to find all 32 species by the end of summer 2021.   Don took up photography as a hobby after his retirement in 2009, chronicling Island nature through his camera lens. He has explored a good portion of western Prince County and regularly contributes his finds from this under-surveyed area to iNaturalist.

Date and Time: 7:30 pm, Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

Location: Beaconsfield, the Carriage House, corner of West and Kent Street, Charlottetown.   

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, all participants must pre-register by contacting Barbara Dylla (b.dylla@eastlink.ca).   We ask that when pre-registering participants advise whether they will be attending as an individual or as part of a household group so the seating can be set up properly.  Due to limited seating, preference will be given to members. Edit — Meeting is now fully booked. It will be broadcast on Facebook Live at 8 pm. Check it out here.

Participants must enter the Carriage House via the front door, provide their contact information and apply hand sanitizer which is supplied; respect the two-metre social distance rule; wear a face mask that covers the mouth and nose.

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Christmas Bird Counts 2020

The preliminary work on this year’s Christmas Bird Counts has been established at least for now unless life changes in respect to COVID rules on PEI.

The Society reviewed the attached package below from Birds Canada and would like to go ahead the PEI CBCs provided enough participants are willing. To ensure COVID 19 safety and be prudent,

∙           no one expressing COVID 19 symptoms or under self isolation protocols or who have been exposed to someone expressing symptoms are to participate in a count area survey. If they live within the count circle, they could register with the coordinator and send in their yard results;

∙           an individual team should be from within a single household or with no more than two others considered to be consistent members of that household group;

∙           it is recommended that each team be equipped with and apply hand sanitizer before entering the vehicle and, if a stop made at a public building, before reentering the vehicle (keep a log of stops at public facilities (e.g. a gas station) and times to address potential exposures);

∙           teams are to cover off their assigned zone within the count circle and not meet with other teams from adjacent zones;

∙           unless the team members are within a family/personal bubble, masks must be worn when within 6 feet of others or within a building or other confined space;

∙           there can be no social get togethers (potlucks, communal gatherings between 2 or more teams, or clustering of teams at birding hot spots at a specific time at a specified spot such as East Point). If teams arrive independently at a location, they are not to mingle with members of other team or share equipment.

Note: Within a vehicle equipped with two rows of seats, only two people from separate households should be in the vehicle and they should be seated diagonally (one in driver’s seat and the other on the passenger rear seat)

The counts are weather dependent as usual and are as follows (note change in order this year):

Saturday Dec. 19th East Point CBC Coordinator Dwaine Oakley

Sunday Dec. 20 PEI National Park CBC Coordinator Dan McAskill

Saturday Dec. 26 Montague CBC Coordinator Scott Sinclair

Sunday, Dec. 27 Hillsborough CBC Coordinator Dan McAskill

If the current COVID 19 protocol are eased or further restricted, portions of the protocol may well change.

If you have questions please contact the designated coordinator

Thanks,

Dan and Dwaine

902-393-4385

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Flower Flies, Deer Flies, and Horse Flies

Nature PEI’s December meeting will feature a presentation by John Klymko of the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre on flower flies, deer flies, and horse flies. The flies are an underappreciated component of our wildlife. Most tend to go unnoticed, unless they bite, and then they are maligned. But upon closer examination, all flies lead interesting lives, and even the biters have redeeming qualities. This talk will focus on two ubiquitous groups of flies, the deer and horse flies (collectively the Tabanidae) and the flower flies. The natural history of both groups will be discussed, as will highlights from ongoing surveys on PEI. 

John Klymko grew up in southern Ontario where he earned a Master’s degree in entomology at the University of Guelph in 2009. That same year he moved to the Maritimes to work as the zoologist at the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre. Since then he’s been involved in many projects, notably as the director of the Maritimes Butterfly Atlas, a citizen science project that will be showcased in an upcoming book about butterflies of Maine and the Maritimes. John has conducted numerous surveys for flies and other insects throughout the Maritimes, and has identified materials collected by volunteers on PEI.  

Date and Time: 7:30 pm, Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

Location: Beaconsfield, the Carriage House, corner of West and Kent Street, Charlottetown.   

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, all participants must pre-register by contacting  Barbara Dylla (b.dylla@eastlink.ca).  Carriage House seating is much more limited now (we can have up to 37 people sitting in 2s, 3s & 4s).  and we ask that when pre-registering participants advise whether they will be attending as an individual or as part of a household group so the seating can be set up properly.  Due to limited seating, preference will be given to members. 

Participants must enter the Carriage House via the front door, provide their contact information and apply hand sanitizer which is supplied; respect the two-metre social distance rule; wear a face mask that covers the mouth and nose. When the presentation is ended, participants must follow instructions on queuing up to allow exit by the side door. General restrictions for entry are also in effect regarding health and travel status. 

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Climate Change on our Wild Species – Nov 3, 2020

Hello all, There are still a few seats left for Tuesday’s  presentation by Rosemary Curley on the impact of climate change on our  wild species November 3rd,  7:30 pm at Beaconsfield, the Carriage House, corner of West and Kent Street, Charlottetown
Pre-registration is essential to address COVID-19 requirements. Please contact Barbara Dylla (b.dylla@eastlink.ca) to register.


Regards, 
Connie Gaudet

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