March 24, 2017 – PEI Invasive Species Council

“This week we are excited to announce details for our 2nd Annual Meeting coming up next Friday, March 24th from 1-4pm. We have a great list of speakers discussing a range of topics including: the PEI Invasive Species Spotter’s Network, invasive species in natural areas, rainbow trout, impacts of invasive spiders, and more! Plus, there will be displays from a number of Island groups that work to address the issue of invasive species on PEI.

The meeting will take place at the Farm Centre (420 University Avenue) and all are welcome to attend! Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.”


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The Owls and Hawks of the Hillsborough

Poster Owls and Hawks of the Hillsborough 2017 sPoster – The Owls and Hawks of the Hillsborough

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Celebrating the Hillsborough


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March Meeting – “Water Bears”

Water bear, SEMJoin us at Nature PEI’s monthly meeting to explore the little known world of the Tardigrade, fondly known as water bears, with marine biologist Emma Perry of Unity College, Maine.  “Despite their wide distribution and their importance within ecosystems, we do not know much about Tardigrades or where they might be found, especially the marine species” notes Dr. Perry.   She recently recorded the first marine Tardigrades from Prince Edward Island but her fascination with these tiny creatures began several years ago.  Impressed by the Tardigrades “ability to survive anything”, Dr. Perry and her students went on a hunt for them on a snowy day in February.   “As soon as I found my first tardigrade, I was hooked!” says Dr. Perry. Soon she was studying marine tardigrades and found a new species Echiniscoides wyethi on her first expedition to small Allen Island, Maine.  Noticing that there are no records from the eastern coast of Canada, Dr. Perry turned her attention to Prince Edward Island as an ideal location to pilot a systematic study of the intertidal tardigrades that live in the sand. In total fourteen tardigrades were found in the lower intertidal area of two beaches, the first marine tardigrades recorded from Prince Edward Island.

Dr. Perry has been a professor at Unity College in Maine for twenty years where she teaches Marine Biology and Invertebrate Zoology.  She was inspired to become a biologist after watching “Life on Earth” as a child in Britain. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Exeter, UK with a senior thesis on the sediment preferences of a burrowing brittle star. She later moved to Florida to complete a Ph.D. on the skeletal formation in sand dollars.

All are welcome to join us Tuesday March 7, 7:30 pm at Beaconsfield, the Carriage House in Charlottetown to learn more about the little known Tardigrade and Dr. Perry’s studies on PEI beaches.

For additional information contact

Connie Gaudet

Program Director

Nature PEI

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Members Night

The February 7 meeting of Nature PEI is Members’ Night and we are inviting all members to submit any nature photos, poetry or stories they would like to share. Please send your contributions to  Gerald MacDougall at

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017, at 7:30PM  -The Carriage House at Beaconsfield – Corner of West and Kent Streets in Charlottetown Admission is free and all are welcome.


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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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