Membership for 2022

It is time for new and renewed membership in Nature PEI
The annual cost is $20 –

$40 for 2 years

Three easy ways to pay


By PayPal or credit card at:
https://naturepei.ca/join/

By cheque sent to
Nature PEI
P.O. Box 2346
Charlottetown, PE C1A 8C1

By cash: at a meeting of Nature PEI

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Red Fox – photo by Donna Martin
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January 2022 Meeting Cancelled

Dear Nature PEI Members

Due to the COVID situation, we have cancelled our meeting on Tuesday January 4th, and hope to have out AGM on February 1st , either in person or virtually, likely virtually.

February 1st is Members Night

February 1 2022 Members’ Night: Show us Your Shots, Tell us a Story.

Directions: send three slides with subject line “Members Night Photography” to Gerald MacDougall eagle.dynasty@gmail.com. If not acknowledged as received, phone or text Gerald at 902 316-0837.

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Latest poster in Nature PEI’s healthy fox project.

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PEI 2021-22 Christmas Bird Counts

April 29th -May 2nd , 2022,  City Nature Challenge in Summerside- Kensington-Miscouche and Charlottetown-Cornwall-Stratford. Enter records on iNaturalist. Watch for updates.  

Please bring a friend, items for the raffle table, and toonies to buy raffle tickets. It will be possible to renew Nature PEI memberships at the meeting.

Note – As per provincial requirements for public events, participants will be asked to show their PEIVaxPass in either printed or electronic format, and face masks are mandatory.

PEI 2021-22 Christmas Bird Counts – Please keep these dates in mind and contact these coordinators if you would like to participate,

Dec. 14th to Jan. 5th – The Audubon Christmas Bird Counts. These are held annually across Canada, United States,Latin America and the Caribbean.Nature PEI hosts four of these 24 km diameter count circles:

Dec. 18th (Saturday) – The East Point Christmas Bird Count. Please contact Dwaine Oakley at 393-6223or dwaine.oakley@gmail.com for details and to register. The date may change in the advent of severeweather so please contact your coordinator.

Dec. 19th (Sunday) – The Prince Edward Island National Park Christmas Bird Count – Please contactDan McAskill at 902-393-4385 or E-mail at jdmcaskill@pei.sympatico.ca for information or toregister. The date may change in the advent of severe weather so please contact your coordinator.

Dec. 27th (Monday) – The Hillsborough Christmas Bird Count. Please contact Dan McAskill at 902-393-4385 or E-mail at jdmcaskill@pei.sympatico.ca for information or to register. The date may changein the advent of severe weather so please contact your coordinator.

Jan 2 (Sunday)- 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. 1, 2022 – Annual renewal date for members

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Latest Fox Poster From Nature PEI

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Red Fox Health on Prince Edward Island – Dec 7th, 2021

Dr Megan Jones will share her firsthand knowledge of Red Fox health on PEI at the monthly meeting of Nature PEI, Tuesday December 7th , 7:30 pm at Beaconsfield, the Carriage House, in Charlottetown.  This promises to be a topic of high interest to Islanders following a mange outbreak that greatly reduced the fox population in the Charlottetown area.

Dr. Jones is the regional director of the Atlantic node of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, and is a wildlife pathologist and assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), UPEI. 

All are welcome to attend on condition of providing proof of two vaccinations for Covid-19 and mask-wearing throughout the meeting.

Please bring a friend, items for the raffle table, and toonies to buy raffle tickets. It will be possible to renew Nature PEI memberships at the meeting.

UPDATE:

Hello Everyone,

Our Fox Health talk is cancelled for tonight due to speaker illness, and instead ….

Dr Kathy Martin will speak on The World Wide Nest Web: The Role of Tree Decay and Cavity-Nesting Bird Ecology

Kathy is a recent an internationally recognized researcher on birds and a recent recipient of the UPEI distinguished alumni award as well as a recipient of the Brewster medal from the American Ornithological Union, where she is the Past President.

All are welcome to attend on condition of providing proof of two vaccinations and mask-wearing throughout the meeting.

Please bring a friend, items for the raffle table, and toonies to buy raffle tickets. It will be possible to renew Nature PEI memberships at the meeting.

With apologies for late notice, but one cannot predict a sudden illness.

Red Fox – photo by Donna Martin

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Latest Nature PEI poster is released.

An ongoing effort to educate the public by Nature PEI has led to a series of posters in 2021 that helps provide information to those who might be under the misunderstanding that feeding foxes is helpful to them. The posters will hopefully help all Islanders realize that foxes stand a much better chance to remain healthy on a more natural diet using their keen skills as hunters and foragers. Please feel free to share these posters and help share the message that true kindness places the health of these creatures first and is much more important than luring them with human food.

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Horticultural horrors and invasive nightmares: The threat posed by invasive species on PEI – Nov

Nature PEI’s November meeting features a presentation by biologist Simon Wilmot: “Horticultural horrors and invasive nightmares: The threat posed by invasive species on PEI”

In keeping with the season, Simon will be discussing some of the horticultural horrors that have been released into the wild on PEI. Simon will outline what exactly is an invasive species, why we should be worried about them, provide examples of invasive species that are currently impacting PEI, and describe some of the invasive species that the PEI Invasive Species Council is working to prevent from becoming established here. Simon will also discuss how you can help the PEI Invasive Species Council in their efforts to fight the spread of invasives.

Simon is a certified North American Wildlife Conservation Technician and the current Coordinator, for the PEI Invasive Species Council. He has experience working with the PEI Department of Forest, Fish and Wildlife as a Forest Technician, the City of Charlottetown, as an Urban Forestry Technician and as a Forest Habitat Specialist for the PEI Watershed Alliance. Simon is currently working towards completing his Masters in Bioenvironmental Monitoring and Assessment. He has a range of research interests including, the impact of invasive species on forest integrity, the borealization of the Acadian forest, succession on abandoned farmland, and the impact of climate change on forest composition.

The presentation will take place November 2, 7:30 p.m. at the Carriage House, Beaconsfield.

Note – As per provincial requirements for public events, participants will be asked to show their PEIVaxPass in either printed or electronic format, and face masks are mandatory. As seating is limited, participants are asked to pre-register by contacting Nicole Murtagh.

We apologize for the late notice on this, but have had some last minute changes in our line up.

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VAXPASS – now required for meetings.

Hello to all planning on attending our October 5th Meeting,

Nature PEI will be following the categorized COVID guidelines that PEI Public Health will be implementing on Tuesday, October 5th.

Adding to our current COVID Operational Plan, proof of vaccinations will be required for all activities at the Carriage House  effective October 5th.  

Everyone will be required to show your PEI Vaccination Pass (VAXPASS) upon entry to the hall with picture ID.  https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/covid-19-immunization-record

If you have not yet obtained your VAXPASS but have a PEIPASS or you have 2 vaccination certificates bearing provincial government letterhead which shows that you are double vaccinated more than 14 days previously,  then these two alternate proofs of vaccination plus picture ID will be accepted for a limited time while you work to obtain your VAXPASS. 

This includes everyone entering the Carriage House for any reason.  Those unable to produce the required proof of double vaccination will be denied entry to the hall.  Masks are still mandatory within the hall.  

We thank everyone for their ongoing cooperation with keeping us all compliant and safe.  If you are registered to attend but are unable to attend, please let us know by contacting Connie conniefairmont@gmail.com

Cheers

Rosemary Curley on behalf of Connie Gaudet

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Fall Colours at Mooneys Pond – A Nature Hike

Saturday, October 16, 2021 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM – 1.9 km.

Please arrive by 1:20 PM to register. Rain date is Sunday October 17.

To address COVID needs everyone must pre-register. To register, Contact Nicole Murtagh 902-218-2935 nicole_murtagh@hotmail.com

Please wear clean gearMuddy or dirty footwear or clothing can harbour seeds of invasive plant species, insects or disease spores, contributing to loss of ecological integrity on the trail.

Note: Nature PEI assumes no responsibility for injuries sustained by anyone participating in our activities. 


COVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR GATHERINGS:

  • Attendance for contact-tracing purposes will be taken on site.
  • Physical distance of 2 metres with individuals who are not part of one’s household should be maintained.
  • Wearing a mask is strongly recommended.
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