Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm
“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.