Join Nature PEI for their next monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 4th at 7:30 pm in Charlottetown. The meeting will feature Jenna McDermott, Assistant Coordinator for the Newfoundland Breeding Bird Atlas with Birds Canada. Jenna will immerse us in the beauty and birds of Newfoundland and share all about the Newfoundland Breeding Bird Atlas – what it is, how it works, and how you can be involved. She will share some of the exciting experiences and amazing finds that Atlas volunteers and staff have had in the past 3 summers and will perhaps tempt a few audience members to make the trip to Newfoundland for a “birding vacation”!
Jenna has a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology and completed a master’s degree studying Gray-cheeked Thrush distribution in Newfoundland. Now, Jenna loves to explore the wilds of Newfoundland while doing bird surveys for the Atlas in the summers. During the off-season you can find her in PEI, hanging out with her partner and cat, reading, playing board games, gardening, and going on outdoor adventures big and small.
Breeding bird atlases map the distribution and abundance of breeding birds over a large geographic area such as a province. Atlases use standardized methods and are designed to be repeated at 20-year intervals, allowing for changes in bird populations to be tracked over time. Volunteer citizen scientists play a key role in breeding bird atlases by collecting and submitting data in a coordinated fashion. Anyone with a pair of binoculars and birdwatching experience, or even a desire to learn about birds, can participate!
The meeting starts at 7:30pm at Beaconsfield Carriage House, corner of West and Kent St., in Charlottetown. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend!
The meeting will be livestreamed on the Nature PEI Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/NaturePEI
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