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April Nature PEI Meeting -- Amazing Mushrooms with Ken Sanderson

Join Nature PEI for their next monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 2th at 7:30 pm in Charlottetown. The meeting will feature Ken Sanderson, Coordinator for Nature PEI’s Mushrooms of PEI Atlas project. Ken will share an update on the Mushrooms of PEI Atlas with a focus on his work to better understand the diversity of macrofungi found in PEI’s coastal sand dunes.
Ken is a GIS developer for a conservation-based research institute and a long-time naturalist with a specific focus on fungi. Ken established the “Mushrooms of PEI” project on the citizen science platform, iNaturalist, in 2021 as an accessible way to collect mushroom observations from the public.
Prior to the Mushrooms of PEI Atlas project, little was known about PEI’s fungal community. In Wild Species 2020: The General Status of Species in Canada, a report issued every decade with input from provinces, territories, and the federal government that details species that exist in Canada, where they occur, and their status, PEI listed only 98 macrofungi. While our neighbours, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, listed 1731 and 992 macrofungi, respectively.
The Mushrooms of PEI Atlas has greatly expanded our knowledge of mushrooms in PEI. Since 2021, over 640 citizen scientists have submitted their mushroom observations to the Mushrooms of PEI iNaturalist project, resulting in over 12,500 observations and over 800 species.
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!
Event cover photos by Ken Sanderson.

March Nature PEI meeting, Tuesday, March 5th with presentation ‘Moving Forward to Nature in the Rise of Artificial Intelligence’

Join Nature PEI for their next monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 5th, 7:30 pm in Charlottetown. Guest speaker, Tara Callaghan, will share a presentation titled ‘Moving Forward to Nature in the Rise of Artificial Intelligence’.

Tara has worked as a landscape architect for 15 years and currently operates her own practice in PEI, Haute Nature, with a primary focus on encouraging connections to nature. She also enjoys gardening and creative writing and has recently launched a blog called Renatured on Substack, dedicated to finding sanity through nature in a seemingly insane world.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines artificial intelligence (AI) as “the capability of computer systems or algorithms to imitate intelligent human behavior”. Some say we’ve entered the fourth industrial revolution known as the Intelligence Revolution. With much attention being given to the exponential rise in AI, such as recent advancements in the brain-computer interface, Neuralink. Tara believes a healthy counterbalance to the AI hype lies in deepening our awareness of Natural Intelligence.

Tara’s talk will take a brief look at previous technological advancements and their relationship (or lack thereof) to nature, and how a revolution in our abilities to connect to nature is more needed than ever before.

Nature PEI’s 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

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