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Caleb Harding: The PEI Spider Project

Nature PEI’s guest speaker on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, will be Caleb Harding, a UPEI student who studied and sorted specimens collected through the PEI Spider Project. Caleb just completed his third year in Environmental Biology at UPEI. As part of his third year studies, he was trained in spider taxonomy, specifically for the PEI Spider Project, and sorted initial specimens to Family before being sent to a spider specialist for further identification. A native of Summerville, PEI, Caleb has had a lifelong interest in natural history, and followed any nature projects that were offered in school, 4-H, and Scouts. Prior to the PEI Spider Project, Caleb participated in several natural history surveys, including dragonflies, butterflies and moths, ladybugs, bumblebees, tiger beetles, salamanders and frogs. Through these studies, he collected first provincial records for dragonflies, butterflies, and ladybugs, as well as having collected some of the first PEI specimens of the Pickerel Frog. Caleb’s presentation will provide an overview of the PEI Spider Project, and share some highlights and surprises from the field. His presentation will help us understand how the preliminary findings further the knowledge of our PEI spiders, and consider potential next steps. Tuesday, May 3rd , 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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