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May 2nd Nature PEI Meeting and Program — Rare Plants of PEI with Iain Crowell

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from left: Yellow Nodding Ladies Tresses, Russet Cottongrass, Virginia Chainfern, and photo of Iain Crowell (photos by Iain Crowell)

Join Nature PEI for their next monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:30 pm in Charlottetown. The meeting will feature guest speaker, Iain Crowell, Botanist and Lichenologist with the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre (AC CDC). Iain will take us into the wilds of PEI and share photos and stories from his experience over the last field season documenting rare plants in the province.

Iain grew up in Charlottetown and has a degree in Environmental Science from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. Since graduating, Iain has worked with Island Nature Trust in Charlottetown and the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia, before joining the team at the AC CDC in 2022. In his work with the AC CDC, Iain explores important habitats across Atlantic Canada documenting rare species.

The AC CDC was established in 1997 with a mission to provide data and expertise about species and ecosystems of conservation concern, and to conduct biological inventories to support decision-making, research, and education in Atlantic Canada. The AC CDC is part of a network of conservation data centres across the country that gather, maintain, and update spatially accurate occurrence data for species and ecological communities of conservation concern.

“The AC CDC had a fantastic field season collecting new rare species records for PEI, and I can’t wait to share some stories from the field at the upcoming Nature PEI meeting!”, says Iain Crowell.

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!

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