Flowerflies, Slugs & Snails

Nature PEI to host a workshop on Flowerflies, Slugs & Snails

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – May 13, 2017 –  Nature PEI is beginning collections of flower flies, snail and slugs this month and will be hosting a workshop about these insects and molluscs.  This workshop is being held as part of a nation-wide project to help connect Canadians with nature and showcase the wealth of our biodiversity. This special event is a BioBlitz Canada 150 project. It is supported by the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) and the Prince Edward Island Wildlife Conservation Fund (WCF) in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

WHEN:                   May 13, 2017 at 1pm

WHAT:                   Biologists will discuss the lifestyles of the groups and will demonstrate proper techniques for preparation and preservation of specimens for identification and storage. Weather permitting, there will be an outdoor component to look for the beasts in question.

WHERE:                  183 Upton Road, at the Forest, Fish and Wildlife Office

WHY:                      Key goals include:

  • Engaging Canadians of all ages to become hands-on citizen-scientists
  • Providing training to help develop skills in interested citizens
  • Building a national wildlife database accessible to all at iNaturalist.ca
  • Gathering new scientific data to guide future conservation efforts
  • Celebrating Canada’s natural heritage, wildlife, biodiversity, love of the land

WHO:                     This event is open to all members of the public

For more information visit BioBlitzCanada.ca.

About BioBlitz Canada:
BioBlitz Canada is a national partnership of leading conservation, education and research organizations. The goal is to document Canada’s biodiversity by connecting the public with nature in a scientist-led participatory surveys of life.  The vision is to help Canadians learn about and connect with nature, be it in one’s own backyard or the most important ecological sites in Canada. Visit BioblitzCanada.ca for more information.

About the Canadian Wildlife Federation:
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of our natural world. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, carrying out research, developing and delivering education programs, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending changes to policy and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca.


Stay Connected

Twitter: @BioBlitzCanada, @CWF_FCF, @canada150th

Hashtags: #Canada150 #Bioblitz150

Websites: BioblitzCanada.ca, iNaturalist.ca

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Birding & History Hike at Pigot’s Trail

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May Meeting Topic – Lyme Disease

Join us at Nature PEI’s monthly meeting where Kami Harris will introduce us to the 5 Ws of Lyme disease, a bacterial infection that is transmitted to people and animals through a tick bite.  “The risk of Lyme disease is rapidly increasing in Canada as the climate changes and tick populations expand” notes Ms. Harris, adding that “due to the many waterways in our region, which are favorite haunts of tick-carrying birds, the Maritimes have an increasing density of ticks”. Her presentation will provide an overview of what Lyme disease is, how it can be contracted and diagnosed, and ways to prevent the infection.  Ms. Harris will also describe the current research underway including the spread of ticks and infection among people and animals of New Brunswick, as well as problems with effective diagnosis and treatment.

Kami Harris completed both her BSc Honours and MSc in Biology at Mount Allison University and is currently a PhD candidate at the Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI, under the supervision of Dr. Vett Lloyd (MTA) and Dr. Pierre-Yves Daoust (AVC). Her research focuses on the genetic diversity of the Lyme-causing bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi in our region, the prevalence of this diversity among ticks, animals and people, and the impact this diversity may be having on serological response.

All are welcome to join us Tuesday May 2, 7:30 pm at Beaconsfield, the Carriage House in Charlottetown to learn more about Lyme disease and how to prevent it.

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April Meeting Topic – Atlantic Halibut

Join us at Nature PEI’s monthly meeting for a glimpse into the world of the elusive Atlantic Halibut with biologist Travis James, an MSc student attending the University of Prince Edward Island. “Despite considerable interest in groundfish over the decades, Atlantic Halibut are poorly studied within the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The information available about halibut movement in our region is limited” says Travis. Winter weather and limited fishing opportunities in recent decades have curtailed the abilities of scientists to uncover the seasonal distribution of halibut. However, advances in tagging have provided greater insight into their seasonal movements and spawning behavior. This new information has significant value for management and conservation efforts for this charismatic species.


Originally coming from a farming background, Travis became involved in aquatic research early on in his academic career, working on projects stretching from headwater streams to the ocean. His presentation will reveal new information about the Atlantic Halibut and its fascinating lifestyle in the Southern Gulf.

All are welcome to join us Tuesday April 4, 7:30 pm at Beaconsfield, the Carriage House in Charlottetown to meet Travis and learn more about the amazingly large and eminently edible Atlantic Halibut.

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March 24, 2017 – PEI Invasive Species Council

“This week we are excited to announce details for our 2nd Annual Meeting coming up next Friday, March 24th from 1-4pm. We have a great list of speakers discussing a range of topics including: the PEI Invasive Species Spotter’s Network, invasive species in natural areas, rainbow trout, impacts of invasive spiders, and more! Plus, there will be displays from a number of Island groups that work to address the issue of invasive species on PEI.

The meeting will take place at the Farm Centre (420 University Avenue) and all are welcome to attend! Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.”




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The Owls and Hawks of the Hillsborough

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Celebrating the Hillsborough


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