Facebook Live

With the current limitations on the size of meetings and gatherings we are now streaming our meetings on Facebook Live to allow more people to stay involved. Check it out here. This month’s presentation on the Wild Orchids of PEI, with Don MacLelland will be streamed on Tuesday Jan. 5 at 8 pm.

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Nature PEI AGM – Monthly Meeting Jan 5, 2020 – Wild Orchids on PEI

At Nature PEI’s upcoming AGM, Don McLelland will share his photographic journey to find all 32 species of wild orchids on PEI.  So far Don has found 30 of the known species, and hopes to find all 32 species by the end of summer 2021.   Don took up photography as a hobby after his retirement in 2009, chronicling Island nature through his camera lens. He has explored a good portion of western Prince County and regularly contributes his finds from this under-surveyed area to iNaturalist.

Date and Time: 7:30 pm, Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

Location: Beaconsfield, the Carriage House, corner of West and Kent Street, Charlottetown.   

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, all participants must pre-register by contacting Barbara Dylla (b.dylla@eastlink.ca).   We ask that when pre-registering participants advise whether they will be attending as an individual or as part of a household group so the seating can be set up properly.  Due to limited seating, preference will be given to members. Edit — Meeting is now fully booked. It will be broadcast on Facebook Live at 8 pm. Check it out here.

Participants must enter the Carriage House via the front door, provide their contact information and apply hand sanitizer which is supplied; respect the two-metre social distance rule; wear a face mask that covers the mouth and nose.

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Christmas Bird Counts 2020

The preliminary work on this year’s Christmas Bird Counts has been established at least for now unless life changes in respect to COVID rules on PEI.

The Society reviewed the attached package below from Birds Canada and would like to go ahead the PEI CBCs provided enough participants are willing. To ensure COVID 19 safety and be prudent,

∙           no one expressing COVID 19 symptoms or under self isolation protocols or who have been exposed to someone expressing symptoms are to participate in a count area survey. If they live within the count circle, they could register with the coordinator and send in their yard results;

∙           an individual team should be from within a single household or with no more than two others considered to be consistent members of that household group;

∙           it is recommended that each team be equipped with and apply hand sanitizer before entering the vehicle and, if a stop made at a public building, before reentering the vehicle (keep a log of stops at public facilities (e.g. a gas station) and times to address potential exposures);

∙           teams are to cover off their assigned zone within the count circle and not meet with other teams from adjacent zones;

∙           unless the team members are within a family/personal bubble, masks must be worn when within 6 feet of others or within a building or other confined space;

∙           there can be no social get togethers (potlucks, communal gatherings between 2 or more teams, or clustering of teams at birding hot spots at a specific time at a specified spot such as East Point). If teams arrive independently at a location, they are not to mingle with members of other team or share equipment.

Note: Within a vehicle equipped with two rows of seats, only two people from separate households should be in the vehicle and they should be seated diagonally (one in driver’s seat and the other on the passenger rear seat)

The counts are weather dependent as usual and are as follows (note change in order this year):

Saturday Dec. 19th East Point CBC Coordinator Dwaine Oakley

Sunday Dec. 20 PEI National Park CBC Coordinator Dan McAskill

Saturday Dec. 26 Montague CBC Coordinator Scott Sinclair

Sunday, Dec. 27 Hillsborough CBC Coordinator Dan McAskill

If the current COVID 19 protocol are eased or further restricted, portions of the protocol may well change.

If you have questions please contact the designated coordinator

Thanks,

Dan and Dwaine

902-393-4385

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Flower Flies, Deer Flies, and Horse Flies

Nature PEI’s December meeting will feature a presentation by John Klymko of the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre on flower flies, deer flies, and horse flies. The flies are an underappreciated component of our wildlife. Most tend to go unnoticed, unless they bite, and then they are maligned. But upon closer examination, all flies lead interesting lives, and even the biters have redeeming qualities. This talk will focus on two ubiquitous groups of flies, the deer and horse flies (collectively the Tabanidae) and the flower flies. The natural history of both groups will be discussed, as will highlights from ongoing surveys on PEI. 

John Klymko grew up in southern Ontario where he earned a Master’s degree in entomology at the University of Guelph in 2009. That same year he moved to the Maritimes to work as the zoologist at the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre. Since then he’s been involved in many projects, notably as the director of the Maritimes Butterfly Atlas, a citizen science project that will be showcased in an upcoming book about butterflies of Maine and the Maritimes. John has conducted numerous surveys for flies and other insects throughout the Maritimes, and has identified materials collected by volunteers on PEI.  

Date and Time: 7:30 pm, Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

Location: Beaconsfield, the Carriage House, corner of West and Kent Street, Charlottetown.   

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, all participants must pre-register by contacting  Barbara Dylla (b.dylla@eastlink.ca).  Carriage House seating is much more limited now (we can have up to 37 people sitting in 2s, 3s & 4s).  and we ask that when pre-registering participants advise whether they will be attending as an individual or as part of a household group so the seating can be set up properly.  Due to limited seating, preference will be given to members. 

Participants must enter the Carriage House via the front door, provide their contact information and apply hand sanitizer which is supplied; respect the two-metre social distance rule; wear a face mask that covers the mouth and nose. When the presentation is ended, participants must follow instructions on queuing up to allow exit by the side door. General restrictions for entry are also in effect regarding health and travel status. 

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Climate Change on our Wild Species – Nov 3, 2020

Hello all, There are still a few seats left for Tuesday’s  presentation by Rosemary Curley on the impact of climate change on our  wild species November 3rd,  7:30 pm at Beaconsfield, the Carriage House, corner of West and Kent Street, Charlottetown
Pre-registration is essential to address COVID-19 requirements. Please contact Barbara Dylla (b.dylla@eastlink.ca) to register.


Regards, 
Connie Gaudet

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Island in the Northumberland Strait.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: PROJECT COORDINATOR

The Prince Edward Island Invasive Species Council (PEIISC) is a non-profit group of individuals and organizations focused on creating a framework for the management of invasive species that threaten PEIs economic, environmental, and social health.


Job Description & Responsibilities

We are looking for two highly motivated individuals to fill two similar positions. One will be the NSISC Project Coordinator and one will be the PEIISC Project Coordinator. Each will be responsible for coordinating local projects and programs and leading and growing each organization while working to prevent invasive species spread and impacts.

Specific responsibilities include:
• Lead, coordinate and manage provincial education and awareness to motivate target
audiences to prevent the spread of invasive species
• Develop education resources (signs, brochures etc.)
• Build web and social media presence and increase awareness of invasive species
• Research and write strategic funding applications
• Track and report on project activities, including budget management
• Plan and coordinate invasive species events
• Increase collaboration through organizing webinars, events, and meetings

See full document:

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Autumn Colours in Bonshaw Hills

Autumn Colours in the Bonshaw Hills Provincial Park 

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020 (rain date Sunday October 18)

Time: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM – please arrive by 1:20 PM

Directions: Park at Baptist Church, right across the main entrance to the Bonshaw Hill Park, on the Trans Canada Highway.


The hike will be an easy 2 km along the Ji’ka’we’katik Trail and River, with a chance to observe flora and fauna, and perhaps a few mushrooms. Ji’ka’we’katik (pronounced – Jih Ga Way Ga Dig) means “the place where bass are plentiful” in Mi’kmaq and is the traditional Mi’kmaq name for the West River. 

Group leaders: Rosemary Curley and Barbara Dylla

Map: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/sites/default/files/publications/bonshaw_trails_1.pdf

Please wear clean gearMuddy or dirty footwear or clothing can harbour seeds of invasive plant species, insects or disease spores, contributing to loss of ecological integrity in the park.

Note: Nature PEI assumes no responsibility for injuries sustained by anyone participating in our activities. 

To sign up, please send your name and phone number by Friday, October 16, to Barbara at b.dylla@eastlink.ca


COVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR GATHERINGS:

  • Attendance for contact-tracing purposes will be taken on site.
  • Physical distance of 2 metres with individuals who are not part of one’s household must be maintained.
  • Wearing a non-medical mask is strongly recommended.
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Nature PEI Upcoming Events, October 6, 2020 All About Mushrooms — UPDATE — Registration to attend is now FULL

Hello all,

Nature PEI is pleased to announce that we will be reconvening our monthly meetings at the Carriage House beginning on Oct. 6th as well as offering a fall workshop and field trip.  COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions will be in effect so things will look a little different, especially the need to pre-register for all events. Please note that numbers are limited and preference will be given to Nature PEI members. We will also accommodate groups in social bubbles/household units but ask that you indicate this at pre-registration so that we can maximize seating.  Other COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions can be found below.  

Our first events are all about mushrooms, starting with a mushroom collection and identification workshop followed by an evening presentation at the Carriage House.

Mushroom Collection and Identification Workshop Note this workshop is now full

Oct. 6 – 1:30 to 4:30 at the Nordic Centre, Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park, Brookvale, PEI sponsored by Nature PEI and PEI Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division. Dr. Alfredo Justo, Curator of Botany and Mycology at the New Brunswick Museum will provide a short introduction with collecting tips, then participants in four groups will collect mushrooms in different habitats: hardwoods, softwoods, riparian zone, and meadow/ forest edge. After an hour in the field, an identification session with Dr Justo will follow. To address COVID-19 needs, pre-registration is essential. Contact Rosemary Curley, rcurleypei@eastlink.ca to register. Please bring your face masks as these will be required at the workshop. This event will proceed “Rain or Shine”.

Mycology in the Maritimes: Learning about our mushroom diversityNote – registration for this is now full

Oct. 6 – Dr. Alfredo Justo, Curator of Botany and Mycology at N.B. Museum, will be Nature PEI’s guest speaker with his presentation on mushroom diversity in the Maritimes.  Meeting starts at 7:30 pm at Beaconsfield, the Carriage House, corner of West and Kent Street, Charlottetown.  To address COVID-19 needs, pre-registration is essential. Contact Barbara Dylla (b.dylla@eastlink.ca) to register. Please bring your face masks as they will be required at this event (also see guidelines below).

Alfredo Justo is Curator of Botany & Mycology at the New Brunswick Museum.  He completed his PhD in systematic mycology at the University of Vigo, Spain, in 2006. Following several years of projects in Spain related to mycological conservation and diversity, he spent six years (2009-2014) in a postdoctoral research position with Dr. David Hibbett at Clark University (Massachusetts, USA), focusing on molecular systematics of mushroom-forming fungi. Research and teaching positions followed in Mexico and Spain, and eventually back to the USA where Dr. Justo was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Worcester State University and a Visiting Scholar at Clark University. You can find more on Dr. Justo’s research interests & publications: https://alfredojusto.weebly.com/

Carriage House COVID-19 Rules and Restrictions

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Carriage House seating is much more limited now (if a group is sitting with people from their bubble, we can have up to 37 people sitting in 2s, 3s & 4s). All participants must pre-register and advise whether they will be attending as an individual or as part of a household group so the seating can be set up properly. Participants must enter via the front door, provide their contact information and apply hand sanitizer which is supplied; respect the two-metre social distance rule; bring a face mask that covers the mouth and nose, and wear it until you they are seated and when moving about. When the presentation is ended, participants must follow instructions on queuing up to allow exit by the side door. General restrictions for entry are also in effect regarding health and travel status. 

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History of Nature PEI — Part II Launched

A Voice for Nature: The History of the Natural History Society of Prince Edward Island – Nature PEI
Part II – 1989 to 2019
by J. Dan McAskill

Is now available in full colour format as a pdf document.

As part of its 50th anniversary, Nature PEI committed to celebrating this
special anniversary throughout 2019 and updating the organization’s history was undertaken as a companion piece to a history of the first 20 year completed by Margaret Mallet which covered 1969-1989.

A massive undertaking, Nature PEI is grateful that the long serving editor of the Island Naturalist, J. Dan McAskill took on the role of researching and writing this excellent history.

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