Published March 18, 2022

Statement by Premier Dennis King on the retirement of Senator Griffin

Hon. Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island issued the following on the retirement of Senator Diane Griffin: 

“On behalf of the Government of Prince Edward Island and all Islanders, I want to thank Senator Griffin for her six years of leadership in Canada’s Senate.   

There was never a topic too large or controversial that Senator Griffin wasn’t willing and able to tackle. Whether it was dual EI zones, basic income guarantee, regional transportation links in Atlantic Canada, truth and reconciliation, or the PEI potato trade crisis – Diane brought a respectful tone to all deliberations and always remained focused on what was best for Islanders in her role as Senator.   

In the first meeting I had with Senator Griffin after becoming Premier she spoke about the Imagination Library project she had learned about in Nashville the year prior. For months after that meeting Senator Griffin laid the necessary groundwork to launch the program in October 2020. Since the launch, the program has served 4,300 individual children and has provided Island families with over 50,000 high quality children’s books.   

Diane’s calm demeanour and well-developed thoughts and opinions are respected by all sides of both chambers in Ottawa. She never looked for credit and made the most out of every day that she served our province – her shoes will be difficult to fill for whomever comes next.   

On behalf of all Islanders, I would like to wish Diane all the best in her retirement from public life.” 

Media Contact: 
Adam Ross
Office of the Premier
adamross@gov.pe.ca

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Red Fox Health on Prince Edward Island

Red Fox — photo by Donna Martin

We are pleased to announce that Dr Megan Jones will share her firsthand knowledge of Red Fox health on PEI at the monthly meeting of Nature PEI, Tuesday, March 1 at 7:30 pm at Beaconsfield, the Carriage House, in Charlottetown.  This promises to be a topic of high interest to Islanders following a mange outbreak that greatly reduced the fox population in the Charlottetown area.

Dr. Jones is the regional director of the Atlantic node of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, and is a wildlife pathologist and assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), UPEI. 

Covid regulations limit attendance to 50 persons.  Mask-wearing is required throughout the meeting.

To reserve a seat please contact Nicole at:    nicole_murtagh@hotmail.com

 We also plan to have the presentation available both live and recorded for later watching at:  https://www.facebook.com/NaturePEI

 Please bring items for the raffle table, and toonies to buy raffle tickets. It will be possible to renew Nature PEI memberships at the meeting.

With regards,

Jeanne Maki

Director — Programs and Publicity

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AGM — via Zoom on Tuesday Feb 1, 2022

Dear Nature PEI Members and Friends,

Nature PEI postponed our Annual General Meeting in January 2022 and will now hold it on Tuesday, Feb 1st at 7:30 pm. Our meeting will be conducted by Zoom and will last about an hour or possibly less. You can call in by phone if your internet speed does not allow you to use the video option.

Links to the meeting and an agenda will be forwarded to you before the meeting. An Annual General meeting is integral to keeping out Society running. Please mark this in your calendar and join us at the appointed time.

The Member’s Night Presentation originally scheduled to follow the AGM will be put off until we can meet in person and members can talk about their photos displayed on a big screen. Gerald MacDougall is still accepting photos and is looking forward to presenting the talk in April or whenever we can next meet in person. send three slides with subject line “Members Night Photography” to Gerald MacDougall eagle.dynasty@gmail.com  If not acknowledged as received, phone or text Gerald at 902 316-0837.

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Membership for 2022

It is time for new and renewed membership in Nature PEI
The annual cost is $20 –

$40 for 2 years

Three easy ways to pay


By PayPal or credit card at:
https://naturepei.ca/join/

By cheque sent to
Nature PEI
P.O. Box 2346
Charlottetown, PE C1A 8C1

By cash: at a meeting of Nature PEI

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Red Fox – photo by Donna Martin
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January 2022 Meeting Cancelled

Dear Nature PEI Members

Due to the COVID situation, we have cancelled our meeting on Tuesday January 4th, and hope to have out AGM on February 1st , either in person or virtually, likely virtually.

February 1st is Members Night

February 1 2022 Members’ Night: Show us Your Shots, Tell us a Story.

Directions: send three slides with subject line “Members Night Photography” to Gerald MacDougall eagle.dynasty@gmail.com. If not acknowledged as received, phone or text Gerald at 902 316-0837.

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Latest poster in Nature PEI’s healthy fox project.

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PEI 2021-22 Christmas Bird Counts

April 29th -May 2nd , 2022,  City Nature Challenge in Summerside- Kensington-Miscouche and Charlottetown-Cornwall-Stratford. Enter records on iNaturalist. Watch for updates.  

Please bring a friend, items for the raffle table, and toonies to buy raffle tickets. It will be possible to renew Nature PEI memberships at the meeting.

Note – As per provincial requirements for public events, participants will be asked to show their PEIVaxPass in either printed or electronic format, and face masks are mandatory.

PEI 2021-22 Christmas Bird Counts – Please keep these dates in mind and contact these coordinators if you would like to participate,

Dec. 14th to Jan. 5th – The Audubon Christmas Bird Counts. These are held annually across Canada, United States,Latin America and the Caribbean.Nature PEI hosts four of these 24 km diameter count circles:

Dec. 18th (Saturday) – The East Point Christmas Bird Count. Please contact Dwaine Oakley at 393-6223or dwaine.oakley@gmail.com for details and to register. The date may change in the advent of severeweather so please contact your coordinator.

Dec. 19th (Sunday) – The Prince Edward Island National Park Christmas Bird Count – Please contactDan McAskill at 902-393-4385 or E-mail at jdmcaskill@pei.sympatico.ca for information or toregister. The date may change in the advent of severe weather so please contact your coordinator.

Dec. 27th (Monday) – The Hillsborough Christmas Bird Count. Please contact Dan McAskill at 902-393-4385 or E-mail at jdmcaskill@pei.sympatico.ca for information or to register. The date may changein the advent of severe weather so please contact your coordinator.

Jan 2 (Sunday)- The Montague Christmas Bird Count. Please contact Scott Sinclair via E-mail at scsinclair@pei.sympatico.ca for information or to register. The date may change in the advent of severe weather so please contact your coordinator.



Jan. 1, 2022 – Annual renewal date for members

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Latest Fox Poster From Nature PEI

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Red Fox Health on Prince Edward Island – Dec 7th, 2021

Dr Megan Jones will share her firsthand knowledge of Red Fox health on PEI at the monthly meeting of Nature PEI, Tuesday December 7th , 7:30 pm at Beaconsfield, the Carriage House, in Charlottetown.  This promises to be a topic of high interest to Islanders following a mange outbreak that greatly reduced the fox population in the Charlottetown area.

Dr. Jones is the regional director of the Atlantic node of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, and is a wildlife pathologist and assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), UPEI. 

All are welcome to attend on condition of providing proof of two vaccinations for Covid-19 and mask-wearing throughout the meeting.

Please bring a friend, items for the raffle table, and toonies to buy raffle tickets. It will be possible to renew Nature PEI memberships at the meeting.

UPDATE:

Hello Everyone,

Our Fox Health talk is cancelled for tonight due to speaker illness, and instead ….

Dr Kathy Martin will speak on The World Wide Nest Web: The Role of Tree Decay and Cavity-Nesting Bird Ecology

Kathy is a recent an internationally recognized researcher on birds and a recent recipient of the UPEI distinguished alumni award as well as a recipient of the Brewster medal from the American Ornithological Union, where she is the Past President.

All are welcome to attend on condition of providing proof of two vaccinations and mask-wearing throughout the meeting.

Please bring a friend, items for the raffle table, and toonies to buy raffle tickets. It will be possible to renew Nature PEI memberships at the meeting.

With apologies for late notice, but one cannot predict a sudden illness.

Red Fox – photo by Donna Martin

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Latest Nature PEI poster is released.

An ongoing effort to educate the public by Nature PEI has led to a series of posters in 2021 that helps provide information to those who might be under the misunderstanding that feeding foxes is helpful to them. The posters will hopefully help all Islanders realize that foxes stand a much better chance to remain healthy on a more natural diet using their keen skills as hunters and foragers. Please feel free to share these posters and help share the message that true kindness places the health of these creatures first and is much more important than luring them with human food.

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