Upcoming Birding Walk – Saturday June 5, 2021


Birding Walk with Dwaine Oakley.

Take a walk around Allisary Creek to see (and hear!) the great variety of birds that a wetland habitat has to offer. Bring binoculars and your favourite bird guide, if you have them. 

Location: Pigot’s Trail, Mount Stewart

Date: Saturday, June 5, 2021 Time: 7am

Meet in the parking lot at the end of Allisary Creek Lane

People can register by sending an email to Nicole Murtagh,

Barred Owl – photo by Ian Scott


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June 2021 Meeting – New Brunswick Bound with Don and Glenda McLelland 

Nature PEI’s upcoming meeting will feature a presentation on the many natural wonders of New Brunswick through the eyes of avid local naturalists Don and Glenda McLelland.   They will take us on a photographic journey from the Sackville Waterfowl Park all the way to Minister’s Island for a trip across the ocean floor.  Along the way we will visit the Johnson’s Mills Shorebird Reserve, the famous Tidal Bore, Hopewell Rocks, the Artist’s Garden and Fundy National Park.  Don notes that the one fascinating feature that  these areas have in common is the highest tides in the world – up to 36 feet at Hopewell Rocks.  This is a great opportunity to take a virtual trip off Island and to find lots of ideas for planning your own future trip. 

You do need to reserve your seat.

Event: New Brunswick Bound with Don and Glenda McLelland 

Date and Time: 7:30 pm, Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

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

Facebook Live event link. 

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, all participants must pre-register by contacting Connie Gaudet (to make sure that I don’t misplace your email, please send a separate message with “Nature PEI May meeting registration” in the subject line).  You should receive a confirmation of your registration within a day or two. 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.

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May Meeting 2021 — Dr. David Cairns 

Tuesday May 4, 2021 – The Invention of Polar Bears and the Spoiling of the Great Arctic Party – Dr. David Cairns will be Nature PEI’s guest speaker with his presentation on polar bears which evolved an eye-blink ago in geologic time. His presentation recounts what happened when they arrived in an unsuspecting and unprepared Arctic world. Meeting starts at 7:30 pm at Beaconsfield, the Carriage House, corner of West and Kent Street, Charlottetown.

This meeting is currently at capacity with pre-registrations but it will be broadcast via Facebook Live starting at 7:30 pm. It will be available here.

Dates and Time: All meetings start at 7:30 pm, on the first Tuesday of the month.

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 Connie Gaudet.  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. 

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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Hillsborough River Assoc. AGM — April 13, 2021

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Monthly Meeting – April 6, 2021


Tuesday Apr. 6, 2021 – A Basic Introduction to Identifying Gulls on PEI– Donna Martin will be Nature PEI’s guest speaker with her presentation on identifying the Island’s gulls. 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 Connie Gaudet to register.

To address COVID-19 needs, preregistration is essential. Contact Connie Gaudet at conniefairmont@gmail.com to register.

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Friday – March 26, 2021, Invasive Species Council workshop

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Island Wings Colouring Book

Island Wings a colouring book produced by Nature PEI is available for download and suitable for printing as individual colouring sheets; the book is a creative way for families to learn more about the birds around them and have fun doing it.

The description of the birds also includes a link to more material on iNaturalist a top site for citizen science and learning.

Check out the colouring book Island Wings.

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March Meeting — Update

Due to the current public health restrictions the March meeting for Nature PEI has been cancelled.

Stay safe.

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Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count started on Feb. 12th and runs to Feb. 15th. This free 4-day annual event allows bird watchers to contribute their sightings be it in their backyard or on a field trip. The GBBC creates a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. Anyone can participate, from beginners to experts. You can count for as little as 15 minutes on a single day, or for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps the birds See http://gbbc.birdcount.org/

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Coming Soon – Island Wings

Island Wings a colouring book produced by Nature PEI a number of years ago is coming soon to a computer printer near you. Available for download and suitable for printing as individual colouring sheets the book is a creative way for families to learn more about the birds around them and have fun doing it.

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