Still no protection

In March of 2019, I wrote a column on the province’s lack of protection for our flora and fauna not listed under the federal Species at Risk Act (SA...

Flowers & pollinators

When wandering around a forest, it is the overall health of the ecosystem that most often captures my attention. Is there a diversity of trees, shrubs...

A bob-bob-bobbin’

I’ve had several conversations recently with people who were surprised to see American robins hanging around this winter. These birds are usually th...

Bounty of nuthatches

Red-breasted nuthatches are commonly sighted across Prince Edward Island. They boldly frequent bird feeders, looking for protein and fat. If you build...

Winter birding

There are days in December when it is difficult to venture outside of a warm house. The winter winds are howling, some form of snow/ice/sleet is threa...

Climate Change and Islands

Institute of Island Studies co-hosts virtual event at COP26

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is underway in Glasgow, Scotland. UPEI’s Institute of Island Studies is co-h...

Trees in Winter

I know it is early, but November always gets me thinking of the colder months ahead. Most of us know the importance of trees in winter, especially in ...

Unearthing the past

New archaeology exhibit at Acadian Museum

Islanders and visitors can learn more about four important Island archaeological sites at the Acadian Museum of PEI in Miscouche. In partnership with...

Another strange one

Wandering across the Island, there is no shortage of interesting plants. There is a great mix of trees and shrubs in the Acadian forest, orchids galor...

Forest and wetland returned

American family generously donates back to Islanders

A game-changing cross-border partnership between Island Nature Trust (INT) and American Friends of Canadian Conservation—launched to help American l...

Freshwater enhancements

PEI salmon gets some special attention

The Hillsborough River Association (HRA) and Pisquid River Enhancement Project (PREP) will soon commence electro fishing to assess the numbers of vari...

Buzz about pollinators

There is growing interest in protecting pollinators and enhancing their habitat. Many of our provincial watershed groups are continuing their excellen...

Feathery fundraising

The Bennett Fall Birding Classic for species at risk

Each autumn, for the last 27 years, Island Nature Trust (INT) and Nature PEI join forces in a team event for birds and nature. The Bennett Fall Birdin...

Black Marsh

There are so many beautiful areas on Prince Edward Island to observe nature—remnants of our native Acadian forest full of migratory warblers, breath...

Hooray for peatlands

Island Nature Trust receives valuable carbon sink donation

Island Nature Trust (INT) recently secured a significant carbon sink peatland in its largest single acquisition to date. Recognized for its high ecolo...

Rare birds cooperate

It really is a lovely thing when rare birds cooperate with passionate bird lovers. Too often I’ve been notified of sightings of snowy owls, cattle e...

A healthier future

Parks Canada presents the Park Promise

On June 21, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Parks Canada will be launching the Park Promise. As stewards of PEI National Park, Parks Canada is passionate ...

Finding new flora

The go-to place for information on native plants in Prince Edward Island is the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre website (accdc.com). They hav...

Loving your elders

Our native elderberries cause some confusion to those learning about plants. First of all, “elder” sounds a lot like “alder,” but they are two...

What bird is that?

There are some fantastic books around on bird identification. Yet though I love books, I’ve never been particularly adept at leafing through field g...

Penny’s Point protected

Island Nature Trust acquires iconic Island coastline

Island Nature Trust (INT) recently acquired their first Natural Area in 2021: Penny’s Point Natural Area in Fortune Bridge—a small but ecologicall...

New ED at Island Nature Trust

Bianca McGregor has been appointed the new Executive Director for Island Nature Trust (INT). Incumbent Executive Director, Megan Harris has now moved ...

Coastal forests

Coastal forests are incredibly important components of our Island ecosystem. The often-relentless winter winds pound the vegetation along our north sh...

Emerging thought leader

Stephanie Arnold recognized by WIIS Canada

Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada has named UPEI’s Stephanie Arnold as one of its Emerging Thought Leaders in the category of climate ch...

Grosbeak comeback

Many Islanders will remember the sight of large flocks of evening grosbeaks visiting their feeders in the 1980s. I’m sure those flocks kept sunflowe...

Plant publications

When learning about plants and plantings, it is always useful to have information that targets native species in your locale. I’m happy to announce ...

Illustrated Flora of PEI

Work has started on the fourth section of the publication Online Illustrated Flora of PEI thanks to a grant from the PEI Wildlife Conservation Fund an...

The root of it all

Seeing healthy trees that you have planted is a great legacy.  Lately, though, I’ve been rethinking the whole idea of treeplanting. In 2019, Justin...

The spice of life

More than ever, people are starting to realize the importance of pollinators. They used to be just pesky bees and wasps interrupting our outings that ...

Fascinating orchid

There is something very special about orchids, whether they are domestic ones that grow indoors or native species that can thrive in our Maritime clim...

Beautiful dogwood

PEI is graced with four native dogwoods. The smallest is a common woodland wildflower called bunchberry. Like all dogwoods, the veins in the leaves ru...

Answering the call

What’s beeping in that tree? When I teach people how to call for owls, it is generally the barred owl’s “who cooks for you, who cooks for you-a...

Evening visitors

Quite often when I’m giving talks about forests or wildlife, I’ll mention flying squirrels. They’re one of my favourite mammals, but as they are...

Hidden Life of Trees

Books have always been a big part of my life. And though I read a lot of fiction, I am forever beholden to books that help me gain a better understand...

Winterberry holly

When it comes to plants, I’m drawn to ones that provide multiple returns. The ostrich fern is also the source of delicious fiddleheads. The sugar ma...

A special legacy

Islanders should be feeling grateful for the recent donation of 100 acres of woodland to the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead in Orwell. The descendants ...

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