The Warblers are coming!

There are many special times to be a birding enthusiast on Prince Edward Island. Watching Northern Gannets as they soar over the waters off East Point in the fall. Taking…

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No “waste” wood

We often hear people talking about “waste” in forests. We’ll use “waste” wood for biomass. Or that a fallen tree is being “wasted.” Or even that Fiona laid “waste” to…

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Learning to love nature

My introduction to nature really started on some woodland outings, not in classrooms. That’s probably as it should be, though I think classrooms can be fantastic places to entice young…

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More on lichens

About a year ago I wrote a column about lichens—that strange family of interesting organisms that are neither plant nor animal.   Lichens are certainly oddities, being neither plant nor…

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Healthier forests

On Prince Edward Island, many of our rare plant species are linked to how we’ve treated our forests over the past three centuries. We have lots of coastal areas, windbreaks,…

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Snowbirding

Winter is truly a strange season. Some people absolutely adore it, while others flee to warmer climes. Personally, winter is a treasure. I love the beauty of a snowy day,…

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Growing diversity

When faced with environmental problems such as climate change, threats to water, soil erosion, and a loss of biodiversity, it is easy to feel helpless. Too often we ask ourselves…

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What’s in a name?

I’ve been thinking of names a lot recently, wondering why people seem to go out of their way to make things confusing. When I’m teaching classes or leading walks, I…

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Rhapsody with Science

Harry Thurston is an award-winning poet, naturalist and globe-travelling journalist whose environmental and nature writing has appeared widely in North American magazines, including Audubon, Equinox, Canadian Geographic, and National Geographic.…

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The Art of Water Security

The Art of Water Security is a free, community-engaged workshop to be held August 26 from 1–4 pm at Beaconsfield Carriage House during  this year’s Art in the Open (AITO)…

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