Island Nature Trust AGM
September 19, 7:00pm
Join us for our Annual General Meeting! The evening will include a recap of the last year’s activities, presentation of the Hon. J. Angus MacLean Natural Areas Award, and election of new board members.
The evening will also feature a presentation by Dr. Sonya Richmond and Sean Morton. Sonya and Sean are passionate about nature, hiking, photography, birding, and exploring new places. That’s why they decided to leave their jobs, sell their house and, in June 2019, began a journey to walk across Canada on the Great Trail from Cape Spear, NL to Victoria, BC, and then from Edmonton, AB to Tuktoyaktuk, NT. They have dedicated their hike to raising awareness about birds and specifically Important Bird Areas as they travel through the country.
At our AGM, Sonya and Sean will share some stories from the trail, as well as some of the strategies they are using to encourage youth and others to participate in conservation. Their approach involves sharing ways to identify birds using accessible, free, downloadable Apps, opportunities to become Citizen Scientists, and a few simple, fun steps to help birds who range from our own backyards to the Boreal. For more information on their journey, visit them online at https://www.comewalkwithus.online/
The AGM starts at 7:00 PM at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House, corner of West Street and Kent Street, Charlottetown. Everyone is welcome to attend! There is no cost to attend but donations are always welcome!
25th Annual Bennett Birding Classic
September 21, All day event
Get ready for the 25th Annual Bennett Birding Classic!
The Bennett Birding Classic is a great opportunity to get involved in bird watching at any level. Each year, teams with three to seven members gather pledges then head out in the wee hours of the morning to find as many species as possible in one 24-hour period.
The Bennett helps to gather important information on fall species in PEI, while raising funds to secure their habitat. And there is some healthy competition between teams too! Everyone is invited to join a team or enter your own and collect pledges for Island Nature Trust.
Steps to participate:
1. RECRUIT team members or contact Island Nature Trust to join an existing team
2. REGISTER your team with Island Nature Trust and receive pledge sheets
3. COLLECT donations and pledges for Island Nature Trust. Make sure you get the donor`s mailing addresses so they can receive a tax receipt. Donations should be delivered to Island Nature Trust promptly after the Bennett.
4. BIRD!! Spend the day with your team searching for as many bird species as possible across PEI.
5. REPORT your findings to Island Nature Trust as soon as possible
*The rain date for this event is Sunday, September 22nd*
Youth Bennett Birding Event
September 21, 9:00am to 11:00am
The Youth Bennett Birding Event is the youth counterpart event to the Annual Bennett Birding Classic. The Youth Bennett is open to any young birders. No previous birdwatching experience required!
Birders will meet INT staff at the Jenkins Complex Natural Area
parking lot. From there we will walk the trails into the natural area,
counting birds in the various habitats we encounter along the way!
Parents are welcome to stay for the walk.
Note: Birders under 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent. BYOB (bring your own binoculars), or we will have some to share!
*The rain date for this event is Sunday, September 22nd*
How to get there: From Stratford, drive east on the Trans-Canada Highway (Route 1) for approximately 13 km. Turn left onto the 48 Road (Route 5). Travel for approximately 4.5 km on the 48 Road, and the Jenkins Complex Parking Lot will be on the left side of the road. We will have a sign out marking the spot! About a 12 min drive.
DeRoche Pond Celebration
September 28, 10:00am to 2:00pm
2019 is a big year for Island Nature Trust and Nature PEI; it’s INT’s 40th anniversary and Nature PEI’s 50th. To celebrate, we are hosting a joint event at one of INT’s oldest protected areas, the DeRoche Pond Natural Area.
Everyone is invited to come out to DeRoche Pond and stay for the full day or part of the day. Various activities will be happening throughout the day, including: canoe trips across the pond, guided nature tours, and kids games. There will be fun for the whole family!
*The rain date for this event is Sunday, September 29th*
Everyone is invited to come out to DeRoche Pond and stay for the full day or part of the day. Various activities will be happening throughout the day, including: canoe trips across the pond, guided nature tours, and kids games. There will be fun for the whole family! Note: The rain date for this event is Sunday, September 29th
A full schedule of events will be available soon.
Cost: Admission by donation.
Meeting Place: Blooming Point Beach Parking Lot on MacDonald Road
Driving Instructions: From Charlottetown, travel east on Rte. 2 for approximately 16 km to the community of Tracadie Cross. Turn left onto Blooming Point Rd. (Rte. 218). Travel approximately 8 km on Rte. 218 and turn left onto MacDonald Road. The Blooming Point Beach parking lot is about 1 km down MacDonald Rd., on the right. About a 28 min drive.
GPS Coordinates: 46.418521, -62.947923
Percival River Walk
October 19, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Join Island Nature Trust for a walk along the beautiful PercivalRiver! The Percival River is a beautifully undeveloped long estuarine ecosystem in western PEI that locals cherish but few othershave explored. Plan on learning more about the salt marsh habitat protected in our Alaska properties as we walk along the riverfrom our Acadian Marshes Natural Area. The shallow waters atthe mouth of this river are teeming with life and a magnet forwildlife; of course, nothing beats the colour of Spartina saltmarsh grasses in the fall!
Note: Be prepared for a 2 hour walk on uneven ground.
*The rain date for this event will be Sunday, October 20th*
How to get there: From Charlottetown, take the Veteran’s Memorial Highway (Route 2) to Kensington, about 48 km. Turn left at the main intersection in Kensington, continuing on Route 2 until the community of West Devon, approximately 57 km. Turn left onto the Beaton Road. Drive down Beaton Road for approximately 6 km. Grande Digue Road will be on the left side of Beaton Road.About 1 hr 30 mins.
GPS Coordinates: 46.611289, -64.111265
MacKinnon’s Bog Walk
October 26, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Join Island Nature Trust for a walk through the MacKinnon’s Bog Natural Area!
Autumn colours in a bog are stunning, with bright red pitcher plants, yellow larches, and vibrant lichens. Come out for a guided walk and learn more about this unique, sometimes harsh environment where plants are carnivorous to compensate for nutrient-poor soils.
Note: Walking through a bog can be challenging and tiring. Be sure
to bring adequate food and water for the two hour trip. Please bring rubber boots, water, and snacks.
*The rain date for this event will be Sunday, October 27th*
How to get there: From Charlottetown, take the Trans-Canada Highway heading east across the Hillsborough Bridge, turn left onto Route 3. Keep on Route 3 until Poole’s Corner. At Poole’s Corner enter the roundabout and take the third exit onto Route 4. Drive for 4.6 km then turn left onto Cardigan Road (Route 313). Travel on Route 313 for about 5 minutes (6.9 km) until you see the INT sandwich board sign. We will park along the side of the road and enter property from there. (about a 40 minute drive from Charlottetown).
GPS Coordinates: 46.307666, -62.614999