Beaconsfield Beaver May 2017
Now, the sight of a wild beaver on the front lawn of Beaconsfield Historic House is rather puzzling. He swam in from across the harbour somewhere, we guess. Beaver cannot live in salt water, but will indeed swim in it. This fellow disappeared very soon after the sighting, but we have these great images provided to us by Katelyn Proude. Hopefully he has found some fresh water and has made himself a new home.
Our Urban Foxes
on the rocks, (successfully too) at Beaconsfield
and neighbour's properties. Foxes are a very common
sight in Charlottetown and they help to keep the
rodent population down.
Natural Science Specimens of Prince Edward Island: An Updated Inventory
2014 Maritime Butterfly Atlas Newsletter
The Search for Prince Edward Island Science Specimens
Here are a few more exciting finds: Are Little Brown Bats on the brink of extinction? White-nose syndrome has decimated bat populations in North America. Four Myotic lucifugus, Little Brown Bats were found at the same locality in Cavendish and collected by J. Sherman Bleakney on June 19, 1958. The specimens are stored at the Wildlife Museum at Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia. In the 1983 inventory report on natural science specimens it was indicated that there were 29 little brown bats collected at Green Cables House. It is unknown where the other 25 bats went. There were also 11 little brown bats found in Queens County, at the Northeastern University in Boston.
Inventory of Natural Science Specimens of Prince Edward Island, by Kathy Martin, 1983 [PDF format]
The New Brunswick Museum has 24 avian records. In the collection is Anser brachyrhynchus; this Pink-footed Goose has the status of being an accidental, and non-breeding species on the Island. It was collected in Mayfield, north of New Glasgow on December 2, 2010.
Marine specimens that have stranded on the Island are processed by the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre (at the Atlantic Veterinary College). Some are on display at the college, others are stored and on display at the New Brunswick Museum. In 2013, a White-beaked Dolphin, Lagenorhynchus albirostris was found the North shore in 2013, but a rarer whale, a Sowerby’s Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon bidens stranded at McNeil Brook, NE of Cavendish on June 5, 2013. The Sowerby’s beaked whale is a whale that is rarely sighted. No population estimates have been made and as of 1991, there are about 90 records of the species. The majority of the records are from around the British Isles. Interestingly, these whales only have two teeth.
Sowerby’s Beaked Whale skull on display at the New Brunswick Museum
Photos credit: “Museum of Vertebrate Zoology”, UC Berkeley
But...the most exciting find of all is “Leidy”. Bathygnathus borealis (Leidy), this unique fossil of a dimetrodon or sail-backed reptile (a scaly carnivorous reptile that could grow 3 meters in length) was found in 1845 in French River, PEI. It was examined by Joseph Leidy and donated to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Mass in 1854. Dimetrodon prospered during the middle Permian period, between 280 and 265 million years ago. The first dinosaurs, according to the current state of our knowledge, evolved in South America during the middle Triassic period, about 50 million years later. A copy of the fossil is stored at the UPEI Biology Museum.
The list goes on and there is more to come.....stay tuned!
Great Gray Owl
Earle Kennedy collection, described as: mineral-barite-fossil-tree stem, collected at Hillsborough Bay
Corpse Snail Arianta arbustoru
An Addition to the North American Range of a Purported Potential Pest. Donald F. McAlpine1,*
and Robert G. Forsyth1, 2; Notes of the Northeastern Naturalist, Issue 21/1, 2014.
ascular plant species that were not known before have been discovered on the island,
and additional localities have been discovered for some rare species.
A new update to the 1985 version of Plants of Prince Edward Island is due.
in Souris in 1952 by David Erskine.
P.E.I. Early Hairstreak. Photo by John Klymko
in P.E.I. is not in particularly good condition as you can see from the picture. The specimen will eventually be moved to the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John.
Early Hairstreak in Quebec. Photo by Peter Hall