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This has been a big year at Maphail Woods!
It’s our 25th anniversary and we are humbled by the generous support that has helped us get to where we are today. We are also incredibly proud of the work that the whole Macphail Woods staff has accomplished in those 25 years. It has been a pleasure watching seedlings grow into trees that are now producing their own seeds, rare native plants as they become more abundant, and the progress of our campers as they return each summer.
So here’s our birthday wish: we are looking for individuals willing to make a $25 quarterly donation to help fund our work. If you have an interest in improving the ecological health of our Island communities – everything from forest restoration and environmental education to climate change and protection of wildlife habitat – then please make us part of your charitable giving. Your donation will have an impact on the quality of our Prince Edward Island environment and directly improve the lives of its inhabitants.
For example, over the past three years we have cultivated our native Swamp milkweed – essential habitat of the beautiful Monarch butterfly. Each summer these rare beauties have been laying eggs, hatching and pupating in greater numbers. This illustrates our Macphail Woods’ philosophy; if we commit to doing the work that needs to be done, it gets done.
So please give and, even better, find five friends who would be willing to help the cause and together we can reach our goal of a healthy and vibrant Island.
Together, with the help of 500 students from Eliot River school, we planted 1500 native plants, creating windbreaks, habitat for wildlife and reforesting unused green space.
Completed a second season of bird banding. Super Exciting!
Taught over a 100 children at our Sharing a Love of Nature summer camps.
Continued to expand our native plant Arboretum with an area devoted to sunny plants.
Celebrated our 25th anniversary with a over 100 attendees at our first annual Festival of the Forests.
Taught our eighth full credit university course on ecological forestry through UPEI’s Environmental Studies Program.
Launched a new initiative – The Macphail Woods School of Woodland Ecology. We have already offered three courses and will expand the offering next year.
Hosted over 15 free workshops, our most popular being the annual Owl Prowl that drew hundreds of excited participants keen to hoot.
Started restoration work on a 10 acres block of forest here at the Macphail Woods site,creating small patch cuts, removing invasive species and native species plantings.