Twenty Five for Twenty Five

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Twenty Five for Twenty Campaign

Help us grow for another 25 years!


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.

And we can do so much more…

quinton-fox-faceSo 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.

 
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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.

 

 

Here are some of the highlights of our year:




Schoolground Naturalization

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.

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Bird Banding

Completed a second season of bird banding. Super Exciting!

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Nature Camps

Taught over a 100 children at our Sharing a Love of Nature summer camps.



Native Plant Arboretum

Continued to expand our native plant Arboretum with an area devoted to sunny plants.



Festival of the Forests

Celebrated our 25th anniversary with a over 100 attendees at our first annual Festival of the Forests.

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University Course

Taught our eighth full credit university course on ecological forestry through UPEI’s Environmental Studies Program.

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School of Woodland Ecology

Launched a new initiative – The Macphail Woods School of Woodland Ecology. We have already offered three courses and will expand the offering next year.

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Workshops

Hosted over 15 free workshops, our most popular being the annual Owl Prowl that drew hundreds of excited participants keen to hoot.

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Restoration Work

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.

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Confederation Forests

Continued work on the three Confederation Forests that we started planting in 2014.



Native Plant Nursery

Worked hard to streamline the nursery, improve soil, add new species and keep growing healthier plants.


Upcoming Events

Jul
24
Mon
9:00 am Becoming a Naturalist Week 2
Becoming a Naturalist Week 2
Jul 24 @ 9:00 am – Jul 28 @ 3:00 pm
This camp builds on the camper’s ability to encounter and describe the natural world. They will use journals, collecting equipment, and take part in many fun activities that will expand their understanding of how to
Jul
29
Sat
10:00 am Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
A walk and talk looking at the native and introduced mammals still found on PEI, as well as a brief look at some of the mammals we’ve lost. After a brief presentation, we’ll head off
Jul
31
Mon
9:00 am Young Ecologists Week 2
Young Ecologists Week 2
Jul 31 @ 9:00 am – Aug 4 @ 3:00 pm
This camp will begin to introduce the campers to the amazing complexity of our native Acadian forests. They will dissect owl pellets, take part in forest restoration planning and plantings and develop their understanding of