Blue Jay

Blue jay - CU

Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Our provincial bird is truly colourful, but has some other less attractive features. Especially if there are platform (flat feeders) with lots of sunflower seeds, jays can show up in the dozens and go through a lot of food. There is genuine concern that since blue jays are notorious nest robbers and steal both eggs and young, encouraging excessively high numbers might be detrimental to other bird species. Limiting the amount of food you put out on platform feeders seems to keep down their numbers. Another solution would be some kind of open fencing around a flat feeder, allowing small birds in while keep out the larger jays.

Upcoming Events

Jul
3
Mon
9:00 am Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Jul 3 @ 9:00 am – Jul 7 @ 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
10
Mon
9:00 am Young Ecologists Week 1
Young Ecologists Week 1
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – Jul 14 @ 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
Jul
15
Sat
2:00 pm Forest Restoration Workshop
Forest Restoration Workshop
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Forest Restoration Workshop @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
The Forest Restoration workshop offers alternatives to clear-cuts and plantations, and other ideas on how to improve the health of Island forests. It starts with a presentation in the Nature Centre and then participants will