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The Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island, sponsor of the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project, has has received support for the banding project from the provincial Wildlife Conservation Fund, TD Bank’s Friends of the Environment Foundation, the provincial Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division, and Phillips AgriServices. We hope to continue this project into the future so that it becomes not only a source of important information on forest birds and habitat but also an integral part of our educational work.
The Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) Program is a continent-wide collaborative effort among public agencies, non-governmental groups, and individuals to assist the conservation of birds and their habitats through demographic monitoring.
MAPS data provide insights into important questions such as:
The Macphail Woods’ 57 hectares (140 acres) are predominately wooded and include a pond and several streams. This property is a research and demonstration site for the restoration of native forests and includes four walking trails, a native plant nursery and an arboretum.
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Selkirk Road Public Forest
Like most woodlands in Prince Edward Island, the Selkirk Road Public Forest reflects its cultural history. Part of the property was once farmed and has grown up in white spruce, other areas were never cleared and still contain beautiful large yellow birch and hemlock. These huge trees provide homes for barred owls and the rare pileated woodpecker. Along the stream running through the woodland, you can find three species of rare native plants – witch hazel, black ash and hobblebush. And in the spring the vernal pools are home to pickerel frogs and newts. The size of this woodland is important, as it is becoming increasingly rare within the province to find large blocks of forest.
We’ve had great support and wonderful volunteers to help us with this initiative, Thanks to all who have made this project possible.
Banding Project Volunteers