Partnership with PEI Nature Tracker
The City of Charlottetown is pleased to announce a new partnership with PEI Nature Tracker, encouraging residents to explore and connect with nature in the City.
As the weather grows warmer and social distancing measures continue, it is a perfect time for outdoor activities. Residents can participate in Charlottetown Nature Trackers by taking photos of the different plants and wildlife and uploading them to www.peinaturetracker.ca. As motivation, different levels can be achieved, each of which is associated with a customized button. Levels include:
- Backyard Hero: Residents can upload sightings of two plants and two wildlife species observed in their own yards.
- Urban Naturalist: Residents can upload sightings of two plants and two wildlife species observed in parks or public spaces in Charlottetown.
- Community Scientist: Residents can upload three sightings of trees the City is currently monitoring for insect pests or invasive plant species. These include the species listed on Nature Tracker’s Invasive Species Priority List as well as ash and elm trees.
The Community Scientist level assists with identifying invasive species and other species of interest. Invasive species, such as Garlic Mustard and Glossy Buckthorn, are introduced to an area outside of their native range and threaten the environmental, economic, and social health of the new area where they grow. Because of this, it is important to know their whereabouts so that their populations can be managed. Additionally, various native tree species, including ash and elm, are particularly susceptible to invasive pests. It is important to have an accurate inventory of these trees to ensure they can be monitored. The public’s help in locating these species in Charlottetown is very useful.
When each level of PEI Nature Trackers is achieved, residents can register to receive recognition and their prize.
PEI Nature Tracker was launched in 2016 and is a tool that citizens can use to track nature sightings. Photos of plants and wildlife can be uploaded to the site, where observation and location can be tracked and shared with the public. This is a great way to monitor and celebrate the biodiversity within Charlottetown and around the island.
To help residents learn what species they can look for while they are out exploring, a seasonal scavenger hunt will be released. This is a particularly fun way to get kids involved!
For help identifying plants and animals, refer to the “links” available at www.peinaturetracker.ca.
PEI Nature Tracker includes a feature allowing any sightings uploaded to be shared to Facebook. All sightings that are publicly posted on Facebook prior to June 30, 2020 will be entered into a prize package of nature-based items and local goods.
For more information on the initiative please visit the Environment and Sustainability section at: www.charlottetown.ca/naturetrackers