Sean Blaney will give an overview of P.E.I. flora and explore its relationship to plants of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, at the Dec. 5 meeting of Nature P.E.I. at the Beaconsfield Carriage House at 7:30 p.m.
“I’ll be discussing some significant recent discoveries and a few favourite showy flowers,” says Blaney, executive director and senior scientist at the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre (AC CDC) in Sackville, N.B.
Since 1999, he and his colleagues have documented about 1000 of the 1150 species of vascular plants that have even been known to occur on the Island, including 50 or more new species for P.E.I.
Overall, he has compiled about 14,000 species occurrence records on P.E.I. including about 2,700 occurrence records of provincially rare species.
Blaney’s intense early interest in birding led to eight summers of employment at Algonquin Provincial Park where he developed a strong interest in field botany. He obtained a master’s degree in plant ecology from University of Toronto. Then he came to the Maritimes as the AC CDC’s botanist in 1999. Since then he has travelled throughout New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island studying plants in the field, and working daily to further document the status and distribution of the region’s vascular plants, mosses and lichens.