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Tracking P.E.I. mammals topic of Macphail Woods talk July 27

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There will be a workshop on tracking P.E.I. mammals at the Macphail Woods July 27. - 123RF Stock Photo

An environmental educator will lead a workshop on tracking the mammals of P.E.I. on Saturday, July 27 at the Macphail Homestead in Orwell.

The event starts at 10 a.m. in the Macphail Woods Nature Centre.

There are many species of mammals, both native and non-native in the province. They include everything from tiny shrews to coyotes and red foxes.

Daniel McRae will lead the workshop, helping participants of all ages learn about the native and introduced mammals found on P.E.I. as well as a look at some of the mammals the province has lost. He’ll then lead a tour of the woods to look at a variety of animal tracks and signs.

Changes in much of the Island landscape from forests to farmland have dramatically altered the populations of mammals in the province. Gone are the black bears, fishers, martens, only to be replaced by skunks, raccoons and coyotes, which are relative newcomers to P.E.I.

McRae will offer insights into how to see a variety of species and also how to track wildlife.

Participants are advised to bring good walking shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather conditions.

Admission is free and registration is not required. This workshop is part of an extensive series of activities at Macphail Woods.

For more information, call 902-651-2575, check out the website at or look them up on Facebook.

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