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There are many species of mammals, both native and non-native, on Prince Edward Island. This includes everything from tiny shrews to coyotes and red foxes.

On Saturday, July 27, Daniel McRae will lead a workshop on Tracking the Mammals of PEI at the Macphail Homestead in Orwell. The event starts at 10am in the Macphail Woods Nature Centre.

Mr McRae is an environmental educator at Macphail Woods and will help participants of all ages learn about the native and introduced mammals found on PEI, as well as a look at some of the mammals we’ve lost. After a brief slideshow, he’ll lead a tour of the woods to look at a variety of animal tracks and signs.

This workshop is a great activity for the whole family.

The long history of European settlement and the changes in much of the Island landscape from forests to farmland has dramatically changed 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 PEI. Mr McRae will be offering 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, as there will be an outside component to the workshop. Bug protection is advised, but bug hats will be available for participants.

Admission is free and registration is not required.

The workshop is part of an extensive series of activities at Macphail Woods. For more information on this or upcoming events, please call 651-2575, check out macphailwoods.org, or Facebook.

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