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Nature P.E.I. gearing up for January meeting

Moths flying around the light bulbs. – 123 RF Stock Photo
Moths flying around the light bulbs. – 123 RF Stock Photo - Contributed

Screening of A Midsummer Night’s Screen: Moths at the Back Door” and talk by Bob Harding to be featured

The January meeting of Nature P.E.I. will feature a rare look into the secret life of moths with Bob Harding.

“Since most moths fly under the cover of darkness, many people think of them as drab and colourless – and not nearly as interesting as their butterfly cousins,” said Harding.

“But when they settle down after flying in dizzying confusion at the porch light, they reveal striking patterns and colours.”

Harding with share photos of the creatures and through stories and knowledge will help attendees understand the nocturnal creatures.

He will also show how anyone can become a citizen scientist and contribute to the body of knowledge of P.E.I. moths.

Harding has been studying dragonflies and damselflies for over 25 years. But his contributions to natural history also include surveys for spiders, birds, amphibians and reptiles, and several insect species. He continues to share his enthusiasm and knowledge of nature with young and old alike.

Harding was awarded the P.E.I. Environmental Award, the Lieutenant-Governor's Greenwing Conservation Award, and the P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation’s Natural Heritage Activity Award. He is currently the acting Public Outreach Education Officer for Parks Canada in PEI and serves as Secretary on the board of Nature P.E.I.

All are welcome at the Carriage House on Jan. 8, to meet Harding and learn what may be found at your own back door. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. with highlights of Nature P.E.I.’s year, a raffle and refreshments. The feature presentation starts at 8 p.m.

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