Newcomers to P.E.I. obtained a fast lesson on native ecosystems this weekend.
About 70 newcomers gathered on Saturday to hike the path round Andrews Pond in Charlottetown and learn about the historical past of the realm.
Newcomers walked the path and noticed varied displays highlighting a number of several types of crops and animals native to P.E.I.
“I’ve seen my first eagle nest and that was actually spectacular,” stated Rafa Denor, who was born in Spain however lived in Ecuador for 20 years earlier than shifting to the Island through the pandemic. “It’s a very huge nest and there was an eagle in it.”
It’s all a part of the Newcomers to Nature occasion placed on by the P.E.I. Watershed Alliance and Immigration and Refugee Services Association of Charlottetown.
“We strive to exit to nature right here in P.E.I., in fact it appears to be like lots totally different from the character you discover in Ecuador,” Denor stated. “Being in nature is one thing we at all times loved. My spouse and I did some trekking in Ecuador.”
Denor plans to proceed exploring the Island. He stated he has participated in a number of out of doors occasions with IRSA and plans to come again to Andrews Pond.
The occasion was funded by the P.E.I. Wildlife Conservation Fund.
Juliana Grenzoti, with the watershed alliance, organized the occasion.
“This is at all times about how we are able to take pleasure in nature and bear in mind, how to preserve, how to defend and simply exhibiting them locations they won’t know,” she stated.
Newcomers discovered what plant species are invasive on the Island, she stated.
“I did not understand how many individuals would present up. I used to be pondering 10 and it ended up being 70 individuals.”
Grenzoti is a newcomer herself. She stated she got here to P.E.I. from Brazil 5 years in the past.
“As a non-Islander particular person, it’s good to see what number of organizations are right here trying towards the atmosphere. So it’s important to present individuals, share information, as a result of that may be a huge factor, how one can display how individuals can go in nature and protect issues like not littering or feeding wildlife.”
Grenzoti stated her hope is to do the stroll for newcomers yearly at totally different places throughout the Island.