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Red-backed Salamander
Red-backed Salamander
Red-backed Salamander
Red-backed Salamander
You must contribute at least $ 25.00 to get this item
The red-backed salamander is one of three native Salamanders on PEI. A moist environment is critical to their survival as they are lungless and moisture aids in breathing through their skin. The red-backed salamander is generally found in forests, foraging through leaves and loose bark at the base of deciduous trees, or guarding their subterranean nests of eggs from scavengers. Conserving well-established forested areas is crucial for the survival of the species. Red-backed salamanders have difficulty adapting to clear-cutting and agricultural conversion; it may take the population up to 20 years to recover after a clear-cut in their home territory. Red-backed salamanders can be identified by length (5.7 to 12.7 cm) and color (a red/orange stripe down their back from the neck to the tail). Neat fact: They can drop their tails if under attack from a predator and grow a new one. In doing this the animal will have lost much of the fat reserves it needs to survive the winter.

If you must handle a red-backed salamander (or any amphibian), be aware that they are particularly vulnerable to drying out, and they absorb chemicals easily through their skin. Use wet hands that are free of lotions, sanitizers, and insect repellents.

Minimum: $ 25.00
Boreal Chickadee
Boreal Chickadee
Boreal Chickadee
Boreal Chickadee
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The boreal chickadee is a year-round resident of Prince Edward Island. The term “boreal” refers to its habitat of coniferous forests near water and “chickadee” is an onomatopoeia for the bird’s signature song. With a brown back and throat, grey wings and tail, and white cheeks, the boreal chickadee is a small, easily identifiable bird on the island. The boreal chickadee is known to hoard its food, seeds, or insects, and are attracted to bird feeders. When extracting food from a large seed such as a sunflower, the chickadee will hold it between its feet and hammer at the seeds with its bill.

Being previously at risk, the boreal chickadee population has increased in recent decades due to habitat conservation efforts!

Minimum: $ 25.00
Northern Red Oak
Northern Red Oak
Northern Red Oak
Northern Red Oak
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The red oak is Prince Edward Island’s provincial tree. Hundreds of years ago, the red oak was common in Island forests; however, due to its strong, fine-grained wood, it has been highly sought after by furniture makers. Land-clearing and harvesting has greatly reduced the distribution of red oak on the Island and it now only grows in a few coastal locations.

The red oak is a medium-sized deciduous tree, growing up to 25 m tall and 30 cm in trunk diameter. The red oak is a fast-growing oak and is tolerant to road salt. It is a beautifully symmetrical tree with brilliant-colored red leaves in the fall season. Red Oak is one of our most important wildlife trees. They are a favourite for snowshoe hare to browse, and the acorns are coveted by red squirrels, blue jays, grackles, and many other species.

Minimum: $ 25.00
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