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About the Host – Don Jardine

I am a climate researcher and have been associated with the Climate Research Lab at the University of Prince Edward Island since it was created in 2012. I have been interested in the weather and climate of Prince Edward Island for many years and have been compiling stories and data about the weather, climate, phenology, coastal erosion, and the impacts of a changing climate on our Island province. I have worked in the environmental field for over 30 years and have travelled to many geographic areas of the province by land, air and sea to investigate events which have occurred over time. In recent years, I have been installing climate and tidal monitoring stations across the province to enable the collection of data to assist with the analysis of the impacts of a changing climate on our fragile coastline and inland areas. Other interests include photography, birding, preservation of historical events and artifacts, and local history.

I am currently looking for historical diaries from PEI residents who recorded weather, climate, ice occurrence or phenological happenings. Specific examples include the date of navigation closure in Charlottetown or Summerside harbours due to ice and opening of navigation in spring after ice departure. Records of the date of first occurrence of spring peepers, wood frogs, migratory bird arrivals in spring, the date of blooming of plants such as wild strawberry, dandelion, willow, mayflowers, pink lady’s slipper, and others. The dates of first fall frost, first snowfall of the autumn, last spring frost, first sowing of wheat or grain crop, date grain or wheat harvest begins are also of interest.

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