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May Flowers, Flat Fish, and other “Lovely Visions of Spring”: April on the Bain Farm

While other farmers readied the plow and burnt brush on new clearings, Francis Bain spent most of his April days in the woods and on the shore writing about the first migratory bird sightings. 1,873 more words

Environmental History

Real Time Climate Change: Farm Diaries and Phenology in Prince Edward Island

(A guest article posted by Joshua MacFadyen on www.activehistory.ca)

It is 24 April, and although some Canadians have been mowing grass for weeks the spring plants on Prince Edward Island are only beginning to overcome the cold nights and occasional flurries that visit this island in April. 178 more words

PEI Fauna

Mud Isle: Mussel Mud Digging on PEI

This morning I wrote an article for NiCHE Canada’s blog on the use of mussel mud fertilizer. The extraction and spreading of mussel mud on Prince Edward Island’s frozen fields was a winter activity recorded by all of the 19th century contributors to Real Time Farming. 1,967 more words

Environmental History

On Thin Ice: Crossing the North River, PEI in a Lightning Storm, 1866

In this post, PEI naturalist Francis Bain describes his short journey home from ‘Town’ just before dark.  As he crossed the North River, a thunder and lightning storm approached from the south and turned the evening sky into a vivid display of light and water. 256 more words

Francis Bain's Midwinter Birding, York Point, 1866

York Point 1866

Feb 8, Saw the red-crested and black headed wood peckers together. The former I think would weigh twice the other. In

every other respect, save the crest, they appear identical. 221 more words

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Francis Bain's Understanding of Ecological Systems, 1866

1866, York Point, Jan 20

The present system of the world is founded on Geology. It is the nature of the underlying rock determines the kind of soil, and the soil determines the plants, and the plants the animals. 509 more words

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