(SAB) is a non-profit group dedicated to the conservation, protection, and enhancement of wildlife habitat in eastern Prince Edward Island. Since 1954, we have been working tirelessly for the betterment of our community so that future generations can continue to enjoy the natural world around them!
Keila, a Souris native, started working at the Souris and Area Wildlife Branch in 2015. She enjoys spending her free time exploring the beach, streams or snowshoeing through pristine winter landscapes with her two dogs Bruce and Doug; enjoying the fresh air, atmosphere and all that nature has to offer. Keila also spends her time volunteering for local sports organizations as well as various conservation and environmental committees.
She is the Vice President of the Prince Edward Island Wildlife Federation, a Provincial Board of Director with the Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Treasurer of the Canadian Wildlife Foundation. She also serves as the PEI Wildlife Federation Representative on the Board of Directors for the Island Nature Trust and is one of the Co-Chairs of the Basin Head Marine Protected Area Advisory Committee, with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
As the Co-Watershed Coordinator for the Souris and Area Branch of the PEI Wildlife Federation she oversees and manages many diverse and significant conservation strategies in Eastern Prince Edward Island, particularly concerning Atlantic salmon stream habitat enhancement efforts and the implementation and promotion of healthy watershed ecosystem initiatives within Souris and the surrounding communities.
Frances, originally from the UK, started at Souris wildlife as a volunteer before being hired on as a Project Manager in April of 2016. Along with Keila, Frances manages a diverse set of projects, most recently managing the development of the Basin Head Interpretive Park. She is also in charge of running the “Basin Head - Beyond the Beach Experience” tours, an interactive experience that dives into the history, ecology, and biology of all things found at Basin Head. Frances has recently become a board member of Island East Tourism Group, an organisation that aims to increase and enhance tourism in eastern PEI. She enjoys running on the PEI dirt roads, camping, and exploring what the Atlantic Canadian provinces have to offer.
Luke began working with Souris Wildlife in 2016, while still in high school, and gradually worked his way up to his current supervisor position. Luke has a wide variety of skills that are an asset to Souris an Area Wildlife Branch, from carpentry to managing crew assignments. Currently, one project that he is leads is our Coastal Restoration Fund salt marsh restoration site along Souris River. For this project, coconut fibre logs are placed along the marsh edge and sediment is pumped onto the marsh to help build it up while the logs hold it in place. Luke is also heavily involved in our stream enhancement, agricultural, and salmon projects. He holds his chainsaw operator card and is a licenced trapper. Luke is eager to learn new skills and share what skills he has with the others that he works with.
Mike has worked for Souris and Area Wildlife Branch since 2011 and leads many of our ongoing field projects. One of these projects is our stream enhancement work. As a chainsaw operator, he clears away blowdowns, brush and blockages to improve fish passage, plants trees to provide a healthier canopy cover and installs brush mattresses to aid in silt trapping. An avid licenced trapper, Mike also helps to regulate the beaver population in our management zones to avoid blockages from dams. In the fall, he runs our annual electrofishing surveys with his Backpack Electrofishing certification. Mike’s knowledge of the flora and fauna within our management area is abundant and he is always willing to share this knowledge with the people he works with.
Jake, a current UPEI student, started working at Souris Wildlife in 2015. As a field technician, Jake assists in all field ongoing field projects such as running a chainsaw for a stream enhancement crew, planting willows, and checking fish traps. His enthusiasm for his work is evident to all who work with him, and he is always willing to step up and do what is needed to get a job done. His time at Souris and Area Wildlife Branch has provided him with a great skill set that he can apply to his studies, and a great appreciation for the environment.
2020 is Tyler’s first full season with Souris Wildlife and has taken on the role of Project Lead for the DFO contracted Basin Head Green crab removal project. He also assists with other ongoing projects such as Irish moss restoration, stream enhancement, and salt-marsh restoration. A graduate of Shorter University with a degree majoring in Ecology/Field Biology and Natural Sciences, Tyler first came to us as an intern with the Canadian Conservation Corps, a program put on by the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Tyler has moved to Souris from Edmonton, Alberta and is really excited to continue learning about both marine and freshwater sides of our ecosystems as well as the rest of the wildlife on the Island.
As our newest crew member, 2019 is Madelyn’s first summer here with Souris Wildlife. She has taken on the supervision of the projects contracted by DFO occurring in the Basin Head Marine Protected Area such as nutrient and flow monitoring of stream inputs, green crab trapping, eelgrass monitoring, and Irish moss restoration. She has also assisted in our Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation spring salmon smolt trap daily activities and data compilation and collection. A recent graduate of both the University of New Brunswick and the Marine Institute of Memorial University, Madelyn has the experience in not only the field work, but also the daily office work conducted at Souris and Area Wildlife Branch. She is enjoying learning more about the freshwater side of our ecosystem and is excited to continue exploring our watersheds further.
Fred Cheverie has been an active member of Souris and Area Wildlife Branch for over 40 years and has been Souris and Area Branch of the PEI Wildlife Federation's Watershed Coordinator for 14 years. He is a retired school teacher with 31 years of experience particularly in science, math and outdoor education. Fred's tremendous experience in establishing and achieving ecological monitoring plans make him a skilled leader who regularly gets out into the community to help educate stakeholders about their surrounding environment. Fred is a certified electro-fisher and has many other courses related to watershed management, most recently a stream rehabilitation training program certified through Trout Unlimited Canada and The University of Guelph. Fred sits as Vice-Chair of the PEI Watershed Alliance; Co-Chair of the Basin Head Marine Protected Area Marine Advisory Board Committee and he is the Kings County representative of the PEI Wildlife Federation. He is involved diligently with many other local communities and events, often continuing to enter classrooms to spread his wealth of knowledge about the environment.
President: Nathan Cheverie
Vice-President: Danny Grant
Treasurer: Stephen Flynn
Secretary: Eric Richter
Past President: Kevin Robertson
Kings County Representative
Kelli Miller Kickham
(Back Row - Left to Right) Danny Grant, Justin McKinnon, Jimmy MacDonald, Kelly Miller Kickham, Roland MacDonald, Fred Ward.
(Front Row - Left to Right) Joe MacDonald, Dylan MacIntyre, Fred Cheverie, Stephen Flynn, Eric Richter.
Missing from photo: Nathan Cheverie.