Mammals of Prince Edward Island and Adjacent Marine Waters

by Rosemary Curley, Pierre-Yves Daoust, Donald F. McAlpine, Kimberly Riehl, and J. Dan McAskill

This long-overdue book provides a comprehensive guide to the Island’s terrestrial and marine mammals. Rooted in historical accounts and local research, this book illuminates the lives of PEI mammals large and small. From the Little Brown Bat to Sowerby’s Beaked Whale, this book highlights each species in illustrated detail and outlines the continued need for conservation efforts.

No other Canadian province has lost such a large proportion of its mammal species due to the conversion from a forested to a predominantly agricultural landscape. In the 20th century, many marine mammals were so rare due to prior centuries of human exploitation that any sightings or strandings on PEI were recorded. Reforestation and the continued efforts of local wildlife and conservation agencies, along with the use of new and refined study techniques on land and in the sea, continue to improve our ability to understand and protect the native mammals of PEI.

  • December 2019
  • 354 pages, softcover, full-colour illustrations, $49.95
  • ISBN 978-1-988692-32-6
  • Also available as a PDF

PURCHASE THE BOOK HERE or from local stores like The Bookmark, Beaconsfield Museum, Eptek Centre, or Indigo. It is also available online at Chapters and Amazon.


Listen to an interview with Rosemary Curley and Matt Rainnie of CBC Mainstreet here.

Listen to an interview with Radio Canada and Pierre-Yves Daoust here.

Rosemary Curley leads charge in researching and writing Mammals of Prince Edward Island and Adjacent Marine Waters, The Guardian, March 27, 2020

New book details land, marine mammals on and in waters around P.E.I., The Journal Pioneer, February 4, 2020

Review in The Journal of Mammology

Review in The Canadian Field-Naturalist

Review in The Proceedings of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science


Rosemary Curley, MSc, is a retired wildlife biologist and the president of Nature PEI.

Pierre-Yves Daoust, DVM, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Anatomic Pathology and Wildlife Pathology at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, and former coordinator of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative for the Atlantic region.

Donald F. McAlpine, PhD, is Research Curator of Zoology and Head of the Department of Natural History at the New Brunswick Museum and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of New Brunswick.

Kimberly Riehl, MSc, is a research assistant with CetAsia Research Group and a resource management officer with Parks Canada.

J. Dan McAskill is a retired forest manager (PEI Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division), wildlife biologist, and the editor of Island Naturalist.

The authors deserve great praise for producing a handsome and highly useful book, bound to be a classic reference….It should be of interest to every biologist who is interested in the fauna of the Maritime Provinces, and indeed Canada as a whole, as well as to biology teachers in schools and universities.

Bulletin of the Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists
Kimberly Riehl at the Summerside launch on February 2, 2020. A book launch was held in Charlottetown on December 3, 2019.