Queen’s receives donation of wetland that will support student fieldwork

September 10, 2019

Queen’s University has received an 18-hectare tract of land from Larry McKeown and Anna Kelly, who donated the land to honour their grandmother, Queen’s graduate Kathleen McKeown. The land is an ecologically significant span of wetland known as a fen, which is home to rare plants, insects, and small animals. The donation will allow students to participate in fieldwork, which is an essential part of the student experience, states Queen’s biology professor Vicki Friesen, adding that the wetland “is completely different from a forest or a river ecosystem... so Queen’s students now have better access to see and study a wider range of plants and animals out in the wild." Queen’s (ON)