Fragile Inheritance
ecological change
in Canada
mission cray fish
Mission: Fragile Inheritance promotes and supports the long term study of species and habitats, human & environmental effects on them, and the conservation of biodiversity, based on the lifetime work of Fred Schueler & Aleta Karstad.

"These examples continue to reinforce to me the value of good inventory and the valuable contribution of many of the contributors on the NatureList."

Fragile Inheritance
6 St-Lawrence St
Bishops Mills Oxford Station
Ontario, Canada KOG 1T0
(613) 299-3107


Fred and Aleta have a long association with the oldest museum in Canada, The New Brunswick Museum — donating specimens, collaborating with research in Amphibians, reptiles, and Molluscs, illustrating publications, and participating in ten years of annual BiotaNB surveys.

These are two-week-long all-taxon surveys — extended Bio-Blitzes — working through each of New Brunswick’s “Protected Natural Areas”, and attended by as many as 50 invited specialists in a diversity of fields including vascular plants, mosses, fungi, moths, dragonflies, beetles, ants, molluscs, annelids, small mammals, fish, and amphibians & reptiles.

The museum’s collection treasures over 40 of Aleta’s original paintings. These have been done mostly on site during BiotaNB surveys, in Aleta’s role as “Resident Artist.” and include commissioned portraits of NBM Research Associates participating in BiotaNB surveys.

Fred and Don portrait
Aleta’s portrait of Fred with Don McAlpine, NBM Head of Zoology in the BiotaNB field lab set up in the Court House Museum, Gagetown New Brunswick.

What can we do to increase awareness of habitat loss, invasive species, and human impact on nature?

There is no other independent organized group in Canada which is dedicated to promoting long term monitoring. This is your chance to support the work of Fragile Inheritance.

About the book...
a painter's ecology of glaciated North America

lavishly illustrated with watercolours and
descriptive prose from sea to sea
drawing the baseline for
a legacy of beauty and
change - Aleta Karstad
and Frederick W .
Schueler's life work