Observation Deck Construction

October 11, Day 2: Volunteers finished excavating the footings and installed the sono tubes

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October 12, Day 3:  Nowell Senior: “The crew did an incredible job today”. Concrete is poured and platform constructed!

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PG Naturalists Club Events & Notes, 11 October 2014

Club Event

Presentation on Northern Fungi, 7:00 pm, Thursday, October 16, Exploration Place

UNBC’s fungi expert Hugues Massicotte will give a talk entitled “Exploring and managing northern mycological resources” –  a slideshow on things we know and things we wish we knew. If time remains, a short presentation on pelagic whale-and-bird watching will follow the main course after a break.
Note:  Scheduled presentations typically take an hour or so, which leaves time for a “b” presentation, or event, or discussion.  Please let us know if you have any suggestions for these.

Hudson’s Bay Project

1. Observation Deck #1 at the Hudson’s Bay Wetland

Following months of planning and preparation, construction started on October 10 on the observation deck on the south side of the Channel and west of the footbridge. A team of volunteers is building the deck. If you would like to help out, please contact Nowell Senior at 250-562-6785 or email him at nowell.senior@gmail.com. Nowell can provide details of work to be done as well as any necessary tools or equipment and safety gear that volunteers should bring to the tasks.

Volunteers are needed for Sunday morning!

2. Weed Cleanup, Hudson’s Bay Wetland

Ten volunteers turned out on a damp morning on October 3 to cut down Canada Thistle and dig out Common Tansy south of the channel by the footbridge. The mission was to clear the area before construction started on the observation deck. Volunteers were from Deloitte, Prince George Naturalists Club, Caledonia Ramblers and Prince George Singles Activity Group. Special thanks to Dave Bradshaw at the City of Prince George, and Andrea Eastham for making the event possible on short notice.

3. HB Wetland Presentation Featured on uTube

There’s a fine uTube presentation prepared by the Artist Response Team following their visit to northern BC to talk to people working on wetland projects. It’s part of a submission to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. An early feature covers the HB Wetland project. Take a look at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyZ-FChnHH4

Notes

1. Remembering Susan Stevenson

A memorial will be held for Susan, a fine friend of Prince George Naturalists, at UNBC on Oct 23, 7:00 pm in the Bentley Centre. Susan was very active and influential behind the scenes in researching and conserving natural areas, particularly for caribou. A scholarship fund is being established in her name, and will be announced by Darwyn Coxson at the memorial.

2. Attending Club Executive Meetings

The Club Executive meets at 7:00 pm on the second Wednesday of the month at the Fish Hatchery on River Road to discuss business. All club members are very welcome to attend these meetings.

3.  Steller’s Jay Invasion?

Multiple reports are being received of Steller’s Jays appearing in PG locations where they’ve not been seen for many years.  If you spot any unusual wildlife, report it on the Club’s ncenbird listserver (it’s not just about birds!) or let a member of the Club Executive know.

4. TWS (UNBC)  Wildlife Photo Competition

If you’d like to submit photos to this annual competition, drop off your 10 X 8 photos (maximum three) at the TWS table at the UNBC Wintergarden on October 14 or 15. Further information can be obtained from Cale Babey babey@unbc.ca.

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Prince George,
BC V2L 4V2

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Clive Keen

Hudson’s Bay Wetland Observation Deck

Construction of an observation deck began yesterday on the south side of the Channel, west of the footbridge. Lots of volunteers, lots of work! We’ll post photos here as things progress. By the end of November The Club expects to have both a new observation deck and a nature trail in place. Special thanks to Pacific Salmon Foundation, TD Friends of the Environment, and TransCanada for supporting the Club’s work to make this a remarkable urban wetland in the heart of Prince George.

Anne

Observation Deck 1

PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 30 September 2014

Club Events

1. Hudson’s Bay Wetland, Canada Thistle Removal, Friday, October 3, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers are invited on a work party to remove Canada Thistle from the south side of the Hudson’s Bay Wetland channel where construction will soon start on a new nature trail and observation deck. Removing the thistle will make it easier for the volunteer deck builders and will improve the view of the channel.

Volunteers should wear closed shoes and long sleeves. If possible, bring long-handled loppers. You can also bring your favourite weed whacker. A limited supply of hand clippers and extra work gloves will be available on site. This work party is combining forces with the Northwest Invasive Plant Council and a group of volunteers from Deloitte. Our Naturalists Club group will meet at The Exploration Place parking lot at 10:30 a.m. For more information please email Anne at pgnaturalists@hotmail.ca .

2.  Presentation on Northern Fungi, 7:00 pm Thursday, October 16, Exploration Place

It’s moving into fungi season, so UNBC’s fungi expert Hugues Massicotte will give a timely talk entitled “Exploring and managing northern mycological resources” –  a slideshow on things we know and things we wish we knew.

Shows a Black Bear walking on grass with trees in the background.

Black Bear

Watch out these days for hyperphagic bears, such as the one in this photo who was wandering around a local garden recently – and take care not to leave food around that will attract them. To find out what “hyperphagic” means, go to http://www.northernbearawareness.com/ .

Notes

1. Open House at Observatory, Friday, October 3
Nights are getting darker, so the observatory  watching season is under way. If you’ve never moon watched – the waxing gibbous Moon will be particularly well placed for observing. See http://pgrasc.org/ for details.

2. Annual UNBC Wildlife Society Calendar Competition
You are invited to submit your best wildlife photos for the annual TWS Calendar competition, which is expected to take place October 14-17. Photos must be 8×10, with landscape display preferred. Submission costs for non members are $5 for the first photo and $2 for each additional photo, to a mximimum of three. More details can be obtained from Staffan.Lindgren@unbc.ca

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PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 23 September 2014

Club Events
1. Presentation on Important Bird Areas (IBA),  7:00 pm Friday, September 26, Fish Hatchery, River Road

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Meeting Place

James Bradley of the IBA Program will be giving a short presentation on Friday evening and then, on Saturday, leading a field trip to the IBA of Tachick and Nulki Lakes.  The field trip departs at 7:30 am from under the Spruceland Shopping Centre sign. To find more about IBAs, head to http://www.ibacanada.ca/.

2.  Presentation on Northern Fungi, 7:00 pm Thursday, October 16, Exploration Place
It’s moving into fungi season, so UNBC’s fungi expert Hugue Massicotte will give a timely talk entitled “Exploring and managing northern mycological resources” –  a slideshow on things we know and things we wish we knew.

Notes

1. Brief Wetland Project Update
– MP Bob Zimmer, and the Vice-President of the Pacific Salmon Foundation – which has provided significant funding to the Wetland Project – will be touring the wetland in November, and getting an update on progress.
– Work will be starting on one of the channel-side trails in the coming days.
– Ducks Unlimited have committed to being a major partner on the wetland project.

2. Club Social
The Club Social last Saturday was very well attended, and lots of fun. Thanks go in particular to Allan Carson for proposing and organizing the event, which is likely to become an annual affair.

Shows a small Pygmy Owl being held in a hand by just a few fingers.

Pygmy Owl

3. Mugaha Marsh Bird Banding
Today is the final day of operations for the 2014 season (July 19 – September 23).  More than 3000 birds have been banded this season – including the station’s first Pygmy Owl (photo courtesy of Chris Coxson). A final report will be circulated soon via ncenbird.

4.  Tumbler Ridge designated a UNESCO Geopark

Congratulations to Charles Helm and his team on yesterday gaining UNESCO designation of the Tumbler Ridge area as a Geopark. A Geopark is a unified area with geological heritage of international significance, and Tumbler Ridge is just the second to be so designated in North America.

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Prince George Naturalists Club Social

Prince George Naturalists
Club Social

All members and prospective new members are welcome to a wonderful evening event.

Where: Spruce City Capital Fish Hatchery
When: September 20th, 2014 from 6-9pm

Evenings activities will include:
Wine and Cheese
Nature trivia with PRIZES!!
Trivia categories will include: Geography Genius, Brilliant Botanist, Bird Brain and Mammal Master
50/50 Tickets
Slideshow of PGNC members (and non-members) nature photography

For those members who know others that would like to be a member of the club, please feel free to forward this invite. For those who are parents, children are welcome to this event.

If you would like to share your pictures from this summer’s nature adventures, you can send your pictures to Allan at allan.carson@alumni.unbc.ca and we will have them displayed for all to see.

Admission fee is $5. A great selection of cheeses, fruits and non-alcoholic beverages (i.e., coffee, tea, juice) will be available. All proceeds from the event will go to supporting future club events.

Please RSVP for the event to Allan by email at allan.carson@alumni.unbc.ca

PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes – Sept 11th, 2014

Club Events1. Presentation:  7:00 pm, Thursday, September 18, The Exploration Place
Erin O’Brien will give a talk entitled “Effects of male plumage colour and habitat quality on mate choice in mountain bluebirds.” Erin is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at UNBC and has extensively researched the effects of environmental and individual variation on the life-history strategies on tree swallows, mountain bluebirds, and great tits.

2. Club Social, Saturday, 20 September

All members and prospective new members are welcome to a wonderful evening event.
Where: Spruce City Capital Fish Hatchery
1384 River Road, Prince George, BC
When: September 20th, 2014 from 6-9pm
Evenings activities will include:
Wine and Cheese
Nature trivia with PRIZES!!
Trivia categories will include: Geography Genius, Brilliant Botanist, Bird Brain and Mammal Master
50/50 tickets
Slideshow of PGNC members (and non-members) nature photography
For those members who know others that would like to be a member of the club, please feel free to forward this invite. For those who are parents, children are welcome to this event.
If you would like to share your pictures from this summer’s nature adventures, you can send your pictures to Allan at allan.carson@alumni.unbc.ca and we will have them displayed for all to see.
3. Important Bird Areas  – talk and field trip, 26 and 27 September
James Bradley will be coming through Prince George at the end of the month and will be giving a talk on IBAs on Friday 26th and leading a field trip on Saturday 27th. Details are still being worked out, and will be given either through this email link or through the ncenbird listserv.

Notes

1. Membership
The club now has 71 paid-up members. It would be great to have 100 for the City’s centenary, to confirm the commitment of the City to the enjoyment, understanding and protection of the natural world. Consider bringing a friend to the social on Saturday 20th.2. Arizona Presentation follow-up
As a follow-up to the presentation on August 21, Mike Nash has a slideshow of the April 2014 trip at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvebYBUnYzA&feature=youtu.be

3. Salmon Run
You’ve probably heard that this is a banner year for salmon in the Fraser, but perhaps not there’s a new platform for watching the run at Valemount. See:
http://www.anglersatlas.com/photo/688847?utm_campaign=EmailFollowers&utm_source=reply&utm_medium=OminecaRegion&utm_content=photo

4. Access to Shelley Lagoons
If you’re not on ncenbird, and need access to the Shelley Lagoons for birding, contact Clive Keen for information.

5. Tabor Mountain Recreation Society – grand opening of the Dougherty Creek Senior and Wheelchair Trail, September 19, 10:45 – 2:00
Dougherty Creek nature trail is located 23 km south of Prince George. You take hwy 97 south to Buckhorn road till you reach a major bend in the road (6.8km) where you turn left onto Scott Road. Travel to the end of Scott Road (2.4km) to where the gravel starts and take the first right (.2km) and then travel to the main parking lot. You are at the trail head.

6. Water Gratitude Society
There are three Rivers Day events this month:1. September 13, Water Prayer Pot workshop with Leanna Carlson and Fraser River Clay, 1-4 pm $25
2. September 16,  Beaded Bracelets For Your Water Taps with Kate Roxburgh, 6:30-8:00 pm $15
3. September 28, The Bank of Gratitude – World Rivers and Culture Day, 10am-2pm. Free.  Fraser riverbank.

Details can be found at www.thebankofgratitude.net

Clive Keen