2. Seedy Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Knox United Church, 1448 – 5th Avenue
The PGNC is participating in Seedy Saturday on March 2 and we need to choose a theme for our information table. Are there any members or supporters who could do a display on foraging or on gathering seeds from wild plants? Have you any other seedy themes you would like to help promote? We would love to hear from you at Princegeorgenaturalistsclub@gmail.com
by Tuesday February 12, with suggestions for a theme, including details of how you can help pull the display together.
1. January 13, Annual Swan and Eagle Count
The official Naturalists Club outing on Sunday, Jan 13, 2019, checked out the Crooked River for swans and eagles. Unfortunately, the 200 Road was not ploughed so we weren’t able to snowshoe to a couple of favourite spots. Nevertheless, we tallied 29 Trumpeter Swans, of which only three were immature. This is a good number for the past 20 years or so. We don’t get as many swans as we used to, probably due to our warmer winters. The swans can stay farther north. We saw 4 adult Bald Eagles. The weather was very pleasant and the sun shone quite often. Thank you to Angie, Emily, David W, Bev, Victoria, Andrea and Jake for participating.
Twelve members and non-members checked out the Prince George area (including the Heather Road landfill), Vanderhoof, Ft. St. James, Fraser and Francois Lakes, and the Upper Nechako, Stellaquo and Nautley Rivers for a tally of 194 adult and 45 immature Trumpeter Swans, and 81 Bald Eagles. (Report by Sandra Kinsey)
2. January 17, Life in Subirdia: Mountain Chickadees in Urban Environments
An overflow audience enjoyed Ken Otter’s presentation on how mountain chickadees survive and adapt in urban environments. The research was conducted in the Okanagan with collaborators at Thompson Rivers University. As a naturalist and a gardener, I was intrigued to learn that urban landscapes are not conducive to providing the caterpillers and insects required to feed young chickadees, due to spacing between trees and shrubs. The best thing we can do to support chickadees and other bird life is to grow native species and plant shrubs and hedges which harbour the native insects that birds feed on. This event was presented in partnership with The Exploration Place. (Report by Anne Hogan)
3. PGNC Memberships
The membership year runs from January 1 to December 31. Cost is $25 per year for individuals, $40 for a family, and $15 for students.
Information including payment by PayPal is available at: https://pgnc.wordpress.com/membership/
You can also join the Club or renew your membership at the presentation night on February 21.
Benefits of membership: Subscription to BC Nature magazine, liabiity insurance coverage for Club field trips, 10% discount on bird seed purchased at Spruce Capital Feeds, and invitations to popular events limited to members only.
4. BC Nature Grizzly and Whale Nature Camp, September 9 to 12 at Telegraph Cove
The PGNC is a chapter of BC Nature, a federation of local natural history groups representing over 50 local nature clubs throughout BC. BC Nature is holding a Grizzly and Whale Nature Camp, September 9 to 12, 2019 at Telegraph Cove on Vancouver Island. These events are very popular and often fill up quickly. For more information on schedules, costs and registration, see page 19 of the winter 2018 edition of BC Nature magazine. Registration will start promptly at 9 a.m. on Tuesday March 12 by phone call only.
1. Raising Chicks in the Big City, Friday February 1, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., UNBC Room 8-164
Raising Chicks in the Big City: How colony size limits provisioning rates and reproductive success for an Arctic seabird. Presenter is Allison Patterson, PhD candidate, McGill University. For detailed information go to the UNBC Events page at: https://tinyurl.com/ydxxgwhj
2. RASC Observatory Open House, Friday February 1, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 7365 Tedford Road.
The evening’s talk will be “History of the Hubble Space Telescope” given by special guest Chris Gainor, PhD at 7:30 p.m. with astronomical viewing between 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Dress warmly. Suggested donation of $2/person or $5/family. Please angle park in the newly expanded parking lots.
3. “Ellesmere Light” Expedition, Sunday February 10, 7 p.m., CNC Lecture Theatre 1-306
Come on an adventure across Ellesmere Island with veteran Arctic traveller John Dunn as he makes a 50-day summer crossing of Canada’s northernmost island. Tickets are $15 at eventbrite and at the door. The attached poster provides more information. Thanks to Dave Read for drawing this to our attention. Dave notes that this presentation will be of interest to those who enjoy photography of self-propelled activities in remote places and natural surroundings.