PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 14 May 2016

Club Events

1.  Presentation by Dave Leman and Cheryl Livingstone-Leman, 7:00 pm, Thursday, May 19, The Exploration Place

The Leman team will be giving a prop-rich talk on conservation in Africa. Dave has been to Africa seven times, for up to a year at a time, and in August will be co-leading a two-week trip to Tanzania, focussing on the regional biodiversity and ecology, wildlife conservation, and natural resource management issues.
2. 28th Mt Robson Bird Blitz, June 3 to 5
Participants will be staying at Robson Meadows Campground: the notice board at the campground entrance will indicate at which sites. For information, contact Gail Ross at gailross1@telus.net, or Nancy Krueger at 250-563-7896. Note that in future the Bird Blitz will be held every second year rather than annually.
Club Event Reports

1. Hudson’s Bay Wetland Cleanup, April 24

It was a cool and damp Sunday morning. Despite this, 13 hardy volunteers turned out, including several members of the Prince George VLA Enhancement Association. We picked up litter around the western end of the Wetland at Norwood Street and along the waterway from Norwood to the Carrie Jane Gray underpass in Strathcona Park. We had a needle disposal kit but found few needles, just a few spent cartridges. Most of the litter was what you would find in any well-used park or open space except for a couple of large items of furniture that had been tossed in the bush near the Wetland. Members of the VLA team hauled them out and disposed of them in the bin provided by the City of Prince George. The biggest problem we observed was the blocked culverts along the waterway through the VLA, reducing or preventing the flow of water into the Wetland. Special thanks go to Lee from the VLA for hosting us at the Green Space on Oak Street and to Terri at REAPS for her support and for delivering hot coffee donated by Tim Hortons. We are grateful to BC Nature for their financial support to help clean up the waterway into the Wetland.

2. Hudson’s Bay Wetland Planting Party, May 8

This time it was a cool, damp Sunday afternoon – perfect conditions for planting. Fifteen volunteers met at the observation deck by the footbridge to remove invasive plants and plant native shrubs. See Bob Steventon’s photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/bubba55/sets/72157665742611333/. We combined forest industry-style planting with gardening tricks to try to improve the plant survival rate in this inhospitable environment. Eric, Katryna and Breanne from Spectrum Resources led the way by digging over 100 large planting holes using pick-axes and shovels (a task beyond the ability of most volunteers). Others followed behind to plant prickly roses, black gooseberry, willows and red-twig dogwood using lots of compost, water and a special teabag fertilizer developed for forestry replanting. Volunteers also dug out two large contractor bags of the dreaded common tansy roots, and replanted bare areas with wild grasses and fast-growing fescue and annual rye seed. Anne Hogan and Sandra Kinsey filled over 90 4L jugs with water and hauled them to the site along with the plants. Penni Adams and Northwest Invasive Plant Council provided hand tools and gloves and a shelter tent. We are grateful to Allan Carson, Naturalists Club Board member, for making us aware of the teabag fertilizers; to the City of Prince George for staff support; and to Heather Meier (Club Vice-President) for lending us her shelter tent as cover from rain showers. Pacific Salmon Foundation provided funding for the replanting project.
 
Other Events and Notes
1. Aquatic Invasive Species
An Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Workshop will be held on Thursday June 16th, from 11:00am-4:00pm. in Quesnel, BC, atThe at the Billy Barker Casino Hotel Showroom in Quesnel. Supported by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, this event will bring regional stakeholders together, raise AIS awareness and identify actions to protect the Cariboo from the threats of these harmful invaders. See https://www.regonline.com/QuesnelAISworkshop .
2. BC Birding Atlas
The BC Birding Atlas, the result of five years of observations and the efforts of 30 authors, 20 editors, 45 coordinators, 1,300 field volunteers, 40 photographers and 150 partners, supporters and special contributors, is now complete. You can explore it at www.birdatlas.bc.ca.
3. Global Big Day
Today (14 May) has been the Global Big Day, during which more than 10,000 birders will have recorded sightings of 5,000+ species of birds. You can see the results at ebird.org/globalbigday/.

PGNC Events and Notes 6 May 2016

Club Events

  1. Hudson’s Bay Wetland Planting Party Sunday May 8, 12 noon to 4 p.m.

 “Don’t pick flowers for your Mother – plant a native plant and pull a weed in her honour!” Volunteers are invited to a planting party at the Hudson’s Bay Wetland. We will be working near the deck and trail on the south side of the channel, close to the footbridge that crosses the channel. Parking is available at The Exploration Place in Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park. From there it’s a short walk across the grass to the footbridge. People can also walk in from Regents Crescent along the paved trail.

This event will be of special interest to Master Gardeners in Training and natural resources and environmental studies students, as it will provide first-hand experience of the challenges of planting in difficult soil and moisture conditions.

We will plant native plants and remove competing invasive plants. Native plants include prickly rose, black gooseberry, willow, red twig dogwood, yarrow and a native grass. Our efforts will improve habitat for birds, pollinators and other wildlife. All plant and nature lovers are invited to participate!

Volunteers should wear closed shoes. If possible bring your favourite work gloves, digging tool and a wheelbarrow, large pail or a bucket to carry compost a short distance to the planting areas. We will provide shovels, spades, hand clippers and extra work gloves, also water, juice and energy bars. A shelter tent will be available for people to take breaks from the sun. For more information please contact Anne at pgnaturalists@hotmail.ca.

  1. Bird House Auction at the Home Show Benefits the Wetland Project

The Prince George Home Show, run by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of Northern BC, has contributed a remarkable $1,000 towards the Wetland project, resulting largely from their inaugural bird house auction. All kudos to Laurie Hooker and Terri McConnachie.

 Other Events

Mt. Robson Bird Blitz, June 3 to 5

From Gail Ross: The 28th Mt Robson Bird Blitz will be held on June 3rd to 5th. We will be staying at Robson Meadows Campground (and the notice board at the campground entrance will indicate at which sites). For those who are planning to come, please let me know by email at gailross1@telus.net, so that I can provide any additional information to you closer to the date.  After this year, we are going to have the Bird Blitz every second year.

Are you receiving this newsletter by email after events have happened? You can reset your email delivery from Weekly to Instantly or Daily.  

 

PGNC Events and Notes, 15 April 2016

Club Events
1. Field trip: Spring Owling, 7:30 – 9:30 pm, Saturday, April 16
Early spring is the best time of year to hear the hooting of owls, and Jack Bowling will be leading a trip to some of the most promising local haunts. Meet at the usual spot under the large Spruceland Shopping Centre sign for a 7:30 pm departure and dress for the night weather.
 
2. Field Trip to Wilkins Regional Park, Monday, April 18, 8:00 am start
Heather Meier will be leading a leisurely 3 km birding/nature stroll starting at the Wilkins main gate (which will be locked). Trails are in great condition.  Everyone welcome but no dogs please.
Meet at Spruceland mall under the usual Spruceland/Save on Foods sign at 8:00 am. Carpooling will depart at 8:15 am.  Trip will conclude by noon.  Please contact Heather at chickadeebc@gmail.com if you have any questions.   
3. Presentation by John Neville, 7:00 pm Thursday, April 21, The Exploration Place
Many will know John Neville, the Immediate Past President of BC Nature and longtime nature-sound recordist – see http://nevillerecording.com. John will be talking on The Birds of the Boreal Forest. 
4. Hudson’s Bay Wetland Cleanup, Sunday April 24,  10 a.m. to 2 p.m
This year we will work around the west end of the Wetland  and along the waterway that runs through Milburn and Strathcona Parks before flowing into the Wetland. We are combining forces with volunteers from the Prince George VLA Enhancement Association who did so much last year to get large garbage items out of the waterway (See the Hudson’s Bay Wetland Facebook Group photos posted on June 14, 2015). We will also pick up the small amounts of litter that have accumulated since last year on the Park trails east and west of Queensway.  Meet at the community Green Space at 2307 Oak Street. There’s lots of on-street parking. Bags and gloves are provided. Coffee and donuts are available for those arriving at 10 a.m! Please consider bringing:
  1. Your own gloves (especially if you have very large or small hands)
  2. Wheelbarrows and similar tools
  3. Reusable coffee cup and/or a water bottle to save on paper waste
5. Hudson’s Bay Wetland Rehabilitation, Sunday May 8, 12 noon to 4 p.m
We realize this is Mother’s Day but we had to advance the planting day by a month as June is likely to be too dry. In addition to planting native plants, we will be removing invasives such as common tansy that may be intruding on the planting area.  Our informal theme: “Pull a weed and plant a native plant for Mom!”  More information to come closer to the date.
6. Presentation by Dave Leman, 7:00 pm, Thursday, May 19, The Exploration Place
Local environmental planner and educator Dave Leman will speak on conservation in Africa. Dave has been to Africa seven times, for up to a year at a time, and in August will be co-leading a two-week trip to Tanzania, focussing on the regional biodiversity and ecology, wildlife conservation, and natural resource management issues.
Other Events
Canadian Home Builders’ Northern BC Home & Garden Show, April 22 – 24, 2016
The Club’s Hudson’s Bay Wetland Project is to receive the proceeds of the silent birdhouse auction. Take a good look, and perhaps put in a bid, before the auction closes at 3pm, Sunday April 24.

 

Link

PGNC Events and Notes, 6 April 2016

PGNC Events and Notes, 6 April 2016
Club Events
 
1. Special Presentation by Ron Long on Pink Mountain, 7:30 pm, Wednesday, 13 April, Spruce City Wildlife Association, 1384 River Road.
Ron Long has been working for the last five years with the UBC Botanical Garden on a biodiversity study on Pink Mountain, which has proven to be unique in the province for rare species and its very high degree of biodiversity. Pink Mountain, 180 km north-west of Fort St John, is not simply a butterfly hotspot for all of Canada – there’s a great deal more to it, as Ron will explain.
Ron is visiting Prince George from Port Moody. He is a past president of the Native Plant Society of BC and is active with Nature Vancouver.
       Note that the usual monthly Executive meeting is being brought forward to 6:00 pm to allow for this open presentation.
2. Field trip: Spring Owling, 7:30 – 9:30 pm, Saturday, April 16
Early spring is the best time of year to hear the hooting of owls, and Jack Bowling will be leading a trip to some of the most promising local haunts. Meet at the usual spot under the large Spruceland Shopping Centre sign for a 7:30 pm departure and dress for the night weather.
3. Presentation by John Neville, 7:00 pm Thursday, April 21, The Exploration Place
Many will know John Neville, the Immediate Past President of BC Nature and longtime nature-sound recordist – see http://nevillerecording.com. John will be talking on The Birds of the Boreal Forest.
4. Presentation by Dave Leman, 7:00 pm, Thursday, May 19, The Exploration Place
Local environmental planner and educator Dave Leman will speak on conservation in Africa. Dave has been to Africa seven times, for up to a year at a time, and in August will be co-leading a two-week trip to Tanzania, focussing on the regional biodiversity and ecology, wildlife conservation, and natural resource management issues.
Club Notes
1. Long-billed Curlews – Field Trip?
The Curlews have just started arriving, and might be putting on a good show in the next week or two. If you are interested in a field trip to see them, email Clive at clive_keen@hotmail.com.
2. BC Nature AGM in Comox
The BC Nature AGM is being held in Comox on May 12-15. If any PGNC members are planning to attend, please let the Executive know at pgnaturalists@hotmail.ca.
3. Wetland Cleanup and Planting Party
Details of this year’s Hudson’s Bay Wetland cleanup, and a planning party, are currently being worked on. More next time.
Other Events

1. Choosing Non-Invasive Plants for Northern Gardens –  6:00 – 9:00 pm, Tuesday, April 12, 2016, City Hall Annex Room
This Northern PlantWise information session aims to increase awareness of the invasive plant issue in ornamental horticulture. The evening will include a presentation series and educational expo with an overview of Grow-Me-Instead and the PlantWise Provincial Program. Refreshments will be served and admission is free. RSVP (space is limited) to: events@reaps.org or 250-561-7327.
2.  Canadian Home Builders’ Northern BC Home & Garden Show, April 22 – 24, 2016
The Club’s Hudson’s Bay Wetland Project is to receive the proceeds of the silent birdhouse auction. Take a good look, and perhaps put in a bid, before the auction closes at 3pm, Sunday April 24. Details at  Home & Garden Show

PGNC Events and Notes, March 15, 2016

Club Events

 1. PGNC Annual General Meeting, Thursday,  March 17, The Exploration Place

  • 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Membership renewal and registration.
  • 7:00 p.m. Annual General Meeting, including election of Directors, motion to include a new student membership category, and BC Nature 2016 Fall General Meeting information session.
  • 8:00 p.m. Guest Speaker: Dr Brian Menounos presentation on Glaciers in Western Canada: how we measure their health and what’s in store for them with projected climate change.

 2. Presentation by John Neville, 7:00 pm Thursday, April 21, The Exploration Place

Many will know John Neville, the Immediate Past President of BC Nature and longtime nature-sound recordist – see http://nevillerecording.com.  John will talk on The Birds of the Boreal Forest.

3. Field trip: Spring Owling

Jack Bowling will be leading an owling trip – watch this space for where and when.

Club Notes

 1. Birdhouse Auction at the Home Show  to Benefit PGNC Project

We’re very pleased to announce that the Club’s Hudson’s Bay Wetland Project is to receive the proceeds of the silent birdhouse auction at the Canadian Home Builders’ Northern BC Home & Garden Show, April 22 – 24, 2016. 

 2. Interested in Being a PGNC Director? 

For the AGM, consider serving as a Director. Bring your skills and talents to a short monthly meeting to help foster awareness, appreciation and understanding of our natural environment.

 3. Membership Renewals

If you’ve not done so yet, you can renew or take out a membership to the Club at the AGM, by mail or by Paypal online:  see https://pgnc.wordpress.com/membership/ . 

 4. Prince George Travelling World Community Film Festival 

The Club is sponsoring The Fisherman’s Son on Thursday, March 17th at the Bob Harkins Branch of the PG Public Library. At 12:05 p.m, the film is ĀINA, at 12:30 p.m it is The Fisherman’s Son. Admission is $5 day pass at the door.

 

5. Cats and Birds

Nature Canada is launching a national three-year campaign with the goal of saving the lives of birds and improving cat welfare. See http://catsandbirds.ca/ . 

 

Notice of AGM, March 17, 2016

Prince George Naturalists Club 

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Thursday March 17, 2016 

 The Exploration Place, 333 Becott Place, Prince George BC

6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Membership renewal and registration

7 p.m. Annual General Meeting including:

  • Election of Directors
  • Motion to change the bylaws to include a new Student membership category with a $15 annual membership fee (first posted here on January 15, 2016)
  • BC Nature 2016 Fall General Meeting information session

8 p.m. Guest Speaker: Dr. Brian Menounos presentation on Disappearing Glaciers

Election of Directors: Consider serving as a director on the Executive. Bring your skills and talents to a short monthly meeting to help foster awareness, appreciation and understanding of our natural environment.

Memberships: Take out a new membership or renew at the AGM. Join by mail or by Paypal online:  https://pgnc.wordpress.com/membership/

Naturalists Club Information: Check out the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/PGNaturalists/. For more information contact pgnaturalists@hotmail.ca.

 

Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 17 February 2016

 

Club Events

  1. Presentation Night, Thursday 18 February, 7 p.m. at The Exploration Place

John Rankin and Christina Tennant of J.R. Canadian Mapping Ltd. will discuss two types of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and their outstanding ability to gather data for accurate mapping. UAVs are used professionally to enhance mapping projects for a variety of industrial and non-industrial uses. John and Christina will discuss how the products derived from UAV data are helpful for environmental and municipal planning, as well as for the forestry, mining and energy industries. Why is this important or relevant for naturalists? Bring your questions and be prepared to share the answers!

  1. Seedy Saturday, Saturday 20 February, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Exploration Place

The Prince George Naturalists Club will have a display table devoted to bird-friendly seeds and plants, along with information on the Club’s activities and a chance to renew memberships or become a new member.

  1. Annual General Meeting and Presentation Night, Thursday 17 March, 7 p.m. at The Exploration Place

Will some glaciers become extinct by the end of this century? Find out the answer to this and other significant questions about glaciers at the Club’s AGM on March 17. Dr. Brian Menounos, Associate Professor in the Geography Program at UNBC and Canada Research Chair in Glacier Change, will be the guest speaker. More information to come closer to the date.

Other Events and Notes

  1. Ethnobotany Presentation, Friday 19 February, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at UNBC Room 7-212

“A Mutual Love of Plants: Collaborative Community-based Research in Ethnobotany in British Columbia”. NRESi Colloquium presenter is Dr. Nancy Turner, Distinguished Professor and Hakai Professor in Ethnoecology, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria and a UNBC Honorary Degree recipient.

After the presentation, come and enjoy the company of other botany-lovers at UNBC’s Thirsty Moose Pub: https://www.facebook.com/ThirstyMoosePub

2. Caledonia Ramblers Slide Show, Friday 19 February, 7 p.m. at Art Space

Late breaking news from the Ramblers for those who missed the Galapagos presentation to the PGNC: Clive Keen from the Prince George Naturalists Club will do a slide show presentation from his trip last year to the Galapagos Islands. A group of nineteen Prince Georgians travelled to the  Galapagos Islands in the Summer of 2015. “The nearest thing to the Garden of Eden” was the reaction of one of the travellers. Should the magical islands be on your bucket list? This talk will give you the answer. Everyone welcome.

  1. Seedy Saturday, Saturday 20 February, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Exploration Place

Enjoy displays, seed packages, seed sales and gardening information including a session at 11 a.m. of interest to all naturalists: “Bugs: Why we need ‘em and how to keep ‘em”.

  1. Travelling World Community Film Festival, March 10 to 17, various locations in Prince George

This annual festival is created by the World Community in Comox/Courtenay, brought to Prince George each year by various local non-profit organizations. $30 Festival pass available at the door and at Books & Company. Watch for more details to come.

  1. Jasper National Park Annual Public Forum, Wednesday 16 March, 7 to 9 p.m.

Parks Canada is holding Jasper National Park’s Annual Public Forum. At the Forum, Parks Canada reports back to the public about the implementation of the Jasper National Park Management Plan. This open house event includes presentations and Q & A sessions with park staff, informative booths, and refreshments. Parks Canada will send you a formal invitation in February, but please save the date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016, Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre, Jasper, Alberta. For more information contact jasper.superintendent@pc.gc.ca

  1. Nature Canada is about to launch a national three-year campaign for Cats and Birds.  The official launch date is February 29th.  The goals are to save the lives of more birds (conservation) and improve cat welfare through education, advocacy, and a number of special events.
  1. Check this out:  Climate Antics by Mike Nash at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O15LQrAfU8c&feature=youtu.be