- Wednesday Walk, June 26, Pidherny Trails off Upper Parking Lot
- PGNC Memberships, New and Renewals
- Viburnum Leaf Beetle correction
- Report on June 12 Wednesday Walk, McMillan Creek Regional Park
- UNBC Cat Study
- City of Prince George Climate Mitigation Plan, Public Participation Session, Thursday July 11
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Prince George Naturalists Club, Wednesday Walk, June 26, Pidherny Trails off Upper Parking Lot
Join us for a walk along the upper level of Pidherny. This is a trail with some ups and downs, but no long climbs. The variety of habitats ensures a variety of species, with a chance to see more Mountain Ladyslipper and Single Delight, and to spot a Bald Eagle. To sign a waiver and arrange car-pooling, meet in the parking lot at the Spruceland Shopping Mall at the corner of 5thAvenue and Hwy 97 under the big Save On Foods sign at 9:20 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. departure time, with return in the noon hour. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy footwear, bring water and a snack. These slow walks to observe nature are open to members and non-members. For more information, or to join an email contact list contact Dora at email@example.com.
PGNC Memberships, New and Renewals
The membership year runs from January 1 to December 31. Costis $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 May 16. If you’re not sure if your membership is up to date, you can check with Sandra Kinsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 access to popular events limited to members only.
Viburnum Leaf Beetle Correction
The last issue of the newsletter incorrectly identifiedViburnum edule as the bush cranberry being attacked by Viburnum Leaf Beetle. Club member Jack Bowling advises that the Viburnum under attack is actuallyViburnum opulus var. americanum, the species of viburnum most common east of the Rockies, and also called Highbush Cranberry. It has slowly spread into central BC over the past 60 or 70 years and now is everywhere in Cottonwood Island Park. The beetle seems to be specific to the eastern viburnum and is leaving Viburnum edulealone. See the maps and photos for each species on e-Flora: http://ibis.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/eflora/
June 12 Wednesday Walk, McMillan Creek Regional Park
Report by Dora Hunter: It was a fine sunny day. The birds were co-operative, more than a dozen plants were added to our checklist, and the bugs were not overwhelming. We walked both the upper, drier, sunnier trail and the lower, damper, shadier trail; increasing the diversity of wildlife seen. In addition to those plants in Miguel’s photos, some others we saw were Mountain Ladyslipper, Blunt-leaved Sandwort, Bunchberry, Spreading Dogbane, Wild Lily-of-the-valley, Single Delight and the tall American Highbush Cranberry. Columbine, with its bright colours and tubular aspect has evolved to be most efficiently pollinated by hummingbirds. There is no mistaking the Canada Violet with its yellow throat and striped lateral and lower petals. The attractive Yellow Salsify is listed by the Invasive Plant Council of B.C. as an unregulated invasive plant of concern. My thanks go to Bonnie for helping to pre-walk the trails and to Miguel for his photos.
We heard/saw 23 species. Of special interest were all the redstarts. Some participants even watched one female for a while. A pair of Western Tanagers put on a show in the tops of some aspen trees. Here is Sandra’s bird species list for the day.