- Prince George Naturalists Club Executive
- PGNC Memberships: New and Renewals
- Report: Weed Pull, Hudson’s Bay Wetland, Saturday August 22
- Dr. Hugues Massicotte Retires
- Beaverly Community Association Lost Lake Trails: public input deadline September 24
- Regional Parks Plan Review: survey deadline September 30
- Takla Nation Fish Hatchery
- Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud
Prince George Naturalists Club Events and News
Prince George Naturalists Club Executive
The March 19 Annual General Meeting had to be cancelled due to pandemic restrictions. It may be some time before the Club can schedule an AGM, either in person or online. In the meantime, members of the current Executive are staying on to help guide the Club through these pandemic times. For a list of directors, visit the Club’s blog at: https://pgnc.wordpress.com/737-2/. The Executive will continue to conduct any necessary business by email or phone as needed.
PGNC Memberships: New and Renewals
Club members continue to renew their memberships online or by mail. New members are also joining the Club. This support is much appreciated. BC Nature has changed how individual Club membership lists are kept so anyone more than three months in arrears will not receive BC Nature magazine or BC Nature’s monthly eNews.
Memberships are available online any time. Cost is $25 per calendar year for individuals, $40 for a family, and $15 for students. Information including payment by PayPal is available at: https://pgnc.wordpress.com/membership/.
Benefits of membership: Subscription to BC Nature magazine, liability insurance coverage for Club work parties and field trips, 10% discount on bird seed purchased at Spruce Capital Feeds, and access to popular events limited to Club members only.
Prince George Naturalists Club, Weed Pull, Saturday August 22, Hudson’s Bay Wetland
The last weed pull of the year successfully finished off the Deck 2 (north side) area at Hudson’s Bay Wetland. Besides helping the environment, this was a great opportunity for networking with the public. People stopped by to ask what we were doing and why. Some were checking on us to make sure we were doing good work to protect the park, not just pulling out flowering plants on a whim. This was good to hear. It showed a sense of stewardship for the area.
Results this day were: 9 bags of Tansy, half a bag of Salsify, half a bag of thistle, half a bag of Burdock and a quarter bag of Campanula and Dalmatian Toadflax. The Burdock is a new one for us (see photos below). We had seen a clump of these huge-leaved plants last year. When we saw the clump this year, with the 7-foot stem of burrs, identification was confirmed! It has a 2-year cycle. It is an invasive also. We also found a strange fungus called Dog Stinkhorn (Mutinus caninus).
Many thanks to members who came out for all or some of the weed pulls: Dora H, Ric M, Anne H, Bonnie W, Jennifer M, Nancy Ku, Miguel, Laird L, and Linda C.; and to Audrey Faber of the Northwest Invasive Plant Council for her encouragement and weed pulling (report by Sandra Kinsey, photos by Miguel Trompo).
Editor’s note: Special thanks to Sandra Kinsey who organized and led all four weed pulls at the Hudson’s Bay Wetland and Carrie Jane Gray Park this year. They gave members a chance to socialize at a distance while removing invasive plants. The events were productive and fun!
Other Events and News
Dr. Hugues Massicotte Retires
Dr. Hugues Massicotte retired from UNBC this July. Hugues, aided and abetted by his partner Linda Tackaberry, is one of the Club’s favourite presenters. He has entertained and educated us with his presentations and field trips on fungi. Fortunately Hugues and Linda continue to reside in Prince George so we may be able to draw on them for fungi field trips and presentations at a future date.
Hugues received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Natural Resources and Environmental Services Institute. Here’s the NRESi summary of Hugues’ contributions while at UNBC:
Hugues was an original NRES Faculty member in the Forestry Program. He is an outstanding colleague, researcher, teacher, and community member. Hugues engaged in many collaborative and multidisciplinary research projects throughout his career at UNBC with a wide number of colleagues, and was very successfully funded. Collectively, this work resulted in an impressive array of publications (82 peer-reviewed journal articles to date (10 more in the works); 1 co-authored book, 7 book chapters, 11 conference papers, 7 book chapters, 139 meeting and conference presentations and posters – and a host of other non-refereed articles and letters. Perhaps even more importantly, Hugues gave 58 media interviews across his nearly 26 years at UNBC, many for Radio Canada en francais. As a professional forester (Laval), mycologist and ectomycorrizal expert, his skills (and Linda’s) were very much sought after. Hugues, and his partner Linda Tackaberry, also contributed to many types of multidisplinary service external to the UNBC campus. Dr. Massicotte’s expertise and passion for natural history, particularly plants and their fungal root associations, were in constant demand by Prince George and BC communities. His ability to identify sporocarps (aka mushrooms), often from poor specimens left in bags on his office door or from field trips and courses, epitomizes his tireless enthusiasm for his discipline.
Beaverly Community Association Lost Lake Trails: public input deadline September 24
The Beaverly Community Association recently submitted an application to develop and maintain a system of trails in the vicinity of Lost Lake. The BC Government is accepting comments on this submission until September 24, 2020.We are expecting the comments from the community will be overwhelmingly in support of having the Beaverly Community Association develop and maintain the trail system. This expectation is due to the immense amount of time and community engagement that has already gone into designing the trail system. Comments on our community application can be made on the BC Government Crown Lands website until September 24, 2020: https://comment.nrs.gov.bc.ca/applications?clidDtid=7410134&id=5f46d23c4c007e0021b1069b#detailsPlease encourage your neighbours and others to provide their comments. Questions about the Beaverly Community Association application can be directed to Doug Beckett at email@example.com or 250-560-5556.
Regional Parks Plan Review: survey deadline September 30The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George is updating and reviewing its Regional Parks Plan to provide a clear direction, vision and priorities for regional parks over the next ten years. Public input is essential. For more information on the Review and access to the survey, see: http://www.rdffg.bc.ca/services/environment/regional-parks/regional-parks-plan-review. The online survey is open until September 30.
Takla Nation Fish Hatchery
Takla Nation is planning to install a small fish hatchery in response to current salmon declines. Here’s a video by Takla Nation about the project: https://www.facebook.com/TaklaNation/videos/344331510077754 (submitted by Mike Nash).
Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud
Todd Whitcombe recently wrote a fascinating story in the local paper on the role of mud in our world: https://tinyurl.com/yxnhsamc. This has been the summer of mud, and who doesn’t have vivid memories of playing in mud as a child, hiking in mud, trying to build a house on mud, and hoping against hope to grow a garden in mud. Mud is definitely glorious even if we find it frustrating at times.