PGNC Events and Notes, sent 6 November 2016

Club Events

  1. Wednesday Walkers
  • 9 November: Anne Allgaier will again lead the on-going exploration of the relatively flat, wooded trails from the end of Peardon Road on Cranbrook Hill. The last trip yielded, amongst other things, some amazing bear tracks in the mud, a Red-breasted Nuthatch eating seeds of the sub-alpine fir, and greater understanding of the many species of mosses in the area.
  • November 23:  A visit to the Pidherny Hills. The choice of trail will be made closer to the day and will depend on the condition of the trail and the weather.

For more information on the walks, contact Dora Hunter at 250 596-6772.

  1. Thursday Evening Presentation Series, 17 November, 7:00 pm, The Exploration Place
    Patrick Michiel will give a photographic presentation on a trip many of us would like to add to our bucket lists: Cruising to South Georgia and Antarctica.

Club Notes

  1. Mountain Caribou: Emily Braam has been working on organizing a Club trip to see the Kennedy siding caribou. Meanwhile, Bob Steventon and Anne Hogan took a special trip earlier this week, and got some great photos. See https://flic.kr/s/aHskMVA79C. Birders will also note the presence of Snow Buntings.
  2. Fortis Wetland Celebration and Cleanup: On October 29 an enthusiastic group of Fortis employees celebrated the opening of the new overlook on the Heritage Trail, and took part in a cleanup of the wetland area. Mayor Lyn Hall joined the celebrations, and said a number of kind words on the value of the wetland project to Prince George. thumbnail_fortis-2174
  1. Owls and Hawks: Raptors have been coming through PG in some numbers recently. Bill Bailey scooped the front page of the forthcoming edition of BC Birding with his magnificent shot of a Rough-legged Hawk in Shelley – a PDF advance copy of the front page is available here: front-page
  1. Outdoor Safety: Hiking/backpacking blogger Marty Belanger has added a new video on outdoor safety. See Outdoor Safety & Survival Part 4 (Bear Safety): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1XLt0VyuAQ&feature=em-subs_digest .
  1. Pink Mountain
    Some members will remember a Club presentation by Ron Long on Pink Mountain – you can now see a version of his presentation athttps://youtu.be/7xz1hGmjG10.

PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 26 October 2016

Club Notes
Hudson’s B
ay Wetland Project: Decks 3 and 4 Complete
Two new decks, each allowing an overview of the ponded area west of Queensway Street, are now complete.

The first is located at a high point of The Heritage Trail, some 70 metres along the trail from the Hudson’s Bay Wetland Nature Park on Queensway Street. This Saturday, October 29, will see a celebration of its opening by the main sponsor, Fortis BC, which contributed $15,000 towards the project. Fortis BC will be holding a Community Giving Day, starting at 1:00 pm, which will see teams of Fortis employees combing the wetland area to conduct an extensive clean-up. A media release announcing this is attached.

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The second deck, which is elevated to give clear views of the whole ponded area, is on the north side of the water along an informal trail. In November an event will be held for Naturalists Club members to mark its inauguration and to recognize the funders.

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Engineered designs for both decks were by McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd, the helical pile foundations were installed by Techno Metal Post BC, and construction was carried out by a volunteer team led by George Roberts and Nowell Senior of the Caledonia Ramblers.

With completion of the two new decks, just two new features are required to put in place the bones of the overall project. An earthen ramp is needed to finish the universal-access section around the wetland channel, and a footbridge with boardwalks at the west end of the ponded area is needed to complete the circular loop. This is the most ambitious part of the project, opening the circular walk for the first time, and will require additional funding.

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Events and Notes, 18 October 2016

Club Events

1. Club Presentations Night, 7:00 pm, Thursday, 20 October, Exploration Place
This is to be a mixed bag of updates, presentations, and member feedback, covering the BC Nature Fall General Meeting, the Wetland Project, the City’s Signage program, and members’ wishes for future events. If time remains, there will be a short presentation on birding in Iceland.

 2. Wednesday Walkers: Wednesday, 26 October

Anne Allgaier will lead an exploration of the relatively flat wooded trails from the end of Pardon Road on Cranbrook Hill. These walks are open to members and potential members and are suitable for adults and mature teens. Meet under the large Save-On sign at Spruceland Shopping Centre at 5th Avenue and Central Street, for car pooling and the usual waiver-signing, in time for a prompt 9:30 a.m. departure. Walks finish at around noon. Natural history guide books, binoculars and cameras will be useful. Please leave dogs at home. For more information on the walks, contact Dora Hunter at  250 596-6772.


Club Notes

1. Wetland Project

Work is continuing apace on the new decks on either side of the ponded area west of Queensway. The foundations – helical piles –  have been installed, and building is moving fast, spearheaded by George Roberts and Nowell Senior. More soon.

2. Ncenbird

Ncenbird – the club listserv used primarily to spread information on bird sightings – is still down: Club Treasurer Sandra Kinsey is working with the service provider to find a resolution.

3. History of the Wetland

If you have any information on the history of the Hudson’s Bay Wetland, Kyla Jensen would like to hear from you – email her at Kyla.Jensen@alumni.unbc.ca.

Other Events

The following events from other groups may be of interest to PGNC members:

1. Annual UNBC Wildlife Photo Contest

If you’d like to enter the UNBC Wildlife Society’s annual contest, you have just one day left to do it: take your photos to the Wintergarden tomorrow (October 19). Voting takes place October 20th and 21st. Prizes will be awarded to some of the top photos with some being featured in the TWS 2016-2017 calendar.   In past years the proceeds from the contest have gone to support wildlife recovery.  More info can be found at http://tws.unbc.ca.

2. Chris Harris Presentation, 7:30 pm, Wednesday,  November 9, Canfor Theatre, UNBC

Sponsored by the Prince George Photographic Society, Chris Harris will present his final book: British Columbia’s Cariboo Chilcotin Coast – A Photographer’s Journey. The presentation will feature photographs, videos and original music. See Chris’ latest newsletter at www.chrisharris.com for his explanation of why this will be his final book! Tickets are $10.00, and can be purchased at Books & Co, at Studio 2880 or at the door.

PG Naturalists Club Events & Notes, sent 8 October 2016

Club Events

  1. Wednesday Walkers
    1. Wednesday October 12th: We will hike to the larches, a grove found in the hills above the north shore of the Nechako River. If our timing is right, the larches will have donned their golden fall colours, and if the sun graces us with its presence, we’ll have a fine view of the Nechako.
    2. Wednesday October 26th: Anne Allgaier will lead us as we continue our exploration of the relatively flat, wooded trails from the end of Pardon Road on Cranbrook Hill.

These walks are open to members and non-members and are suitable for adults and mature teens. Meet under the large Save-On sign at Spruceland Shopping Centre at 5th Avenue and Central Street, for car pooling and the usual waiver-signing, in time for a prompt 9:30 a.m. departure. Walks finish at around noon. Natural history guide books, binoculars and cameras will be useful. Please leave dogs at home. For more information on the walks, contact Dora Hunter at  250 596-6772.

Save the dates: Walks take place the second and fourth Wednesdays in September, October and November and on the second Wednesday of the month December through March.

  1. Club Presentations Night, 7:00 pm, Thursday, 20 October, Exploration Place
    This will be a mixed bag of updates, presentations, and member feedback, covering the BC Nature Fall General Meeting, the Wetland Project, the City’s Signage program, members’ wishes for future events, and – for a change of pace – a short presentation on birding in Iceland.

Club Notes

  1. Wetland Project – Invasive Species Control
    CKPG recently ran a news item on the project, and it can be still be seen at: http://www.ckpg.com/2016/10/03/invasive-plants-removed-from-hudsons-bay-wetland/
  Invasive Plants Removed From Hudson’s Bay Wetland
http://www.ckpg.com
The Prince George Naturalists Club has completed its first initiative to remove invasive plants on both sides …
  1. Ncenbird
    If you’ve been trying and failing to send messages to ncenbird, the problem is not with your computer, but at the ISP end.
  2. Utube: hiking and camping in the Canadian Rockies
    Mike Nash has a new uTube slideshow on his recent 12-day trip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nWvFKMEBmc&feature=youtu.be
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12 days hiking and camping in the Canadian Rockies

Other Events

The following events from other groups may be of interest to PGNC members:

  1. 18th Annual Run/Walk, GREENWAY TRAIL, Sunday, October 9, 2016
    The Club is a member of the Greenway Society: to take part in the 18 k run/walk, Register at the Otway Ski Center, between 8:15am  and 930am on the morning of the event. Walkers will carpool from Otway at 8:30, and runners carpool at 9:30. Cost: donation to the Greenway Society. For more Information call Dick Voneugen at 250 962-7672.
  2. Wild Ways: Corridors of Life, 7:00 pm, Tuesday, October 25th, Canfor Theatre, UNBC
    This free movie is organized and hosted by UNBC graduate student Tim Burkhart of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. He writes: “Wild Ways demonstrates, through a message of hope, how some of the world’s most beloved species can be preserved by linking the world’s wildlife refuges through safe highway passage and open land.”
  3. Huble Homestead Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, Monday, October 10, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    See www.hublehomestead.ca for details.

Clive Keen
hbwetland.wordpress.com
pgnaturalists@hotmail.ca

PGNC Events and Notes, 19 September 2016

Club Events

A big weekend for the club is coming up, as we host the Fall General Meeting of BC Nature. See  www.pgfgm2016.ca for the list of activities. Meanwhile, you can help with preparations – the following  is an important bit of spit and polish before September 24 when delegates will take a guided walk along the Wetland trails and paths.

Hudson’s Bay Wetland Canada Thistle Deadheading, Wednesday September 21, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Come on out on Wednesday September 21, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. to deadhead Canada Thistle on the south side of the Hudson’s Bay Wetland Channel by the footbridge. We will meet at the parking lot at Exploration Place at 12:30 p.m. for sign-in. Bring work gloves and your favourite hand clipping tool. The Club will provide contractor bags as well as extra work gloves and clippers if someone needs them. This work party is suitable for adults and mature teens. Non-members are most welcome to join us.. For more information please email pgnaturalists@hotmail.ca.

Club Notes

Tansy Control at the Hudson’s Bay Wetland
Four experienced weed control crew members from AIMHI recently spent the equivalent of three full work days on the north side of the Wetland Channel.They removed almost a pickup truck load of tansy roots, stems and seed heads. They dug out tansy plants from treed or shrub-filled areas that are difficult to reach. Some plants in those hard-to-reach areas were at least six feet tall! Anyone who has ever tried to dig out tansy roots will know it’s a very tough job. The crew also cleaned out patches of cypress spurge, burdock and toadflax which are just starting to get a foothold. Thank you to KC, Amanda, Tori and Jonathon for their help.

The work is part of a multi-year program by many agencies to control and reduce the spread of invasive plants at Prince George’s urban wetland. The Club has been officially involved since 2015. Other partners include the City of Prince George and the Northwest Invasive Plant Council. The work is making a difference. The sea of yellow tansy encountered in 2015 is much reduced this year thanks to the efforts of all the partners.  The Club is very grateful for funding from TD Friends of the Environment for tansy cleanup at this site.

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PGNC Events and Notes, 7 September 2016 – addendum

Club Events
An important one missed from yesterday’s mailout:
 
BC’s Northern Spotted Owl: What Does it Take to Save a Species? , 7:00 pm, Thursday, 15 September, The Exploration Place
Shanelle Marshall, President of the Prince George Naturalists Club, shares her experiences as an intern with the British Columbia Conservation Foundation working on the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program. Everyone welcome, no charge to attend.

Club Events

  1. Wednesday Walkers
  • Wednesday, September 14: Anne Allgaier will lead us on some of her favourite trails along the fields and through the woods off Peardon Road on Cranbrook Hill.
  • Wednesday, September 28: We will focus on the top part of the new Hillside Trail, having focused on the bottom section on August 24th. Even though it is located close to the bustle of the city, this trail, with its rich woods flora, makes for a rewarding outing for naturalists.

The walks are open to members and non-members alike. Meet under the large Save-On sign at Spruceland Shopping Centre at 5th Avenue and Central, for car pooling and the usual waiver-signing, in time for a prompt 9:30 a.m. departure. Walks finish at around noon. Natural history guide books, binoculars and cameras will be useful. Please leave dogs at home. For more information on the walks, contact Dora Hunter at pgnaturalists@hotmail.ca.

Save the dates: Walks take place the second and fourth Wednesdays in September, October and November and on the second Wednesday of the month December through March.

  1. BC Nature Fall General Meeting, Prince George, September 22-25
    Final arrangements are now being made for this event, hosted by our Club, at which naturalists from around the province will converge on Prince George.  Speakers include Charles Helm, Bruce Harrison, Chris Harris, Dale Seip, Doug Heard, Darwyn Coxson, Jim Pojar, Ken Otter, Mike Nash, Rob Bryce, and Rob Rea. in addition, there will be nine field trips, and two workshops — full details can be found at http://www.pgfgm2016.ca. If you’ve not signed up yet, don’t delay.

 

Club Notes

  1. Wednesday Walk Report – August 10th at Ferguson Lake
    As slow as we are, the Wednesday Walkers by far outpaced the European Black slug chooglin down the trail at the Ferguson Lake Nature Reserve at a heady 0.025 mph. What a beauty it was with its shiny black foot gleaming in the bright sun. As quick as it was slow were the hundreds of Western toadlets, taking leave of their natal pond; and as white as the slug was black were the curious hedgehog fungi clinging to a log. With the mountain lady slippers of early summer in seed and the asters and goldenrod in bloom, it was hard not to sense the waning of the season. Many thanks to David Greenberg  for photos of the hedgehog fungi and the Satyr comma sunning on the path.  Dora Hunter

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  2. Dragonfly Season
    We’re now well into dragonfly season, and Dave King sends on the following article to help appreciate them more:
    http://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/stories/7-things-you-never-knew-about-dragonflies

Other Events

Dye-making Workshop: Fort St James, Sept 10-11

The Fort St. James Arts Council is hosting a workshop next weekend, starting  with a foraging walk to identify various mushrooms and lichens that can be used to make dye. The walk will begin at 9am Saturday, September 10, meeting at the old Courthouse on Birch Street in Fort St. James. In the afternoon, at 2:30, we will be learning how to dye silk scarves in the shibori technique using mushroom dyes, and on the Sunday, starting at 9am, there will be a five-hour course, learning about dye mushrooms and techniques.  The poster with details is below.dyeing_with_mushrooms

Clive Keen

hbwetland.wordpress.com
pgnaturalists@hotmail.ca