PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes

Club News

No. 1 Outside Wetland Project Activity Wraps for 2015

A media release summarizing the project to date is attached. Behind-the scenes activities will of course continue, with on-the-ground work starting again in the spring.

No. 2 Naturalists Club Facebook Discussion Group
A new discussion group for naturalists is now available on Facebook. Just look for Prince George Naturalists Club Discussion. Everyone with an interest in nature is invited to join this group to ask questions and post information.

Club Notes

  1. Passing of Iris Peters

The Celebration of Life for Iris Peters was held at the Hart Crown Banquet Hall on October 9. Iris was past President of the Prince George Naturalists Club, and hosted the Practice Christmas Bird Count and June Barbeque for years. Sandra Hepburn spoke at the celebration on behalf of the Club.

  1. Prince George Naturalists Club blog:

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3. Bear Watch!
Bears are hyperphagic (ravenously hungry) at this time of year, so make sure you don’t have anything edible tempting them to be where they shouldn’t. The guy below was tempted one night by bird feeders, which are much better kept indoors now, at least at night.




Media Release Nov2015 1.2MB

Ancient Forest Feedback Meeting, October 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Provincial government is holding meetings over the next two weeks to get feedback on preserving the Ancient Forest and its unique ecosystems. The Prince George meeting is Thursday October 8, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lheidli T’enneh band office, 1041 Whenun Road.

The next Prince George Meeting is Thursday, October 15th at the Prince George Civic Centre 7-9 pm.

Everyone interested in preserving this remarkable site is encouraged to attend. The Caledonia Ramblers are leading the efforts to protect the Ancient Forest. For more details see the attached media release.

Ancient Forest News Release – Public Consultation

PG Naturalists Club Events and News, 6 October 2015

Club  Events

1. Team Presentation on the Galapagos Islands, Thursday, October 15, 7:00 pm, The Exploration Place
Nineteen Prince Georgians visited the magic islands in August, and a team of them will share their experiences of this paradise for naturalists. Below: one of the many weird denizens of Galapagos seen during the visit: a marine iguana.  

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2. Presentation on Wildlife Photography, Thursday, November 19, 7:00 pm, The Exploration Place
At the Club’s Show and Tell on May 21, Jeff Dyck gave a tantalizing view of the equipment he uses for wildlife photography. He will  return to give a full presentation on wildlife photography, which promises to be richly illustrated.

Club News

1. Major Wetland funding received from Fortis BC
Fortis BC is to provide $15,000 towards the cost of an observational overlook on the Heritage Trail, on the south side of the lake west of Queensway. Councillor Jillian Merrick nominated the Club for the grant, which was announced at the UBCM convention in Vancouver.
The overlook will be the fourth observation feature being added around the wetland. The first two were decks on the south and north sides of the channel, east of Queensway. The third feature, now pending construction, is a heightened deck on the north side of the lake, offering, like the Fortis BC overlook, a view of the entire lake. Just two major features now remain to be financed: a ramp allowing universal access to the channel loop, and a footbridge and boardwalk between the south and north sides of the lake, which will complete the 2.4 kilometre interpretive circuit. Habitat restoration and enhancement will be ongoing, but the Fortis BC grant gives a reasonable expectation that the substantive project will be complete in 2017.

2. BC Nature Request
Our parent organization has asked us to forward their request to help in the fight against the Gateway project. This can be found at:

3. Saving Rosebud Mountain
The big fir seen during the Club’s visit to Rosebud Mountain is now on the big tree registry and is the biggest recorded Interior Douglas Fir in the Prince George area. A revised video by James Steidle on Rosebud is now available at

PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 3 September 2015

Coming Club Events

1. Presentation by Kees Visser, BC Nature President, Monday, September 14, 7:00 pm, College of New Caledonia. Room 1-723 
We are delighted to announce that the President of our parent organization will visit Prince George and give a presentation entitled Geology, Rocks and Times, Drilling, LNG & More. He will also speak briefly about BC Nature, and the Club’s role in hosting the BC Nature 2016 Fall General Meeting.

2. Team Presentation on the Galapagos Islands, Thursday, October 15, 7:00 pm, The Exploration Place
Nineteen Prince Georgians visited the magic islands this August, and a team of them will share their experiences of this paradise for naturalists.  Below: a land iguana, one of the many extraordinary Galapagos inhabitants seen during the group’s visit.

3. Presentation on Wildlife Photography, Thursday, November 19, 7:00 pm, The Exploration Place
At the Club’s Show and Tell on May 21, Jeff Dyck gave a tantalizing view of the equipment he uses for wildlife photography. He has now agreed to return to give a full presentation on wildlife photography, which promises to be richly illustrated.Club Notes

1. Mugaha Marsh Bird Banding, 2015
Between July 19 and August 31, 2,589 birds, of some 60 species, were banded at the station near Mackenzie. Details, with some photographs, are available on request from

2. Robson Bird Blitz, May 2015
An Excel spreadsheet giving the results of the blitz is available on request from A UNBC student has been working on an analysis of the sightings over the last 27 years, and will no doubt give Club members some surprises at a future presentation.

PG Naturalists Club Event and Notes, 20 August 2015

Invasive Plants Cleanup at Hudson’s Bay Wetland, Saturday August 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Club members and supporters are invited to the Hudson’s Bay Wetland on Saturday August 22, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to cut  flowers and seed heads off common tansy and Canada thistle. It’s a last chance this season to keep seeds from spreading down into the channel waterway. The work is supported by the Northwest Invasive Plant Council.
We will meet at the new observation deck and trail on the north side of the channel east of Queensway at 9 a.m. Parking is available at the ballpark on 20th Avenue near the Museum. Watch for the Club’s sandwich board and follow the flagging down to the work area.
The work is suitable for adults and older teens. Long pants, long-sleeved shirts and sturdy footwear are recommended, to protect from thistle scratches and insects. Please bring your own hand tool for cutting flower and seed heads, heavy duty work gloves and a personal water bottle. Garbage bags will be provided. A limited number of heavy duty work gloves may be available.
For more information, contact Anne at
Club Updates1. More Progress on the Wetland Project
A path has now been added on the north side of the channel, heading along past the second observation deck. This will be further improved with a universal-access ramp when funding has been gained. Meanwhile, work is underway on building the third deck, which will be located on the north side of the lake, and will be elevated to give an overview of the whole lake.

2. Paypal Added to the Website
Take a look at our website at and you’ll see that there are now Paypal buttons, allowing  memberships to be paid online.

3. City Naturalist Signs
The Club has prepared about a dozen signs so far for the City’s new signage program: they cover a wide naturalist range, from cottonwood trees to thatching ants. The signs should start appearing on local walks during the fall.

4.  Galapagos!
A group of 19 Prince Georgians has just returned from the Galapagos Islands — paradise for any naturalist. Expect a Club presentation on the trip at a future date. Below: one of the hundreds of marine iguanas spotted during the trip.

1. Moose Disappearance
Action over declining moose populations has been hampered by a lack of data. You can help with some citizen science by reporting moose sightings through .
2. BC Field Ornithologists Photographic Essay
Nearly all the photographs in the latest “Featured Photographer” of the BC Field Ornithologists were taken in and around Prince George. See

PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 22 July 2015

Club Events

1. Fundraising Berry Pick, Tuesday July 28, 8 a.m.

The Naturalists Club will continue fundraising by picking berries at Sweder Berries U-Pick on Tuesday morning, July 28. The berries are for the new winery in town. The Club will be receiving a percentage of the income from the berries. Wear clothes and footwear you don’t care about, and don’t forget a hat, water and snack. For those wishing to carpool, meet under the green Spruceland Shopping Centre sign for an 8:00 am departure.  For more info contact Sandra K at or phone 250-963-8381.

PG Naturalists are also invited to come and pick raspberries individually until about July 30. When you arrive, just let Karen know that you are there for the Naturalists. There’s a number of different varieties of raspberries. You can’t pick in the rain, but in between rain showers is fine. And the birds are moving around constantly. This is an opportunity for the local community to support local business, to source our foods locally and to network.

Thank you to those who have gone down to pick saskatoons and raspberries. We have picked 92 lbs of berries so far.

For directions and more information on Sweder Berries U-Pick, visit their website or on Facebook: Sweder Berries U-Pick Farm. Regular hours are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closed Wednesday and Sunday.

 2. Youth in Action at the Hudson’s Bay Wetland

The BC Wildlife Federation is holding two camps for young people all this week in Prince George. The camps include a variety of conservation and outdoor activities. On Tuesday morning, two dozen youngsters aged 9 to 12 pulled invasive toadflax from the area adjacent to the new trail and deck on the south side of the Channel. The kids’ energy and enthusiasm were contagious. On Friday, 25 youth aged 13 to 17 will spend the morning at the Wetland, engaging in a pond study and pulling invasive Canada thistle and common tansy. Three Club volunteers are assisting with arrangements for the Wetland field trips. The youth camps will hopefully inspire a new generation of naturalists!

3. Bird-banding Station

The Mugaha Marsh banding station opened on July 19, and will be continuing to work until September 23. Club members have been volunteering or making trips individually. If you are interested in a group trip – bear in mind that this involves leaving Prince George  at around dawn – let us know by return email. For information on the station – more volunteers are particularly welcome – head to

Related Events

1. Protection for the Ancient Forest

BC has taken the first steps to protect the Ancient Forest. Representatives from the province, Lheidli T’enneh First Nation and Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Club gathered recently at the Wood Innovation and Design Centre to sign an agreement formalizing their intent to work together on the next phase of what’s required to give the Ancient Forest an official designation. See more at:

Congratulations to the Ramblers led by President Nowell Senior for all the work they are doing to bring this unique area to the world’s attention.

2. Whitebark Pine Management and Recovery Workshop, Dunster, July 29 and 30

Whitebark Pine is an endangered species and our region is pretty much at the northern limits of its current interior population range. There are small populations of whitebarks found in Robson Park, Kakwa Park, near Fort St James and more locally in the Dezaiko Range and at Fang Mountain in the bowl above the caves.

This will be an interesting time to hear about conservation and recovery plans in our neck of the woods. There are likely to be Clark’s Nutcrackers around too! The website for the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation of Canada is and the Link for the McBride (Dunster) meeting is

Trip Report

Note: members are encouraged to send in notes following any of the club’s trips.

Botanizing Walk to Livingston Springs, Sunday, July 19

Thank you, Sandra H. for leading the walk to one of our area’s most pleasant natural history sites, Livingston Springs. Hiking almost a year to the day from our hike last year, we saw most of the same species, but, most satisfying, became more comfortable in identifying a number of species. For me, to find several Round-leaved rein-orchids, many Dwarf rattlesnake-plantain and four or was it five Alaska rein-orchids (referred to by one wag as “a long, thin, green nothing) was a treat. That left some interesting ferns to be sussed out another day. Perhaps most charming was mom redstart feeding her fluttery-winged fledgling.  It was a bit of a hot slog back to the parking lot, but we made it, and I know all participants had a great time.  – Dora Hunter

PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 19 June 2015

Club Events
1. Evening Presentations
The regular evening presentations are on hiatus for the summer, so the next scheduled event will not be until September. It is expected to be a presentation by the President of BC Nature, Kees Visser, on Wednesday, September 9 – watch this space for details.

2. Hudson’s Bay Wetland Planting Party 
Many thanks to all the people who dug up invasive plants and planted over 200 native plants and some spruce trees at the new observation deck  near the footbridge. Over 20 adults and young people turned out. The City watered the plants the following Monday. By the end of last week it appears that 90% of the plants will survive – we’ve been told that’s a high survival rate for reclamation sites, especially former snow dumps.

      Special thanks go to Club volunteer Andrea Eastham who guided the event, Penni Adams of Northwest Invasive Plant Council, and Katryna Schreiner and her crew from Spectrum Resource Group Inc. Clive and Sue Keen deserve special mention for their intrepid wheelbarrow work with the compost. A grant from Pacific Salmon Foundation covered the cost of the plants and other event expenses.
See Bob Steventon’s shots at
Related Events 
1. Centennial Celebration Interpretive Walk, Sunday July 12
The Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Club will lead a nine-kilometer heritage interpretive walk through the Hudson’s Bay Wetland, South Fort George and back along the Gunn Trail atop the Fraser River cut banks. This two to three-hour loop walk is part of the City of Prince George’s Summer Centennial Celebrations and will arrive back at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park (formerly Fort George Park) before noon in time for the Centennial Canoe Race finish and BBQ. Please bring a morning snack, water to drink, clothing appropriate for the weather, and of course a camera. The Gunn Trail has some steep and rugged sections, so wear appropriate and comfortable walking shoes. Participants must sign a liability waiver, and anyone below the age of 19 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants will receive a commemorative gift while supplies last. Please meet at 8:15 a.m. in front of the bandstand at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park.

2. Go Wild! BCWF Youth for Conservation Camp, July 20 to 24
BC Wildlife Federation is running a leadership youth camp in Prince George from July 20 to 24. Youth aged 13 to 17 are invited to attend. There’s no charge for this event. Members of the Prince George Naturalists Club are assisting with the event which includes learning about wetlands and how to care for them.
The camp is a wonderful way to get young people involved in nature and the outdoors. For more information see the poster at:

3. Bird Banding Volunteers Needed
Mackenzie Nature Observatory is looking for volunteers for the fall banding season at Mugaha Marsh.  The station runs from July 19 to September 23. To date, we have volunteers just for August 25 – Aug 31 and September 1 – 5. If you are interested in helping please let us know the times you would like to come and your experience with birding or banding: contact Vi or David Lambie at