PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 12 March 2017

Club Events
Club AGM and Gadgets/Members Night, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday,  March 16, Exploration Place
  • 6:30: New memberships and membership renewal – annual membership is still just $25 single, $40 family, $15 student.
  • 7:00: AGM, including election of directors. (There are at least three vacancies, so nominations are very welcome.) If you are considering letting your name stand, here is some helpful info about the role of director:
    • We hold 90-minute Executive meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at the Spruce City Wildlife Fish Hatchery on River Road. 
    • Email access is essential as all communication is by email.
  • 7:45: Gadgets/Members night. Be prepared to share if you’ve caught something interesting on your trail cam or other technology, have an unusual photograph, or a naturalist experience worth recounting. Please email Shanelle at marshallshanelle0@gmail.com if you have something to share. You can bring it to the meeting on a USB drive for use on an available laptop. Or you can use your own laptop if it has an HDMI port to connect to the big-screen TV.
 Notes

 

1. Travelling World Community Film Festival, 

The Festival continues March 12 through 15. The full schedule is here:  2017 Travelling World Community Film Festival.  For film descriptions see

https://pgnc.wordpress.com/i-of-i/ or  https://www.facebook.com/PGTWCFF

     7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, ArtSpace above Books & Co. 1685 Third Avenue
     The Prince George Naturalists Club is sponsoring the films on the final night of this festival. They are:
  • 7:00 p.m. Keepers of the Coast – 38 min
  • 7:45 p.m. Sonic Sea – 61 min
  • 8:50 p.m. Planetary – 53 m
The poster is attached. Feel free to share. 

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2. Adult Speaker Series, 7 p.m. Monday March 13, The Exploration Place.
Changing Climate, Changing Landscapes in Northern BC: Perspectives from the Ground. This presentation will use field-based observations to assess the rapidly changing climate of northern BC and impacts to land, snow and water. There will also be a discussion on the impacts of human activities on northern BC’s landscapes and their interactions with climate change.

About the speaker: Dr. Stephen Dery is an internationally recognized climate scientist. He joined UNBC as a Canada Research Chair in Northern Hydrometeorology and his research focuses on many aspects of snow and ice, including the influence of forestry and forest clearance on snow cover, snow melt, hydrology and micro-meteorology and the impact of local conditions and large-scale forcing on river discharge in BC and the Arctic.
 
No charge for admission. Cash bar with beer and wine available. Note that the Galleries will be closed.
3. Life Aquatic exhibition by Erich Franz, Two Rivers Gallery, March 9 to April 23, 2017
Life Aquatic is an exhibition of drawings that honour the meditative act of fly-fishing and tying. Erich Franz is a dedicated Spruce City Wildlife Association volunteer. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free admission on Thursdays. 
 
4. Douglas-Fir Beetle: A Threat to Local Forests and Homeowner Trees
The Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources has produced a two-page leaflet with information for home-owners about the beetle’s life cycle and recommendations for prevention or remedial measures. The PDF can be found at:: https://pgnc.wordpress.com/i-of-i/
 
5. PGNC Facebook Discussion Group
All readers are invited to join the Prince George Naturalists Club Discussion Group on Facebook. It’s a good place to share information of interest to naturalists. If you’d like to join, head into Facebook and enter “Prince George Naturalists Club Discussion” – note that it’s a separate address from the more usual Prince George Naturalists Club Facebook page.

PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 27 February 2017

Club Events
1. Wednesday Walkers, March 8
The Walkers will explore the trails on the sunny north slope of Moore’s Meadow, which will be accessed from 1st Avenue to avoid the steeper hills off Foothills Blvd. As always, meet under the large Spruceland sign for car pooling and waiver-signing, in time for a prompt 9:30 a.m. departure. Walks finish around noon. Natural history guide books, binoculars and cameras are useful.
 
2. Club AGM and Gadgets/Members Night, 6:30 / 7:00 pm, Thursday,  March 16, Exploration Place
  • 6:30: New memberships and membership renewal – annual membership is still just $25 single, $40 family, $15 student.
  • 7:00: AGM, including election of directors. (There are at least three vacancies, so nominations are very welcome.)
  • 7:45: Gadgets/Members night. Be prepared to share if you’ve caught something interesting on your trail cam or other technology, have an unusual photograph, or a naturalist experience worth recounting.
A poster is attached. Feel free to share.
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3. Presentation and Open Floor on Edible Plants, 7:00 pm, Thursday, April 20, Exploration Place
Elena Thomas will give a presentation on local edible plants, including mushrooms, followed by an open floor for people to share their plant lists, edibles list, recipes, and personal expertise.
4. Update on the Status of Moose, 7:00 pm, Thursday, May 18, Exploration Place
Mike Klaczek and senior biologist Shelley Marshall will give an update on the status of the moose population. More details will be given nearer the event.
Club Notes

1. Travelling World Community Film Festival, Wednesday, March 15, Artspace
The Club is sponsoring the films on the final night of this festival. They are:
  • 7:00 p.m. Keepers of the Coast – 38 min
  • 7:45 p.m. Sonic Sea – 61 min
  • 8:50 p.m. Planetary – 53 min
2.  Awards!
  • Willa Crowley (aged 12) of Fort St James, nominated by PGNC members, has received a Young Birders Award from the BCFO ¬ see http://bcfo.ca  for the details. If you go to that page and scroll down, you’ll also see that Bob Steventon provided the front cover photograph for the BCFO’s latest news magazine.
  • Bob Steventon was also an award winner, this time for the American Marten photograph below, which was a Judge’s Pick for photographs submitted to Project Feederwatch. Seehttp://feederwatch.org/birdspotter2016/#58240  .
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3. PGNC Discussion Group
All readers are invited to join the Prince George Naturalists Club Discussion Group on Facebook. It’s a good place to share information of interest to naturalists. If you’d like to join, head into Facebook and enter “Prince George Naturalists Club Discussion” – note that it’s a separate address from the more usual Prince George Naturalists Club Facebook page.
4. Bats – White Nose Syndrome
The Province, in partnership with the BC Community Bat Program, the caving community and other concerned groups, is asking us to be on the lookout for dead or sick bats that may have contracted the invasive fungal disease WNS. This could include seeing bats flying during the day, or finding dead or dying bats. The link to government news release with full information is at https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017ENV0013-000301 .
Other Events 

Presentation on Conservation, Friday, March 3, UNBC Canfor Theatre, 3:30-4:30
This Friday’s NRESi colloquium features Dr Jim Pojar, who will be talking about Conservation in the Anthropocene.

 

PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 14 February 2017

Club Events

1. Presentation by Carolyn Ibis, 7:00 pm, Thursday, 16 February, Exploration Place
Carolyn will speak on her solo adventures in Peru and Bolivia through a range of ecosystems including mountains, jungle, salt flats and the Altiplano. Highlights include the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Salar Uyuni, and a bicycle ride down Death Road.
Come on out and renew your membership or join the Naturalists Club. The 2017 membership cards will be available. Meet others, and enjoy coffee or tea courtesy of The Exploration Place.
2. Club AGM and Members Night, 7:00 pm, Thursday, 16 March, Exploration Place
The annual AGM will be followed by a Members’ Night. More details will be provided in the next club email, but meanwhile, if you’ve caught something interesting on your trail cam, or have an unusual photograph or experience, be prepared to share. As always, the most important part of the AGM will be the election of new directors – see the note below.
Notes

1. New Club Directors needed
Three directors are stepping down at the AGM this year, and need to be replaced if the Club is to stay healthy. Think about putting your name forward or nominating someone you believe would be suitable. The only requirement of Directors is that they attend a ninety-minute meeting on the second Wednesday of the month at the Spruce City Wildlife Fish Hatchery, 1384 River Road. Some directors also become officers or take on tasks which interest them, but this is entirely optional.

2. Seedy Saturday, 10:00-3:00, February 18, Exploration Place
The Club will have a presence as usual at this weekend’s event.
Shows corn cobs and seeds with date time of Seedy Saturday
3. 20th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count, February 17-20, 2017
You can join 100,000 other naturalists this weekend by counting your yard birds for at least 15 minutes and reporting your sightings online. See http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ for details.
Clive Keen  for

PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 7 February, 2017

Club Events
1. Wednesday Walkers, 8 February
Ignoring the cold and the wind chill, the walkers are heading to Wilson Park on the riverfront, checking for lots of critter tracks. As always, meet under the large Spruceland sign 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.

Update: Three club members walked in Wilson Park this morning, enjoying the sunshine and the sound of the Nechako River rushing through the ice. It was cold but worth it.

2. Presentation by Carolyn Ibis, 7:00 pm, Thursday, 16 February, The Exploration Place
Carolyn will speak on her solo adventures in Peru and Bolivia through a range of ecosystems including mountains, jungle, salt flats and the Altiplano. Highlights include the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Salar Uyuni, and a bicycle ride down Death Road.
Additional Info: This is a good time to renew memberships or join the Naturalists Club. Come and meet others, and enjoy coffee or tea courtesy of The Exploration Place.
Club Notes

1. Grand Canyon of the Fraser River
Mike Nash has added a photo record of last Sunday’s snowshoe trip to this historically important section of the river. See www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vrBl72DltM&feature=youtu.be .
2. Watson Slough
There is, understandably, considerable concern from naturalists at the forthcoming loss of Watson Slough, as a result of Site C development. A delay is being requested. See
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/nature-lovers-ask-b-c-hydro-to-delay-destruction-of-rarely-seen-bird-s-nesting-ground-1.39642
3. History of the Hudson’s Bay Wetland
Photographs and other material related to the history of the wetland have been unearthed by the Spruce City Wildlife Association folks. If you are interested in exploring these on behalf of the club, let us know by return email.
4. 2018 International Ornithological Congress
The City of Vancouver has produced a rather nice two-minute video to welcome delegates to the Congress: see youtu.be/Jw6GIwRtI5E. This is the world’s biggest birding event, and like the Olympics is held in different locations once every four years. A lot of PGNC people will be involved in the organization, via the BCFO and other groups. You can see what is going on at http://www.iocongress2018.com/or can follow updates by liking the IOC Facebook page.
Other Events of Interest to PGNC Members
1. Friday, Feb 10, 3:30, Canfor Theatre, UNBC
Dr Matt Reudinc will give a talk entitled Tracking Songbird Movements across the Landscape.
2. Summit Lake Snowshoe Day, Saturday Feb 11
Head to the hall on Adams Rd for 1.30 pm registration. Details from hcrowley@mag-net.com or 250 965-7715.

3. SkeenaWild Film Fest, February 24, 7:00 pm, Weldwood Theatre, UNBC
The TWS UNBC Fish and Wildlife Student Chapter and Sea to Sands Conservation are showing films showcasing kayaking, fishing, snowboarding, and the conservation and management of BC’s natural resources. Tickets are $10 with all proceeds going to the SkeenaWild Conservation Trust.
4. 20th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count, February 17-20, 2017
You can participate by counting birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more of the count days and reporting your sightings online. See http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ for details.

PGNC Events and Notes, sent 17 January 2017

Club Events

1. Presentation by Doug Heard on the Caribou Recovery Program, 7:00 pm, this Thursday, 19 January, The Exploration Place
Doug will be giving an update on this high-profile program, close the heart of many PGNC members. For those also wondering about the moose situation, Doug asks that we wait for a separate, more detailed, club presentation on April 20 by his colleagues Michael Klaczek and Shelley Marshall.
2. Wednesday Walkers. February 8
The group will try again for a winter exploration of Wilson Park. We’ll be hoping for milder winter temperatures for the 8th and fresh snow on the 6th with lots of critter tracks made on the 7th.  As always, meet under the Spruceland sign 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.
Club Notes

1. Swan and Eagle Count Results
Sunday (January 15) was a lovely day for sweagling. At the Crooked River, the group saw thirty Trumpeter Swans, six of which were immature birds. Three otters, numerous Common Goldeneyes, and some American Dippers added to the interest. For anyone wondering where all the Pine Grosbeaks are: they were everywhere on this trip, but in small groups.
This trip is no longer the best for eagle counting, as the Foothills dump now provides the main attraction for the charismatic raptors. Just two adult bald eagles and one immature were seen along the highway and over the river.
2. Speedee Printers Club Display
Be sure to see the Club’s display currently in the window of Speedee Printers in downtown Prince George. The theme is “Through the Naturalist’s Eye.” Many thanks to the dozen club members who provided items for the display, which runs through to the end of the month.
3. Membership 2017 cards
You can pick up your 2017 membership cards at this Thursday’s  meeting – remember that the cards are very useful for such things as 10% discounts on bird seed at Spruce Capital Feeds. You can also renew your membership (or join for the first time) at this event, or through Paypal at https://pgnc.wordpress.com/membership/. Remember that membership ($25 single, $40 family, $15 student) also brings you  membership of BC Nature and receipt of its excellent quarterly magazine.
4. Facebook
If you are now receiving this message on Facebook: you are now one of a rather amazing 345 people doing so.
5. CBC Almanac
The club made its presence felt on CBC’s Almanac last Friday. You can hear the discussion of birds in winter at http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/bcalmanac_20170113_29644.mp3

Winter Birds in the Media!

Prince George Naturalists Club media spokesperson Clive Keen will be interviewed on CKPG TV tonight, talking about mallards and migration. Tomorrow (Friday) he will be talking with Gloria Macarenko  from 12:30 p.m. on Almanac CBC Radio call-in show, talking about winter birds.

And be sure to keep an eye on the Prince George Citizen for an upcoming story about the PGNC Swan Count scheduled for  Sunday January 15.

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Swan Count January 15, 2017

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