Birds, Caves & Eco Quests


Naturalist folks:

Some of you will have seen the amazing Aurora last weekend. We couldn’t give advanced notice that time – it was a surprise –  but will try to do so in future if there’s a warning (author’s note: Space Weather Prediction Service provides alerts – follow the link and click the “Email Registration” link). As with all notable naturalist-related events, if you observe one, send a report to me and I’ll share it with the membership. Maurice Sluka’s rather stirring report on the aurora is given at the end of this email.

Several PGNC trips are currently being planned, including Danielea Castell’s Spirituality and Mother Nature event, and a Wildlife Discovery and Ecotour trip organized by Carol Fairhurst. More about these shortly, when I’m back from pelagic birding off Ucluelet. Meanwhile, to help planning, could you let me know if you might be interested in either of the following:

1. Trip to Mackenzie bird-banding station
This would be an all-day car-pooled trip, on a Saturday or Sunday over the next month.

2. Caving Trip
I promised at the AGM to take a PGNC group to Fang in the autumn, and will certainly do so if there’s interest. Let me know if you think it’s for you. Bear in mind that a typical trip takes 16 hours door-to-door, involves climbing to a cave entrance at 5,000 feet and spending time in cold, wet, tight and totally dark places. It requires a fair level of fitness and commitment, but can be a great experience for the adventurous. Don’t be shy if it piques your interest.

There’s also a couple of non-club events coming up that will be of interest to PGNC members:

1. Purden eco-quest, September 17th, 2011 from 1:00 until 6:00
This is a BC Parks community conservation event at Purden Lake Provincial Park. The promised lichen/mushroom walk is one of numerous events led by UNBC scientists, outdoor guides and park staff. A free bus (look for a big yellow school bus) will leave from the Pine Centre at 12:30 on Saturday and leave Purden at 5:00 pm.  For more details see: 
www.unbc.ca/ortm/purden_ecoquest.html .

2. Book launch, Friday, September 23rd at 7:00 pm at ArtSpace
This is a presentation and book launch for the paperback edition of British Columbia’s Inland Rainforest: Ecology, Conservation, and Management. See http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=171165802962012 .

On an administrative note – I’m delighted to add that Anne Hogan has agreed to become the PGNC Secretary. She can be contacted at ahogan@uniserve.com on organizational and other issues.

Clive Keen
Chair, PGNC

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