October November & December Events

November will be a thin month for PGNC events, as organizers will be away, but here’s early warning of two December events:

1. Wildlife Photo Presentation – 7:00 pm, December 1 at UNBC, room TBA

This is primarily a presentation and discussion of the photographs to be featured in this year’s TWS Calendar. Around 60 photos were submitted for the competition which concluded last Friday, with a very high overall standard. If any of yours are among them (you’ll know in a day or two) please contact me.

2. Christmas Bird Count: 18 December, daylight hours

This annual event is open to everyone, beginners and experts alike. (Two hawk owls were spotted locally this week, and just might hang around for the count.)  More details TBA.

Other notices of interest to PGNC Members:

1. Tabor Mountain trails event: October 29, 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Prince George Civic Centre

The Tabor Mountain Recreation Society is holding this event to celebrate the registration of the 407 kilometres of trails on Tabor Mountain. Email steven_dubas@shaw.ca for details.

2. Healthy Forests–Healthy Communities: Community Dialogue, November 2, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, UNBC, 6-205/6-211

This is a significant grass-roots initiative that has been attracting a lot of notice. It would be good to have representation from the naturalist community. For details head to bcforestconversation.com or email  info@bcforestconversation.com.

3. New Resource Roads Act

The BC government is asking for public input on a new resource roads act. See

www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2011/10/simplified-resource-road-rules-benefit-industry-users.html, and


4. New in Eskers Park – note from Mike Nash

For the interest of club members, BC Parks has made some very fine improvements to Eskers Park this year, notably many new interpretive signs on the trails from both the main and Circle Lake parking lots. The theme is native plants and their traditional uses (food, medicinal, other) and the signs are interesting, informative, succinct, focused, and sufficiently numerous to give broad coverage. One of the nice things is that there are so many signs that it’s easy to miss some and be surprised later. It is perhaps the best set of park interpretive signs that I have ever seen. I understand that this was a cooperative effort between BC Parks and UNBC students with some external funding, and I also understand that the exhibits have already been the subject of a field trip by First Nations elders. An intent, I believe is to encourage field trips by school kids. One of the challenges will be for visitors to respect park rules and not pick berries, especially in the vicinity of the signs where people might be tempted to sample the wares, thereby lessening the interpretive value. Also, the mountain pine beetle remediation work has continued to be well done in a cooperative effort with the forest service; plus the access trail and dock at Circle Lake have been upgraded (a very pleasant, safe, and accessible place for an evening paddle). Eskers therefore beckons for a fall hike or a naturalist field trip. In my, admittedly biased view, Eskers is the finest low elevation park in the BC Parks system and, thanks to local parks staff despite their continuing struggle with low funding, it just got even better!

Clive Keen


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