January 2012 Updates

1. Snowshoe trip – Saturday, 14 January
Sandra Hepburn is leading a family-friendly snowshoe trip on the Giscome Portage Trail. Meet at Spruceland at 9:00am. Bring skis or snowshoes and a lunch. Vehicles will be left at both ends so it will be a one-way trip. Just turn up, or contact Sandra Hepburn at 963-7709 for more information.

2. Swan count – Sunday, 15 January
Watch for Sandra Kinsey on CKPG talking about the Swan Count – and then take part in the event itself.  As above, head to the Spruceland Shopping Centre by 9:00 am, to meet under the large Spruceland sign to carpool. Snowshoes or skis are needed for some sections;  a pair or two will be available as loaners, but those without can still complete most of the count. Do bring lunch and warm clothes.

3. AGM upcoming – mark your calendars for Thursday, 16 February
Plans are in hand for the Club AGM. As before, we’ll keep the business section short and concise, and have other activities on the agenda, including a talk on Yellowstone Park by Glen Mikkelson, and wildlife photographs presented by Bob Steventon. More details will be sent closer to the event.

4. Conservation issues
Please note that Carol Fairhurst is the Club’s representative on the BC Nature Conservation Committee, and along with Rosemary Fox in Smithers represents the north of the province on conservation issues. Since there is close overlap, Carol also represents the Club on regional meetings, acting as our BC Nature Director.  Any BC Nature issues, and particularly concerns about conservation matters should be sent to her, at cdfairhurst@yahoo.ca.

5. Prince George Backcountry Recreation Society
I’m delighted to report that Bonnie Hooge has agreed to represent the Club as a Director of the Prince George Backcountry Recreation Society (http://www.pgbrs.com/).

6. Alternates needed!

The Club is in need of Alternates for the above positions, for occasions when our designated representatives aren’t available. Don’t be shy – let us know if you’re willing.

7. Jasper National Park
And on the subject of conservation: there’s a web-based petition regarding development of the park at
www.avaaz.org/en/jasper_development/?czVWpcb . This will be of interest both to people concerned about the planned development, and to anyone interested in people-power through technology.

8. Hawk Owl irruption

Hawk Owl on a wire

Hawk Owl

Those gorgeous Hawk Owls are still around, and I got a lot closer to one this week (attached), again on the Willow-Cale northern section. If you’re not on ncenbird, let me know of any good sightings of these or other creatures and I’ll pass them on.

9. Night sky
There’s two particularly bright “stars” at the moment. The very bright object high in the southern sky is Jupiter; the extremely bright one low to the south west in the early evening is Venus.

More later, particularly on snowshoe trips and animal tracking in the snow.

Clive Keen


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