1. Animal tracks / Snowshoe event: Saturday, January 28
Sandra Kinsey will lead a snowshoe trip into Livingstone Springs (the back way). It is a very easy snowshoe, with lots of pauses to ID animal tracks and whatever else we spot. Dress warmly, as you’re not likely to get overheated. Skis work as well as snowshoes. Meet under Spruceland Shopping Centre sign for 9:00 am departure, and bring lunch.
2. AGM! Thursday, 16 February, 7:00 pm, 4051-18th Avenue
This is the Annual General Meeting – please try not to miss it, particularly as annual memberships ($25 single, $40 family) will be collected. On top of the (short as possible) business meeting, there’ll be two presentations:
a. Glen Mikkelsen will share a travelogue on visiting Yellowstone. Through photos and stories, he will detail why “America’s Serengeti” should be on every traveler’s bucket list.
b. Bob Steventon will present a series of wildlife photographs taken by members of the PG Photographic Society.
3. More Snowshoeing: Sunday, February 19
Sandra Hepburn will lead a trip to Troll Lake on Tabor Mountain. Snowshoes are preferred, but skis will work. Again, meet under Spruceland Shopping Centre sign for 9:00 am departure and bring a lunch.
4. Award-winning wildlife photography: Thursday, March 22, 7:00 PM, 4051-18th Avenue
I’m delighted to say that Pete Zwiers will present and discuss a number of his wildlife photographs. Pete is winner of numerous wildlife photography awards, including Overall Grand Prize in the Canadian Geographic Annual Photography contest. Though Pete will no doubt give some tips on wildlife photography, this is primarily an appreciation of his experiences taking the photographs, and the remarkable diversity of wildlife he has managed to capture.
5. Alternates still needed!
BC Parks is holding a series of events throughout the province to seek feedback on their volunteer strategy. They’ll be heading to Prince George on February 10, and holding the session from 9 am -12 pm. If you’re interested in representing the club, please let me know.
6. Swan Count Summary
North: Club members found 36 Trumpeter Swans (including six juveniles) along the Crooked River, along with a Snowy Owl, Bald Eagle, and otter pretending to be a beaver (or was it vice versa).
West: 30 adult and 7 immature Trumpeter Swans were found at the Nautley River, and other sightings on the trip included 10 adult and 3 immature Bald Eagles, plus Northern Hawk Owls.