Field Trip and Presentation – April 22 & 26, 2010

Naturalist folks:

Migration is well under way, owls are hooting, the first bears have been spotted, and the flowers are revving up their engines. It’s a great time to be a naturalist.

There’s two PGNC events this coming week:

1. Field Trip: Curlews and more, this Sunday, 22 April. 9:00 am
If you’ve never seen Long-billed Curlews  or want to see more, head along with us this Sunday, and with any luck you’ll see a fieldful of them and lots more beside.



The Curlew in the image was one of around 90 seen in a single field last year.  Meet at the usual spot under the green Spruceland sign in the Spruceland Shopping Centre at 9:00 am, and bring binoculars. There’ll be a little bit of walking, and the ground could be muddy in spots. Don’t wear white, which is an alarm colour for some species. Bring lunch if you like, but we’ll be essentially done by 12:30, and won’t be too far distant.

2. Presentation: Natural Brazil, 7:00 pm Thursday, 26 April,  4051-18th Avenue (Parks Building)
I’ll be telling some tall tales about Brazilian nature – and this time will back them up with photographs so Doug Wilson will believe me.  (One story is indeed as hard to believe as my aplodontia sighting.)

On other points:

3. Membership
The cut-off for informing BC Nature about our membership  is coming up very soon, so if you’ve not filled out your membership form for this year, there’s one linked here (Prince George Naturalists Club). Membership is $25 single, $40 for a family. The BC Nature magazine and their monthly email news only goes to paid-up members, so it’s important not to delay.

If you were a member last year, and can’t remember if you’ve paid this year, worry not – I’ll send out a separate email shortly to those that might need a reminder.

4. BC Nature AGM, May 10-13
This year’s AGM is in Kelowna.  If you’d planned on going, let us know to see if car pooling can be arranged.

5. Observatory
There’s another  Open House this Friday at the Observatory, run by their volunteers. Head there after 7:30pm. At the moment, Saturn is high in the southern sky at midnight, which means that views of it are particularly good – the higher in the sky, the less atmosphere and clearer the views. Saturn and its moons are quite sensational, so if you’ve never seen the planet, and the night is clear, you can be sure you won’t be disappointed.

Clive Keen.


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