Naturalist Club Notes & Events, June 6, 2012

1. Visit to Mackenzie Bird Banding Station

The Club is planning a visit to the station on July 28 or 29. It will be an early-rise all-day event, since it’s a two-hour drive each way, and there’s a lot to see at the Mugaha Marsh.  If you’re interested in coming along, let us know whether you’d prefer the trip to be on Saturday or Sunday. Meanwhile, you can find out more about the station by heading to the following links :

2. Checklist of Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians

For some years the club has produced an extremely valuable checklist of the area’s birds — it is now planned to supplement this with a checklist covering the other (non-fish) vertebrates. The checklist will no doubt be honed over the years, but from the start will be a valuable source of information on questions such as

  • Do bobcats live in this area?
  • How common are elk around here?
  • Has anyone ever seen turtles in local ponds?
  • How many types of snake live near PG?
  • Where are the best places nearby to see river otters?

A second checklist committee is needed for this. If you are interested in being a member, or have any recommendations for membership, please let me know.

3. Alpine Wildflower Trip Leader Needed

For some time we’ve had on our must-do list a wildflower trip to the alpine. A hike to Raven, which is short and quite easy with the new trail, has been proposed. Is there a willing trip leader out there? All that is needed is a reasonable knowledge of alpine flora; Exec Committee members will also be along to assist.

Clive Keen


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