There’s a real Snowy Owl invasion on, and it’s a great time to get photographs, since Snowies can be found in the daytime sitting on posts, and are co-operative subjects. The Snowy Owl photo is of a first-winter female, spotted today on Highway 97 a couple of kilometres north of the Hart shopping centre. Adults are much whiter. Some members have recently spotted four separate Snowy Owls on a single trip round PG, and there’s also several reports of Hawk Owls, which are equally cooperative and can be found in the daytime — so keep your cameras handy.
2. CBC (The other one: Christmas Bird Count)
The PGNC Christmas Bird Count will be held on Sunday, 16 December. You don’t have to be experienced to take part; it’s a great way to learn more and meet other naturalists. Contact Cathy Antoniazzi at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be involved.
3. Meeting on the Interpretive Centre / Hudson’s Bay Wetland Project, Saturday, 24 November, 10:00 AM, UNBC cafeteria
This is a special meeting for members interested in working on the project(s). The club will be making a presentation to the City Council in the new year, so we need to get cracking. An update will be given on the city’s 22 November meeting of groups interested in the Interpretive Centre, and a start will be made on detailed planning for the Hudson’s Bay Wetland enhancement.
4. Photographic Presentation: Kayaking Adventures in BC, Thursday, November 29, 7:00 pm, “Parks Building”, 4051-18th Avenue
Staffan Lindgren will present and discuss a series of photographs taken during his numerous kayaking trips and other events throughout the province. Dr Lindgren is a professor at UNBC in Ecosystem Science and Management, and though his research focuses on forest insect attack, he has broad interests as a naturalist, as the presentation will demonstrate.
4. Double Presentation: Thursday, December 13, 7:00 pm (note change of date)
a. Dan Adamson, Community Forest Manager, will give a brief presentation on Mapping Prince George’s Natural Areas and Climate Change Impacts.
b. Mike Nash, well-known author and outdoorsman, will give a photographic presentation on the week he spent backpacking in the Niut Range as part of a BC Nature project gathering data for the BC Breeding Bird Atlas along with information about the area’s flora. The Niut Range is an outlier of the Coast Mountains, west of Williams Lake, south of Highway 20, known for high-end mountaineering. Members will be able to read about it on pages 8 and 9 of the latest BC Nature magazine. If you’re not a member yet, you can find the articles by heading to:
Mike, incidentally, will be signing books this weekend at the Christmas Craft Sale at Kelly Road Secondary School, including copies of the new expanded full-colour edition of Outdoor Safety & Survival. See forums.pgbrs.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3273 .
5. Wolf management in BC
What do you think about wolf management in British Columbia, e.g. as part of a caribou recovery strategy or to reduce conflicts with ranchers or hunters? The BC government has just released a draft wolf management plan and it is open for public comment until December 5th: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/public-consultation/grey-wolf/