PG Naturalist Club events and notes Dec 9, 2012


Naturalist folks:1. Double Presentation: This Thursday, December 13, 7:00 pm, “Parks Building”, 4051-18th Avenue
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. The Niut Range is an outlier of the Coast Mountains, west of Williams Lake, south of Highway 20, known for high-end mountaineering.

2. Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, 16 December
The PGNC Christmas Bird Count will be held next Sunday, 16 December. This is the 112th year of CBCs, and 2000 communities in Canada, the US and the Caribbean will be taking part, helping with creation of a huge database. 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 canton1@telus.net if you’d like to be involved.

3. Snowy Owls
It looks as though around 30 Snowy Owls have arrived in the Prince George area over recent weeks, and – as could be expected – not all have survived. Seven  are known to have died of starvation. These are nearly all first-winter owls with limited hunting experience and are in unfamiliar territory – and being a predator is a tougher way of life than most of us realize. If you see one of the many still living around here, don’t disturb it, or you might make it use up some of its dwindling supply of energy.

4. Other Sightings
Ken Schwartz of Mud River has shared photos of a pack of wolves (don’t worry, they are a good way out) a Big Brown Bat, and an adult and fledgling Long-eared Owl. There’s only previously been a historical record of Long-eared Owls breeding in our area, so a future amendment to the PGNC Checklist of North-Central BC Birds is on the cards.

5. Fracking and Water Use
If you have strong feelings about the problems of fracking and the concomitant use of water resources, note that there is a petition being signed by those in opposition at: www.change.org/petitions/protect-northern-waters.

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Photo: this, one of nine known Salmon Valley Snowies, didn’t make it, but is now to be preserved in the UNBC collection and used for teaching purposes. Many thanks to Kim Heltman for the information. (It was not disturbed for the photograph – very long lenses were used.)

Clive
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