PG Naturalists Club Updates and notes, January 17th, 2013

1. Outdoor & Nature Centre; Hudson’s Bay Wetland
A lot of encouraging progress is being made on both these projects. A full update will be given at the next evening meeting. Note, meanwhile, that the Club will be making a presentation to City Council on February 4th on the wetland project. It would be helpful to have club members there in support.

2. Swan Count
For those not on ncenbird, here’s Sandra Kinsey’s report:

Eleven adventurous naturalists checked along the Crooked River for wintering Trumpeter Swans on Sunday. The weather was quite tolerable with very good visibility. Snowshoeing was easy.

We saw 28 Trumpeter Swans, of which 7 were immatures. The young ones were from three families.

Also had one mink; and
3 American Dippers
7 Grey Jays (all together in one group)
11 Common Goldeneyes
1 Common Merganser
21 Mallards
a Belted Kingfisher
Common Ravens (of course)
Common Redpolls along the highway.

Thank you everyone for making the trip successful and enjoyable.

June and Denis Wood had 72 Trumpeter Swans on the upper Nechako River. The weather was a bit more character-building with temperatures at -32C in the morning.

3. The Sky This Morning
If you wondered about the unusual bright object in the sky this morning: the International Space Station passed high overhead Prince George at 7:09am. Thanks to Maurice Sluka for these updates, which I’ll try to pass on in advance in future.

Attached photographs:
This Gyrfalcon has been present at the First Avenue railyards for a while now: all

A grey falcon sits perched on a post.

Gyr Falcon

A moose peers from behind a tree branch.


those pigeons are clearly tempting. It’s a very large bird – by far the largest North American falcon – so is quite easy to spot when it’s perched on one of the lighting poles.  The moose shown has a pair of calves, and can sometimes be seen eating old man’s beard near the entrance to Forests for the World.

Clive Keen


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