Naturalist Club events and notes, 18 April 2013

1. Curlews and More. This Sunday, April 21, 9:00 am.
The Long-billed Curlews are back, along with plenty of other species heading to or through Prince George. This field trip will see how many can be seen, at the confluence, Shelley, and Lund Road. Meet under the large sign at Spruceland Mall at 9 am. Binoculars and cameras will be useful. The trip will be finished by lunchtime. For more information contact Visit to the RASC Observatory, Wednesday April 24, starting at 8:15 p.m.
As requested at the AGM, this is a special field trip for club members to the Observatory (Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Prince George Centre) . Meet under the big sign at Spruceland Mall at 8:15 pm. We will carpool to the Observatory for a 9:00 pm start. Email for more information.

3. Mount Robson Bird Blitz, June 7 to 9
The 25th Mount Robson Bird Blitz will take place June 7 to 9. This year also marks the centennial of Mount Robson Park. For more information, contact Gail Ross at

Other Events of possible interest to PGNC members

1. Earth Day at ArtSpace, Monday, April 22 at 6 pm

6 pm: Alter Ecos: Reducing your Waste Lines.
7 pm: The Clean Bin Project film
8:15 pm: Waste Lines Q & A. Ask questions of representatives from REAPS, the City of Prince George and the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George. Find out about the local waste stream and plans for the future.
For more information call 250-564-3859.

2. Book Launch, Thursday April 25 at Books and Company at 7 pm.
June Wood, a past co-chair of the Quesnel Naturalists Club, will launch her newest book, ‘Home to the Nechako: The River and the Land’.  See

3. Clean-Up at Hudson’s Bay Slough, Sunday April 28 at 10 am.
From REAPS: Spring-cleaning our Earth Mother’s house. Meet at Hudson’s Bay Slough Park off Queensway across from Regents Crescent. RSVP Danielea Castell at 250-981-8067 so the right number of many bags/gloves can be provided; let her know also if you have a canoe to help gather debris from the water. Bring lunch or snacks to share, musical instruments such as drums, rattles and other homemade instruments, water stories.

4. Operation Clean Sweep, Sunday April 28, 10 am to 4 pm
From REAPS: Pitch In and help pick up winter’s leftovers! This year’s city-wide spring clean up will be on Sunday April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. REAPS will provide locations (if you don’t have one in mind), gloves and pitch-in bags. Register for Operation Clean Sweep as a resident or business for even more incentive. Contact or call 250-561-7327.

5. Wetlandkeepers Stewardship Workshop, Chase, BC, May 10 to 12
BC Wildlife Federation presents Wetlandkeepers! A stewardship workshop in Chase, BC, May 10 – 12, 2013. Cost is Free. Camping is available. To register, visit:
For more info contact Neil Fletcher, Wetlands Program Coordinator, or find them online at Local contact is


2 responses to “Naturalist Club events and notes, 18 April 2013

  1. susan wheeler

    Hello Clive & All,

    I’m not sure if I will be able to join the Sunday outing. If not, I would like to pass along a couple of things. The oxbow (at the southern end of Walrath Rd.) now has open water with geese & ducks. No sign of the Trumpeter’s yet. Also, on the Beaver Rd there is a channel, now open, worth viewing. There has been a Wood Duck in both places.

    If you are not familiar with the area, you reach the Beaver Rd. channel by continuing on Shelley Rd past the turn off to Walrath. At the stop sign, turn left and cross the tracks. Stay to the left, this gravel road is the Beaver. Drive down about 2 km. and you will reach the channel. Also, if the curlews are not in Yon’s field, they are often seen beside the stretch of the Beaver bordering the Shelley townsite.

    Happy Birding Susan

  2. Thanks for this update. Is there a chance you could send a shout out to the membership about our annual BC Interior stewardship meeting in Vanderhoof May 06-08….? It would be great if we could get more folks from the north attending this meeting. If you don’t have the sign up link and agenda info please let me know. All you have to cover is accomodations, a ride and food are provided!! Thanks…. Guy.

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