PG Naturalist Club Events and Notes, 22 April 2013


Yesterday’s Curlew trip was sensational, with 44 curlews putting on a great show, and 36 species in all giving fine views. Even the Gyrfalcon made a guest appearance on the way home. A full list is added to the bottom of this email.

Upcoming Club Events

1. Visit to the RASC Observatory, This Wednesday, April 24, starting at 8:15 p.m.

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.

2. Presentation: Thursday 23 May, 7:00 pm, “Parks Building”, 4051-18th Avenue

Upper Fraser Ancient Cedar Stands ­– A proposed new World Heritage site in B.C, By Darwyn Coxson, Ecosystem Science and Management Program, UNBC

Emerging research has highlighted the significance of ancient western red cedar stands within the upper Fraser River watershed as rare forest types within British Columbia’s inland temperate rainforest (ITR).  Historically, ancient cedar stands were found in greatest abundance where mountain slopes flatten out as they reach the valley bottom. Abundant groundwater and wet soils in these sites provided protection from fires and sustained trees during dry summers.  Unfortunately, ITR landscapes have been heavily impacted by human activities, from construction of hydroelectric reservoirs to placement of road and rail corridors and logging.  Today, ancient cedar stands represent less than 4% of the upper Fraser River watershed within the 130,571 ha ICHvk2 biogeoclimatic zone east of Prince George.  Less than 100 ha of these stands are protected within B.C. provincial parks.  Our research suggests that the cultural and biological values represented by these sites would fully meet criteria for nomination as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  This designation would not only recognize the cultural and biological heritage these sites contain, but would have widespread benefits for diversification of the regional economy, building on the regional tourist attraction that has already developed at the site of the Ancient Forest Trail.

Darwyn Coxson is a Professor in the Ecosystem Science and Management Program at the University of Northern British Columbia.  Dr Coxson’s research on the conservation biology of inland temperate rainforest ecosystems in British Columbia has resulted in a new scientific appreciation of the unique nature and global rarity of ancient cedar stands within the inland rainforest. Dr Coxson’s recent publications include the co-authored UBC Press book British Columbia’s Inland Rainforest: Ecology, Conservation and Management.

Notes from BC Nature

1. The BC Nature AGM is being hosted by the Abbotsford-Mission Naturalists in Abbotsford on May 2-5, and club members are of course very welcome to attend. Registration information is in the BC Nature magazine,  and on the BC Nature website.

2. BC Nature executive is requesting information from the clubs on two topics:

i) means to help with the replacement and recruiting of club executive members and

ii) suggestions for presentation to a fund-raising seminar. These topics will be considered at either the AGM or the Fall General Meeting in Cranbrook

3. BC Nature is looking for a club member who would like to volunteer to help with the updating of the BC Nature website for the Northern region.

Contact Carol Fairhurst (cdfairhurst@yahoo.com) for the above, or anything else in connection with BC Nature.

Addendum

PG Naturalists Club ‘Curlew Trip’ April 21, 2013

FIRST AVENUE:

Curlew

Curlew

Gyr sitting on a pole

Gyr

Snoeshow hare

Shonshoe

Merlin 1
Rock Dove 3
Gyrfalcon 1

COTTONWOOD ISLAND:
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Northern Flicker 2
Ring-billed Gull 50
Mallard 8
Black-billed Magpie 1
American Wigeon 1 pr
Wood Duck 2 pr
Red-necked Grebe 6
Green-winged Teal 2
Bald Eagle 1 imm.
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Common Redpoll 1
Barrow’s Goldeneye 1
American Robin 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
American Crow 4
Killdeer 1

WALRATH ROAD & MARSH:
Long-billed Curlew 44
Common Raven 4
Merlin 1
Canada Goose 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Northern Flicker 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Bufflehead 6
Green-winged Teal 1
American Coot 4
Hooded Merganser 3
American Crow 1
American Wigeon 60
Canada Goose 70
Killdeer 2
Bald Eagle 1 ad, 1 imm
Dark-eyed Junco 3
Northern Harrier 2
Mallard 16
Northern Shoveler 2
Wood Duck 1 pr
Song Sparrow 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Barrow’s Goldeneye 7
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 8
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Robin 25
Common Goldeneye 1 pr
Muskrat 1

Thanks for Sandra K for keeping score.

Clive Keen
http://traybonbooks.com

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