PG Naturalist Club Notes, 8 August 2013

Club Events

1. Visit to the Mackenzie Bird Banding Station, this Saturday, 10 August, 5:30 am start
If you’d like to head up to Mugaha Marsh this weekend, you can carpool by meeting at the Spruceland shopping centre under the large sign at 5:30 am. Yes, that’s 5:30 am. The reason for the very early start is that the mist nets are taken down at around 11:00, and it’s a long drive. It’s well worth missing a bit of sleep: the banding station is one of the naturalist jewels of northern BC, and deserves at least one visit each year.

Spruceland shopping centre sign on top with save on foods sign on bottom

Meeting Place

2. Hudson’s Bay Wetland Walk, Thursday, August 22, 7:00 pm
Join us for a loop walk around the Hudson’s Bay Wetland from the Fraser River to Norwood Street to check out water levels and flora and fauna of this key naturalist area for the city. Meet at the main parking lot at The Exploration Place at 7:00 pm. The walk takes about an hour. For more information, contact Anne at

3. Talk by Russell Cannings, Thursday, August 29, 7:00 pm, The Exploration Place
The Cannings must be, and by some way, the most renowned family of naturalists in BC, and Russell is definitely continuing the family tradition. Macleans magazine called him Canada’s best birder, with good reason. His blog was a particularly fine read in 2010, as he sought to break the record for the most birds spotted in BC in a year – and in which he was triumphant, spotting an incredible 373 species. It was during that trip that he collected information for his new book, co-authored with his father Richard Cannings, Birdfinding in British Columbia.

A number of club members have participated in the tours he has led as Birding Guide for Avocet Tours, and have been following his recent birding adventures in Australasia. To find out more about Russell before the event, head to

Additional Notes

1. Donations to the Prince George Naturalists Club
Members and others have been enquiring – very pleasing, this – about how to make a donation to the Club or to the Hudson’s Bay project. Donation cheques can be made out to BC Nature with Prince George Naturalists Club in the memo line (BC Nature will issue the tax receipt) and either given to one of the club’s officers at meetings, or mailed to Prince George Naturalists Club, P.O. Box 1092, Prince George, BC V2L 4V2. You can also donate online at BC Nature: If you want to donate specifically to the Hudson’s Bay Wetland Project, please note that on the cheque or on the BC Nature website, in addition to the name of the Club.

2. Perseid Meteor Show, August 10-13
This weekend sees the annual Perseid shower, which produces on average several dozen meteors an hour. Though you might see a streak of light even during the day, much the best time for Perseid watching is between midnight and dawn, when our part of the earth is moving forward into the meteor belt.

3. The Shelley Shorebirds
Last weekend’s club trip was a delight, yielding numerous observations not just of the shorebirds now pausing at the lagoons during their migration, but a number of other species. To see the list of birds found, head to , enter Prince George, and then click on the Shelley lagoons flag on the map.

Clive Keen


One response to “PG Naturalist Club Notes, 8 August 2013


    Just an update on local Prince George,BC Pine Siskins I’ve been feeding since winter.  I encountered quite a few that were dying found due to sour seeds/damp from the ground ;  and flying into our windows.  I have made it routine to rake up and remove all seed on the ground (even in warm summer weather) and have hung decorative garden flags on bamboo in front of my windows………..needless to say, there have only been two deaths in the past half year which, while still sad, is a significant improvement!    These little darlings do eat a large amount of ‘Nyger Bird Seed’ (Thistle) –  the best buy is at the Bulk Barn out by Walmart!