Prince George Naturalist Club Notes, 18 Sept 2013


Shows a Great Horned Owl on the edge of a roof.

Great Horned Owl

Keep alert for natural surprises. This Great Horned Owl was missed by most people on Monday morning.

Upcoming Club Events
1. Hudson’s Bay Walk and Boardwalk Planning, 10:00 am, Sunday October 6
Robin Draper will lead a morning walk to look at potential locations for boardwalks and observation features. Meet at The Exploration Place parking lot. Waterproof boots could prove handy.2. Lost Lake BioBlitz 2, Sunday October 20,  8:30 am to 12:30 pm. 
This will be the second Club trip to Lost Lake, this time walking to the lake itself from Big Fir Road in Beaverly. Members may either carpool from Spruceland at 8:30, or meet at the first bend on Big Fir Road at 9:00.

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

Meeting Place

3. Club General Meeting, Exploration Place, 7:00 pm, Thursday October 24.
This is an important general meeting at which a new constitution and some policies related to the Hudson’s Bay project will be presented for ratification. After concluding the business, Steven Dubas will give a presentation on the work being done by the Tabor Mountain Recreation Society .

Club Notes

1. Nature and Outdoor Centre for Prince George
Club officers are meeting again with the consultant in early October. Watch this space for developments.

2.  Site C Environmental Assessment
Information on the assessment process is available at http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/document-eng.cfm?document=93621

3. Proposed Limestone Quarry and Lime Plant at Giscome
Graymont’s proposed development is likely to be of concern to a number of members, paricularly as it is adjacent to Eaglet Lake. The environmental assessment process is in its early stages. For a project description, see http://a100.gov.bc.ca/appsdata/epic/documents/p295/d23787/1372961043899_e3378641858ae27ee2157d4b14ff7bc69af48dcac40f0b2d5c845a11ff176abc.pdf

4. Sierra Club gains a PG branch
Members with a focus on environmental campaigns will be pleased to hear that Dayn Craig is opening a local branch of the Sierra Club. For details, go to http://pgfreepress.ca/daily/2013/September_9_2013, and head to page 3, or email dayn.craig@gmail.com .

5. BC Nature
The Fall meeting of BC Nature gets under way today, and regrettably PGNC will not have official representation this time round. If interested in taking part in future events, take a look at http://www.bcnature.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Complete-Registration-information-FGM-2013.pdf and let a club officer know of your interest.

Events of Other Organizations

1. Bank of Gratitude, Sunday Sept 29,  10:00 – 3:00pm, Fraser riverbank beside the Railway Bridge
A  public art intervention for PG Rivers Day hosted by performance artist and sound healer Danielea Castell.

2. Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour: 7.00pm Tuesday October 1, PG Playhouse
A collection of environmental and adventure mountain films, hosted by the Cranbrook Hill Greenway Society. See www.cranbrookhillgreenway.bc.ca

3. Presentation by Dr Ryan Norris, University of Guelph, October 4, 3:30 – 4:30 pm in UNBC room 8-166
Dr Norris specializes in animal migration, and works primarily on birds and monarch butterflies. The talk will be followed by a poster presentation session by UNBC NRES graduate students with some finger food, and an adjournment to The Thirsty Moose.

Clive Keen

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