PGNC Events and Updates, October 21, 2013

Shows a Long-billed Dowitcher with oil on it

Oiled Dowitcher

Photo: Why oil should never be dumped into septic tanks. This Long-billed Dowitcher was one of a pair of oiled shorebirds at the Shelley lagoons this week. Fortunately most of the shorebirds there, including a rare visitor from Siberia – a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper – were unaffected. 

Club Event Reminders

1. 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 Wetland 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. Update on the proposed Nature  / Outdoor Centre for Prince George
The external consultants have withdrawn their initial recommendation that a nature/outdoor centre should be located in the UNBC/Forests for the World/ Greenway trail area, recognizing that the HB Wetland/Cottonwood Island option offers many advantages, and it would be unwise at this stage to limit opportunities.

2. For Birders
Sandra Kinsey and Laird Law spotted some “firsts” for Haida Gwai, including a Palm Warbler, and a Whooping Crane was spotted near Kispiox

Events from Other Organizations
Talk by Dr. Jerry Haigh Wildlife Vet, Author & Storyteller, UNBC, Friday, October 25 – time and place TBA
A Kenya-born, Glasgow-schooled veterinarian, Jerry Haigh developed much of his expertise and storytelling over years of working in Africa. Experiences in several countries included work with species from elephants to wild dogs and lions. Since moving to Canada he has worked with, among others, polar bears, wolves, moose, seals and elk. He has studied animals in the mountains of Mongolia, the Outback of Australia and the lush pastures of New Zealand. His books include Wrestling With Rhinos (ECW 2002), The Trouble with Lions (UAP 2008) and Of Moose and Men (ECW 2012). He has had soldier ants up his shorts, given an enema to a rhino, checked both lions and polar bears for pregnancy and been chased by an irate mother moose. For eight consecutive years he took Canadian vet students to Uganda to learn about the complexities of the human x wildlife relationship and developed close links and new friendships with many of those students as well as his Ugandan colleagues. He has told stories about his work, and some of the folk-tales about his subjects across Canada and in many other countries.

Clive Keen


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