PG Naturalists Club Events & Notes, 31 January 2014


Coming Club Events

1. Livingstone Springs Snowshoe Trip, Sunday, 9 February

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

Meeting Place

This, the annual PGNC snowshoe trip to Livingstone Springs, is a gentle trip, so don’t worry if your snowshoeing skills are rusty. It’s a fun half-day event, giving chances of seeing otters, moose, swans, American dippers and eagles, while making sense of the animal tracks in the snow. As usual, meet under the large Spruceland Shopping Centre sign at 9:00 am and bring suitable clothing in layers, snowshoes or cross-country skis and a lunch. For more information, contact sjkinsey@direct.ca .

2. Presentation on the Northern Lights, The Exploration Place, 7:00 pm, Thursday, 20 February

2014 is set to be the aurora year of the decade, as we are at the top of the eleven-year cycle for sunspots, so we’re pleased that the folks at the Royal Astronomical Society accepted our invitation to speak to us on all things auroral. Dr Bob Nelson will be taking the stage, discussing and explaining the phenomenon and showing some glorious images and movies. Meanwhile, you might like to monitor www.aurorawatch.ca, which will warn you in advance of any spectacular auroral display.

Events by Other Groups

1. WaterKeepers Course, Quesnel, February 14, 2014, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

All those interested in the Hudson’s Bay Wetland Project are encouraged to attend this one-day workshop, which covers subjects such as lake ecology, the care and management of lakes, lake monitoring, watershed assessment, and planning for the future. To register, contact Tracy Bond at 250.992.5833 or tbondquesnel@gmail.com. More details can be found at www.bclss.org/newsevents.html.

2. Valentines For Water, The Exploration Place, Friday February 14, 2014, 7:00-9:30pm

A fundraiser for the new PG Water Gratitude Society, co-hosted by Danielea Castell and Lheidli T’enneh Elder Darlene McIntosh, with aboriginal storytelling, drumming, live painting and group sound weaving. Details are at www.eventbrite.ca/e/valentines-for-water-tickets-10132126463 .

Notes

1. Have You Seen Bats This Winter?

You may know that bats have been dying in their millions over the last few years from a fungal disease. So far, White Nose Syndrome has not appeared west of the Rockies, but scientists in BC are working to understand how populations can be helped to survive should the disease arrive. But first, they need to know where bats are. Anyone seeing bats this winter is asked to contact provincial government biologists at 250 387-9500.

2. Mike Nash Presentations

If you missed Mike Nash’s recent presentations on his trips to Griswold Pass and the US West Coast, they are now available online:
– Griswold Pass:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3Xv-H8FUnE&feature=youtu.be
– U.S. West Coast in Spring:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsGnuUzHxEo&feature=youtu.be
Other slide shows including the recent Grand Canyon snowshoe trip are also linked from http://www3.telus.net/pgoutdoors

3. Snowy Owl at the Airport

It’s not been a great Snowy Owl year for western Canada – they’ve mostly gone east, it seems –  but one youngster has been spotted regularly by the baseball diamonds on the Old Cariboo Highway, sitting on fence tops about halfway to the runway.

Clive Keen

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