Naturalists Club: Events and Notes, 7 May 2014

Club Events1. Shelley Lagoons Migration Watch and Clean-up, Saturday, 10 May 2014, 8:45 am start
36 species of birds have been spotted at the lagoons over the last three days, and plenty more are likely to be coming through, so Heather Meier has volunteered to lead a field trip this Saturday, and follow it with what should be a final clean-up of the road leading up to the lagoons area.

If you’re new to birding, the lagoons are good at this time of year for spotting a wide variety of waterfowl; a separate trip will be held in August, when they are favoured spots for migrating shorebirds. A list of birds seen over the last few days can be found by heading to and specifying Prince George for your search.
Spruceland shopping centre sign on top with save on foods sign on bottom

Meeting Place

Meet under the big Spruceland sign for an 8.45 am start, or head directly to the Shelley lagoons for 9:15 or so. We’ll be touring the lagoons for an hour or two and then those that are happy to do so will clean up the road outside the lagoons, weather permitting. If you can lend a hand with the cleaning, sturdy gloves are a good idea.
Warning: The Shelley lagoons are not the blue lagoons of movie fame, but septic lagoons. It’s usually a pleasant spot, but the aroma can range from barely noticeable to seriously mephitic. (It was OK today.)
2. 26th Mount Robson Provincial Park Bird Blitz – June 6 – 8‏
This is the annual weekend of birding by Prince Georgians in Mt Robson Provincial Park. Camping is available in the park or cabins can be rented at Mt Robson Lodge For further information call Nancy Krueger at 250-563-7896 or email Gail Ross at
Shows a bunch of garter snakes intertwined

Snake Ball

1. Snakes Alive

Last Thursday’s snakewatch was a remarkable success, with a large ball of garter snakes (see photo) on show to club members for an extended period. Even more extraordinary, nineteen people came out at very short notice – who’d have known that snakes could be so popular. Special thanks to Heather Sapergia for suggesting the event, and to Taylor Sapergia for hosting us.
Note: if you have an idea for any kind of event of interest to naturalists, please follow Heather’s terrific example and let us know.
Clive Keen

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