PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, July 21 2014

Forthcoming Club Events

1. Beekeeping Demos, 7:00 pm, Wednesday,  July 30 and Thursday August 7

If you’d like to know more about bees or beekeeping, head along on one of these club evenings, hosted by Executive member Alice Lee. For safety and equipment reasons, each evening event is limited to six guests, so please pre-register if you plan on attending, by contacting Alice at She’ll give details on where to meet.

And a new announcement:

2. The Naturalist in Arizona, 7:00 pm, Thursday, August 21, The Exploration Place

Arizona is a quite extraordinary place for naturalists.  Photographic presentations from Mike Nash, Barry Booth and Clive Keen will show just how extraordinary it is.

Club News

Monthly Presentation Schedule Developed

Following recommendations at the open planning session of June 18, the Club Executive have developed a standard monthly schedule for club presentations – the third Thursday of the month, except for December. Each presentation will start at 7:00 pm at The Exploration Place. The dates for the coming year are thus:

August 21, September 18, October 16,  November 20, January 15, February 19,  March 19, April 16, May 21

This regular partnership with The Exploration Place is an exciting step forward in the Club’s development.


1. Forest Practices Board positions

Club member Mike Nash is completing his sixth and final year as a part-time board member with BC’s Forest Practices Board – British Columbia’s forest practices watchdog. He  passes on the Board’s formal invitation for expressions of interest  in the part-time board positions becoming vacant this fall. If you feel that you may have something to contribute, head to and follow the links.

2. Counting the successes

A record 82 Whooping Crane nests have been found in Wood Buffalo National Park this breeding season, up  from 74 last year. In a month or so, we should have figures on how many chicks hatched and survived to fledge. The wild Whooping Crane population is now likely to be significantly over 300 – up from just 16 in 1940.

3. The Night Sky

In case you wonder about the bright “star” low in the southwest sky — it is Mars. To the left of Mars the next brightest object is another  planet:  Saturn. The brightest star in the sky (as against planet) is in fact Sirius, also  known as the Dog Star, and that is why these are the “dog days of summer”. (With thanks as always to Maurice Sluka for the information.)

Shows a young spotted sandpiper with a green grass background

Spotted Sandpiper

Photo: one of the many bundles of fluff – it’s a very young Spotted Sandpiper – currently being raised around Prince George.

Clive Keen

PO Box 1092, Prince George, BC V2L 4V2


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