PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes – Sept 11th, 2014

Club Events1. Presentation:  7:00 pm, Thursday, September 18, The Exploration Place
Erin O’Brien will give a talk entitled “Effects of male plumage colour and habitat quality on mate choice in mountain bluebirds.” Erin is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at UNBC and has extensively researched the effects of environmental and individual variation on the life-history strategies on tree swallows, mountain bluebirds, and great tits.

2. Club Social, Saturday, 20 September

All members and prospective new members are welcome to a wonderful evening event.
Where: Spruce City Capital Fish Hatchery
1384 River Road, Prince George, BC
When: September 20th, 2014 from 6-9pm
Evenings activities will include:
Wine and Cheese
Nature trivia with PRIZES!!
Trivia categories will include: Geography Genius, Brilliant Botanist, Bird Brain and Mammal Master
50/50 tickets
Slideshow of PGNC members (and non-members) nature photography
For those members who know others that would like to be a member of the club, please feel free to forward this invite. For those who are parents, children are welcome to this event.
If you would like to share your pictures from this summer’s nature adventures, you can send your pictures to Allan at and we will have them displayed for all to see.
3. Important Bird Areas  – talk and field trip, 26 and 27 September
James Bradley will be coming through Prince George at the end of the month and will be giving a talk on IBAs on Friday 26th and leading a field trip on Saturday 27th. Details are still being worked out, and will be given either through this email link or through the ncenbird listserv.


1. Membership
The club now has 71 paid-up members. It would be great to have 100 for the City’s centenary, to confirm the commitment of the City to the enjoyment, understanding and protection of the natural world. Consider bringing a friend to the social on Saturday 20th.2. Arizona Presentation follow-up
As a follow-up to the presentation on August 21, Mike Nash has a slideshow of the April 2014 trip at:

3. Salmon Run
You’ve probably heard that this is a banner year for salmon in the Fraser, but perhaps not there’s a new platform for watching the run at Valemount. See:

4. Access to Shelley Lagoons
If you’re not on ncenbird, and need access to the Shelley Lagoons for birding, contact Clive Keen for information.

5. Tabor Mountain Recreation Society – grand opening of the Dougherty Creek Senior and Wheelchair Trail, September 19, 10:45 – 2:00
Dougherty Creek nature trail is located 23 km south of Prince George. You take hwy 97 south to Buckhorn road till you reach a major bend in the road (6.8km) where you turn left onto Scott Road. Travel to the end of Scott Road (2.4km) to where the gravel starts and take the first right (.2km) and then travel to the main parking lot. You are at the trail head.

6. Water Gratitude Society
There are three Rivers Day events this month:1. September 13, Water Prayer Pot workshop with Leanna Carlson and Fraser River Clay, 1-4 pm $25
2. September 16,  Beaded Bracelets For Your Water Taps with Kate Roxburgh, 6:30-8:00 pm $15
3. September 28, The Bank of Gratitude – World Rivers and Culture Day, 10am-2pm. Free.  Fraser riverbank.

Details can be found at

Clive Keen

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