PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 23 September 2014


Club Events
1. Presentation on Important Bird Areas (IBA),  7:00 pm Friday, September 26, Fish Hatchery, River Road

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

Meeting Place

James Bradley of the IBA Program will be giving a short presentation on Friday evening and then, on Saturday, leading a field trip to the IBA of Tachick and Nulki Lakes.  The field trip departs at 7:30 am from under the Spruceland Shopping Centre sign. To find more about IBAs, head to http://www.ibacanada.ca/.

2.  Presentation on Northern Fungi, 7:00 pm Thursday, October 16, Exploration Place
It’s moving into fungi season, so UNBC’s fungi expert Hugue Massicotte will give a timely talk entitled “Exploring and managing northern mycological resources” –  a slideshow on things we know and things we wish we knew.

Notes

1. Brief Wetland Project Update
– MP Bob Zimmer, and the Vice-President of the Pacific Salmon Foundation – which has provided significant funding to the Wetland Project – will be touring the wetland in November, and getting an update on progress.
– Work will be starting on one of the channel-side trails in the coming days.
– Ducks Unlimited have committed to being a major partner on the wetland project.

2. Club Social
The Club Social last Saturday was very well attended, and lots of fun. Thanks go in particular to Allan Carson for proposing and organizing the event, which is likely to become an annual affair.

Shows a small Pygmy Owl being held in a hand by just a few fingers.

Pygmy Owl

3. Mugaha Marsh Bird Banding
Today is the final day of operations for the 2014 season (July 19 – September 23).  More than 3000 birds have been banded this season – including the station’s first Pygmy Owl (photo courtesy of Chris Coxson). A final report will be circulated soon via ncenbird.

4.  Tumbler Ridge designated a UNESCO Geopark

Congratulations to Charles Helm and his team on yesterday gaining UNESCO designation of the Tumbler Ridge area as a Geopark. A Geopark is a unified area with geological heritage of international significance, and Tumbler Ridge is just the second to be so designated in North America.

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