PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 30 September 2014

Club Events

1. Hudson’s Bay Wetland, Canada Thistle Removal, Friday, October 3, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers are invited on a work party to remove Canada Thistle from the south side of the Hudson’s Bay Wetland channel where construction will soon start on a new nature trail and observation deck. Removing the thistle will make it easier for the volunteer deck builders and will improve the view of the channel.

Volunteers should wear closed shoes and long sleeves. If possible, bring long-handled loppers. You can also bring your favourite weed whacker. A limited supply of hand clippers and extra work gloves will be available on site. This work party is combining forces with the Northwest Invasive Plant Council and a group of volunteers from Deloitte. Our Naturalists Club group will meet at The Exploration Place parking lot at 10:30 a.m. For more information please email Anne at .

2.  Presentation on Northern Fungi, 7:00 pm Thursday, October 16, Exploration Place

It’s moving into fungi season, so UNBC’s fungi expert Hugues 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.

Shows a Black Bear walking on grass with trees in the background.

Black Bear

Watch out these days for hyperphagic bears, such as the one in this photo who was wandering around a local garden recently – and take care not to leave food around that will attract them. To find out what “hyperphagic” means, go to .


1. Open House at Observatory, Friday, October 3
Nights are getting darker, so the observatory  watching season is under way. If you’ve never moon watched – the waxing gibbous Moon will be particularly well placed for observing. See for details.

2. Annual UNBC Wildlife Society Calendar Competition
You are invited to submit your best wildlife photos for the annual TWS Calendar competition, which is expected to take place October 14-17. Photos must be 8×10, with landscape display preferred. Submission costs for non members are $5 for the first photo and $2 for each additional photo, to a mximimum of three. More details can be obtained from

PO Box 1092, Prince George, BC V2L 4V2


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