PG Naturalists Club Events & Notes, 11 October 2014

Club Event

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

UNBC’s fungi expert Hugues Massicotte will give a talk entitled “Exploring and managing northern mycological resources” –  a slideshow on things we know and things we wish we knew. If time remains, a short presentation on pelagic whale-and-bird watching will follow the main course after a break.
Note:  Scheduled presentations typically take an hour or so, which leaves time for a “b” presentation, or event, or discussion.  Please let us know if you have any suggestions for these.

Hudson’s Bay Project

1. Observation Deck #1 at the Hudson’s Bay Wetland

Following months of planning and preparation, construction started on October 10 on the observation deck on the south side of the Channel and west of the footbridge. A team of volunteers is building the deck. If you would like to help out, please contact Nowell Senior at 250-562-6785 or email him at Nowell can provide details of work to be done as well as any necessary tools or equipment and safety gear that volunteers should bring to the tasks.

Volunteers are needed for Sunday morning!

2. Weed Cleanup, Hudson’s Bay Wetland

Ten volunteers turned out on a damp morning on October 3 to cut down Canada Thistle and dig out Common Tansy south of the channel by the footbridge. The mission was to clear the area before construction started on the observation deck. Volunteers were from Deloitte, Prince George Naturalists Club, Caledonia Ramblers and Prince George Singles Activity Group. Special thanks to Dave Bradshaw at the City of Prince George, and Andrea Eastham for making the event possible on short notice.

3. HB Wetland Presentation Featured on uTube

There’s a fine uTube presentation prepared by the Artist Response Team following their visit to northern BC to talk to people working on wetland projects. It’s part of a submission to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. An early feature covers the HB Wetland project. Take a look at


1. Remembering Susan Stevenson

A memorial will be held for Susan, a fine friend of Prince George Naturalists, at UNBC on Oct 23, 7:00 pm in the Bentley Centre. Susan was very active and influential behind the scenes in researching and conserving natural areas, particularly for caribou. A scholarship fund is being established in her name, and will be announced by Darwyn Coxson at the memorial.

2. Attending Club Executive Meetings

The Club Executive meets at 7:00 pm on the second Wednesday of the month at the Fish Hatchery on River Road to discuss business. All club members are very welcome to attend these meetings.

3.  Steller’s Jay Invasion?

Multiple reports are being received of Steller’s Jays appearing in PG locations where they’ve not been seen for many years.  If you spot any unusual wildlife, report it on the Club’s ncenbird listserver (it’s not just about birds!) or let a member of the Club Executive know.

4. TWS (UNBC)  Wildlife Photo Competition

If you’d like to submit photos to this annual competition, drop off your 10 X 8 photos (maximum three) at the TWS table at the UNBC Wintergarden on October 14 or 15. Further information can be obtained from Cale Babey

PO Box 1092,
Prince George,
BC V2L 4V2

Clive Keen


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