Naturalists Club Events and Notes Nov. 5, 2014


Club Events

1. Hudson’s Bay Wetland Celebration, Sunday, November 9, 2:00 pm, near Exploration Place
Work on the project has been well under way, with the first of a number of elements completed. Naturalists Club members and supporters are invited to meet at the kiosk information sign by the footbridge at Hudson’s Bay Wetland to celebrate the construction of a new accessible observation deck and nature trail on the south side of the channel.      We’ll recognize the work of the volunteers who built the deck and who helped with the trail, and talk about next steps. If we’re lucky the resident beaver will join us for celebratory photographs.
The sign and footbridge can be accessed from several points. From the parking lot at Exploration Place it’s a short walk across the railway tracks down to the kiosk sign and footbridge. People using mobility devices can access the sign and footbridge via the asphalt walkway at the end of Ingledew Street just south of Magnolia Gardens. There is space for several vehicles to park at the entrance to this walkway. From South Fort George, parking is available on Regents Crescent at Rose Lane. A wide asphalt walkway leads from Regents Crescent to the footbridge and sign.
For more information about the event please contact Anne at pgnaturalists@hotmail.ca or Clive by return email. Additional information and photos are available on the PG Naturalists club blog at https://pgnc.wordpress.com

2. Presentation: Spiders: Maligned, Misunderstood, but Marvellous! 7:00 pm, Thursday, November 20, Exploration Place
This presentation by Staffan Lindgren might or might not offer a cure for arachnophobia, but is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Club Notes

1. Remembering Dan Loussier
On October 15 we lost Dan Loussier, who many will remember, not least for his engaging presentation to the Club on soil microorganisms. An article on Dan by Hugues Massicotte is available in the October 27 – 31 NRESI Newsletter at: http://www.unbc.ca/nres-institute/newsletter

2. UNBC Talk on Friday, November 7, 3:30 – 4.25, Weldwood Theatre (7–238)
Dr Helen Schwantje will give a talk on two very important current wildlife health issues: the serious threat to bat populations caused by White Nose Syndrome, and the problem of declining moose populations in BC. She notes that anyone living in the central interior can contribute to resolving these threats to our wildlife.

3.  Spotted a Hummingbird? 
A few reports have been coming in over recent days of hummingbirds spotted around Prince George. While our usual hummers, Rufous and Calliope, have long since departed south, we do get a small number of a different species – Anna’s Hummingbirds – through the fall, indeed right into December. Don’t be concerned if you spot one, and feeders won’t lure them into staying beyond their time; they are professional birds, and by and large know what they are doing.

4. How about Skunks?
Yes, they are around, as recent remainders by the side of the road confirm.  Doug Wilson advises us not to try to prove their local existence by collecting the ex-skunk, as essence of skunk can permeate containers. If you think you spot a roadside ex-Bobcat, though, at least take a photograph; that would have given Staffan Lindgren a first-for-PG record.

5.  Strange Tree Growth – Crooked Aspen
Local naturalist James Steidle produced a fascinating short film for the Yorkton Film Fest, and it’s now available online athttps://vimeo.com/93323620. Just enter the password crookedaspen.

6. Avian Research – Saw-whet Owls
The Vancouver Avian Research Centre has a rather delightful fall newsletter at www.birdvancouver.com/blog_fall2014.html with an extended feature on Saw-whet Owls.

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