Naturalists Club Notes, November 27, 2014


Mount Polley Tailings Pond Results

UNBC is holding a colloquium event on Friday November 28th at 3:30pm. Topic is the Mt. Polley tailings pond breach. Speakers are Sam Albers, Ellen Petticrew, and Phil Owens from the Quesnel River Research Centre, Geography Program, and Environmental Science Program at UNBC, respectively. Their colloquium presentation is entitled, “The Mount Polley Mine Tailings Pond Breach: A Perspective from UNBC’s Quesnel River Research Centre on Aquatic Impacts”. The colloquium will be held in the Weldwood Theater 7-238 from 3:30 – 4:25 pm.

Young Naturalists’ Club of Prince George

The next Club outing will be on Sunday December 7th at The Exploration Place. Japanese fish art (Gyotaku) will be the seasonal nature craft for this year. Experience the wonder of using local salmon to make beautiful prints. In addition to the Gyotaku, participants will use nature objects such as leaves and cones as stamps to make smaller prints suitable for use in creating cards.

Young Naturalists Club is an exciting nature discovery and environmental action program that invites young people ages 5-12 years to discover nearby nature on Explorer Day Adventures with local experts, learn about native wildlife and plants in NatureWILD Magazine, and take part in environmental actions to protect their habitat with Stewardship Projects and an Action Awards Quest. For more information about this event or the Prince George Club, contact co-leaders Gail Ross, Michelle Sims and Guy Scharf at PGYNClub@gmail.com

Spiders – Maligned, Misunderstood, but Marvellous!

Staffan Lindgren’s presentation on November 20 at The Exploration Place kept attendees, especially arachnophobes, on the edge of their seats. Staffan has sent along a list of links for those wanting to learn more about spiders or possibly overcome their fears.

Catherine Scott’s blog about spiders: http://spiderbytes.org/

Three sites discussing the misconceptions of spider bites:

http://buzzhootroar.com/a-spider-did-not-bite-you/

http://arthropodecology.com/2012/02/15/spiders-do-not-bite/

http://www.scilogs.com/expiscor/the-truth-about-spider-bites-aggressive-spiders-and-the-threat-to-public-health/

Videos:

How primary eyes of jumping spiders move https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvN_ex95IcE

(And a short blog explaining jumping spider vision in more detail https://experiment.com/u/eYfCEg)

Courtship by Australian peacock spider https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_yYC5r8xMI

Net-casting spider (ogre-faced spider) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAuwriAgbSA

Bolas spider https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl120RuhQYg

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