PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 8 January, 2015

Upcoming Club Events

  1. Presentation: Singing Through the Noise: How birds compensate for effects of  urbanization on communication. 7:00 pm, Thursday, January 15, at The Exploration Place.
    Many birds communicate using song that has been adapted to forests, but cities are much noisier. UNBC doctoral candidate Stefanie LaZerte  will speak about the ways birds are affected and how they can change their singing to compensate.

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

    Meeting Place

  2. Annual Club Swan and Eagle Count, 9:00 – 3:00, Sunday, 18 January
    Meet at 9:00 am under the central green Spruceland Shopping Centre sign. Bring lunch and snowshoes. Dress warmly.  For more info email or phone at 250.963.8381.


  1. Membership Renewals
    Members can renew, and new members can sign up, at the January 15 presentation night. Membership is still $25 for a single person, and $40 for a family, and includes a subscription in the magazine BC Nature.
  2. PG Christmas Bird Count, 28 December
    This year’s Bird Count was as usual very well attended by counters — 42 people in 12 groups — though the birds weren’t quite as forthcoming. The cold wind made them hunker down. In all, 40 species and 6,969 individual birds were tallied — the lowest since 1997. If you’re interested in details, keep your eye on the website of the BC Field Ornithologists, which will gradually add details of all BC’s CBCs at:
  3. Owls in PG
    All sorts of birds that hid themselves for the Christmas Bird Count started to appear afterwards, including, in recent days, a Northern Pygmy-Owl, Great Gray Owl and a pair of Short-eared Owls. Earlier in December, Bob Steventon got this terrific picture of a Barred Owl, which was attempting to turn one of his resident squirrels into dinner.

Shows a Barred Owl clinging to the side of a tree looking at you.

  1. Days Getting Longer ….
    The PG Observatory notes that on 22 December, Prince George experienced 16 hours and 37 minutes of darkness. You’ll be relieved that days have been getting about two minutes longer each day since then. Their website is
  2. BC Mountain Caribou Videos
    There’s an excellent new short video on our threatened caribou, now available on uTube. Doug Heard and colleagues give a fine overview of the current situation at
  3. Water Gratitude Concert, Sunday February 8, doors at 6:30pm, show at 7:00-8:30pm
    At Knox United Church Sanctuary, 5th and Victoria Prince George. For details see

Clive Keen for:
PO Box 1092,
Prince George, BC
V2L 4V2


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