Upcoming Club Events
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 250.963.8381.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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 http://pgrasc.org/
- 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHTlKliD7P8.
- 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 www.thebankofgratitude.net.