Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 1 February, 2015

Club Activities
1. Livingstone Springs Snowshoe Trip, Sunday, 8 February, 9:00 am start
The annual snowshoe trip to the spring of the Crooked River is coming up – it’s a great way to learn more about tracks in the snow, and there’s a chance of seeing otters, dippers, swans, eagles, moose, etc. Meet at Spruceland shopping centre under the big sign for a 9:00 am departure, dress appropriately, and bring lunch and (of course) snowshoes. If you’ve questions, contact Sandra Kinsey Contribution by passengers to gas costs: $8.00.
2.  Canada Winter Games, Women’s Hockey, BC vs. Ontario, Sunday, 15 February, 7:30-10:00 PM, CN Centre
TransCanada are following up their sponsorship for the Hudson’s Bay Wetland Project by inviting Naturalists Club Members to be their special guests for this Canada Winter Games event. There is space for up to sixteen Club members (or eight club members plus partners) — please respond to this email ASAP to book your tickets, which will be distributed on a first-come first served basis.
3.  Seedy Saturday, Saturday, 7 February, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, The Exploration Place
Drop by The Exploration Place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to enjoy gardening presentations, swap and buy open-pollinated seeds, and view information tables and seed displays. The Naturalists Club is hosting a table with information and posters on Waterbirds and Wetland Birds, as well as tips about the best grains and seeds to feed local birds. It’s also a great opportunity to join the Club, renew your membership, or meet other members. Admission to the Atrium is free.
4. Trip Report: Swan and Eagle Count
The PGNC trip on January 18  saw six adult Trumpeter Swans and one Bald Eagle. Elsewhere around PG, Vanderhoof, the Upper Nechako River, and Fraser Lake, 59 adult and 15 immature Trumpeter Swans were seen, along with 13 adult and two immature bald eagles and one immature Golden Eagle.  Swan numbers were low partly because it’s been a warm winter: since the rivers aren’t freezing over, the swans are not concentrated on spots such as Crooked River.
5. Naturalists Club Memberships
We’re on a mission to expand the Club’s membership in order to build support for nature-related activities in Prince George. Cost is $25 for individuals or $40 for a family. The membership form is available at . Forms are also available on presentation nights, field trips, and at Seedy Saturday. For more information about memberships, contact
Other Events & Notes
1. Annual Backyard Bird Count
The 18th annual Great Backyard Bird Count takes place on February 13-16.  All that is needed is to tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see for at least fifteen minutes, and submit your observations at
2. Owls Again
A Great Gray Owl has been reported locally a couple of times in the last week, and it might not be alone — folks in Williams Lake are reporting an invasion, with ten Great Grays spotted on one stretch of road.

3. Unexpected Visitor
The Club Secretary had a rather unexpected visitor this week ….

 Silver Fox


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