PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, February 11 2015


Club Events
1. Note: No Evening Presentation for February
For those getting used to heading to Club presentations on the third Thursday of the month — we thought it best not to hold one this month, given all the activity and volunteering for the Winter Games.
2. Presentation: The Value of Urban Wetlands, Thursday, 7:00 pm, March 19, The Exploration Place
Gina Layte Liston, City of Prince George, will give insights into the role and value of wetlands beyond their immediate value as naturalist haunts.3. Travelling World Community Film Festival – Volunteers Needed
Some details still need to be worked out, but if volunteers come forward to act as organizers, the Club will sponsor two films:
• All the Time in the World, Friday March 27, Two Rivers Gallery
• Dam Nation, Saturday March 28, location TBA
If you’re able to act as an organizer, please let us know by return email.
Notes1. Sturgeon Presentation, Friday, Feb 13, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, room 7-238 , UNBC
As part of the UNBC NRES talk series, Cory Williamson, Manager of the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre in Vanderhoof, will give a presentation entitled “Recovery of the Endangered Nechako White Sturgeon – Sunrise for a population of ancient fish?” Note that the Club is planning a visit to the Conservation Centre in the early spring.2. Cottonwood Island Eagle Nest Falls
That huge and rather famous eagle nest came crashing down, either late on Monday 9th, or early on Tuesday 10th. The nest was probably at least 25 years old, and grew annually. It’s nearly time for the eagles to start nesting again, so we’ll soon see whether they’ll rebuild nearby or move elsewhere.
3. Great Backyard Bird Count begins this Friday, February 13
You can count birds for just 15 minutes, or count everything you see from Friday until the end of next Monday. You’ll then be part of a huge citizen science army: in 2014, 140,000 people from 135 countries counted 33 million birds.  gbbc.birdcount.org has details.
Shows a Great Grey owl sitting on a  cable against a cloudy background

Great Grey

4. More on Owls
Numerous owl reports have been coming in this week, and this is definitely an irruption year for Great Gray Owls, making up for the absence of Snowies. Great Grays are being reported in many parts of the province, and the guy above, photographed just this afternoon, is almost becoming a regular PG sighting. Note the bow tie, which added to their huge size makes Great Grays unmistakable.
Clive Keen,
PO Box 1092, Prince George, BC V2L 4V2
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