PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, May 30, 2015


First a reminder:

Annual Mt Robson Provincial Park Bird Blitz, June 5 – 7   This blitz has been taking place for more than 25 years: for details email Gail Ross at gailross1@telus.net. Registration will occur between 7 and 9 pm in Robson Meadows Campground on the night of Friday 5th. Camping is available at Robson Meadows or cabins can be rented at the nearby Mt Robson Lodge.

Club Event

Hudson’s Bay Wetland Planting Party Saturday June 6,8:30 a.m. to 12 noon Volunteers are invited to the Prince George Naturalists Club’s first planting party at the Hudson’s Bay Wetland. We will be working around the new deck and trail on the south side of the channel, close to the footbridge that crosses the channel. Parking is available at The Exploration Place in Fort George Park. From there it’s a short walk across the grass to the footbridge. People can also walk in from Regents Crescent along the paved trail.

The planting party will remove invasive plants and replace them with native plants. We will be planting over 250 individual native plants including prickly rose, northern gooseberry, thimbleberry, willow, native lupine, yarrow and blue wildrye. Our efforts will improve habitat for birds, pollinators and other wildlife. All plant and nature lovers are invited to participate!

Volunteers should wear closed shoes. If possible bring your favourite digging tool and a wheelbarrow, a large pail or a bucket to carry compost a short distance to the planting areas. We will provide shovels, spades, hand clippers and extra work gloves, also water, juice and energy bars. Coffee and donuts will be waiting for volunteers arriving at 8:30 a.m.

The Club’s first planting party is made possible with the support of the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Northwest Invasive Plant Council, City of Prince George, Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, and the expert guidance of volunteer Andrea Eastham. For more information please contact Anne at pgnaturalists@hotmail.ca.

 Other Events

 Chinook Fry Salmon Release at Hudson’s Bay Wetland, Monday June 1 to Friday June 5 Everyone is invited to observe the release of chinook salmon fry at the Hudson’s Bay Wetland footbridge, June 1 to 5 between 9:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. Students from Prince George elementary schools will be releasing salmon fry into the waters of the Fraser River at intervals of an hour and a half starting at 9:00 a.m. each day. The students rear and release the fry as part of the Salmonids in the Classroom program run by REAPS since 2008. For more information, contact salmonids@reaps.org

BC Wildlife Federation presents Wetlandkeepers in Quesnel, June 5, 6 and 7 If you missed the very successful Wetlandkeepers course in Prince George last year, here’s another chance to take it. Join the BCFW over 2.5 days and learn about wetland classification, the many benefits of wetlands, GPS wetland mapping, wetland plant identification, soil classifications and more. This hands-on fieldwork course provides participants with the technical skills to steward their wetlands. Where: Hallis Lake Ski Trail Lodge, Hallis Lake Forest Service Road, Quesnel BC. Cost: free (value $100). Contact Neil Fletcher, Wetlands Education Program Coordinator wetlands@bcfw.bc.ca or 604-882-9988 ext. 232. For more information or to sign up, see bcfw upcoming events. Only a few seats left!

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