PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 19 June 2015

Club Events
1. Evening Presentations
The regular evening presentations are on hiatus for the summer, so the next scheduled event will not be until September. It is expected to be a presentation by the President of BC Nature, Kees Visser, on Wednesday, September 9 – watch this space for details.

2. Hudson’s Bay Wetland Planting Party 
Many thanks to all the people who dug up invasive plants and planted over 200 native plants and some spruce trees at the new observation deck  near the footbridge. Over 20 adults and young people turned out. The City watered the plants the following Monday. By the end of last week it appears that 90% of the plants will survive – we’ve been told that’s a high survival rate for reclamation sites, especially former snow dumps.

      Special thanks go to Club volunteer Andrea Eastham who guided the event, Penni Adams of Northwest Invasive Plant Council, and Katryna Schreiner and her crew from Spectrum Resource Group Inc. Clive and Sue Keen deserve special mention for their intrepid wheelbarrow work with the compost. A grant from Pacific Salmon Foundation covered the cost of the plants and other event expenses.
See Bob Steventon’s shots at
Related Events 
1. Centennial Celebration Interpretive Walk, Sunday July 12
The Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Club will lead a nine-kilometer heritage interpretive walk through the Hudson’s Bay Wetland, South Fort George and back along the Gunn Trail atop the Fraser River cut banks. This two to three-hour loop walk is part of the City of Prince George’s Summer Centennial Celebrations and will arrive back at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park (formerly Fort George Park) before noon in time for the Centennial Canoe Race finish and BBQ. Please bring a morning snack, water to drink, clothing appropriate for the weather, and of course a camera. The Gunn Trail has some steep and rugged sections, so wear appropriate and comfortable walking shoes. Participants must sign a liability waiver, and anyone below the age of 19 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants will receive a commemorative gift while supplies last. Please meet at 8:15 a.m. in front of the bandstand at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park.

2. Go Wild! BCWF Youth for Conservation Camp, July 20 to 24
BC Wildlife Federation is running a leadership youth camp in Prince George from July 20 to 24. Youth aged 13 to 17 are invited to attend. There’s no charge for this event. Members of the Prince George Naturalists Club are assisting with the event which includes learning about wetlands and how to care for them.
The camp is a wonderful way to get young people involved in nature and the outdoors. For more information see the poster at:

3. Bird Banding Volunteers Needed
Mackenzie Nature Observatory is looking for volunteers for the fall banding season at Mugaha Marsh.  The station runs from July 19 to September 23. To date, we have volunteers just for August 25 – Aug 31 and September 1 – 5. If you are interested in helping please let us know the times you would like to come and your experience with birding or banding: contact Vi or David Lambie at


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