PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 22 July 2015


Club Events

1. Fundraising Berry Pick, Tuesday July 28, 8 a.m.

The Naturalists Club will continue fundraising by picking berries at Sweder Berries U-Pick on Tuesday morning, July 28. The berries are for the new winery in town. The Club will be receiving a percentage of the income from the berries. Wear clothes and footwear you don’t care about, and don’t forget a hat, water and snack. For those wishing to carpool, meet under the green Spruceland Shopping Centre sign for an 8:00 am departure.  For more info contact Sandra K at sjkinsey@direct.ca or phone 250-963-8381.

PG Naturalists are also invited to come and pick raspberries individually until about July 30. When you arrive, just let Karen know that you are there for the Naturalists. There’s a number of different varieties of raspberries. You can’t pick in the rain, but in between rain showers is fine. And the birds are moving around constantly. This is an opportunity for the local community to support local business, to source our foods locally and to network.

Thank you to those who have gone down to pick saskatoons and raspberries. We have picked 92 lbs of berries so far.

For directions and more information on Sweder Berries U-Pick, visit their website http://swederberries.farmvisit.com/ or on Facebook: Sweder Berries U-Pick Farm. Regular hours are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closed Wednesday and Sunday.

 2. Youth in Action at the Hudson’s Bay Wetland

The BC Wildlife Federation is holding two camps for young people all this week in Prince George. The camps include a variety of conservation and outdoor activities. On Tuesday morning, two dozen youngsters aged 9 to 12 pulled invasive toadflax from the area adjacent to the new trail and deck on the south side of the Channel. The kids’ energy and enthusiasm were contagious. On Friday, 25 youth aged 13 to 17 will spend the morning at the Wetland, engaging in a pond study and pulling invasive Canada thistle and common tansy. Three Club volunteers are assisting with arrangements for the Wetland field trips. The youth camps will hopefully inspire a new generation of naturalists!

3. Bird-banding Station

The Mugaha Marsh banding station opened on July 19, and will be continuing to work until September 23. Club members have been volunteering or making trips individually. If you are interested in a group trip – bear in mind that this involves leaving Prince George  at around dawn – let us know by return email. For information on the station – more volunteers are particularly welcome – head to http://www.mackenzienatureobservatory.ca.

Related Events

1. Protection for the Ancient Forest

BC has taken the first steps to protect the Ancient Forest. Representatives from the province, Lheidli T’enneh First Nation and Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Club gathered recently at the Wood Innovation and Design Centre to sign an agreement formalizing their intent to work together on the next phase of what’s required to give the Ancient Forest an official designation. See more at: http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/ancient-forest-closer-to-becoming-official-park-1.2005083

Congratulations to the Ramblers led by President Nowell Senior for all the work they are doing to bring this unique area to the world’s attention.

2. Whitebark Pine Management and Recovery Workshop, Dunster, July 29 and 30

Whitebark Pine is an endangered species and our region is pretty much at the northern limits of its current interior population range. There are small populations of whitebarks found in Robson Park, Kakwa Park, near Fort St James and more locally in the Dezaiko Range and at Fang Mountain in the bowl above the caves.

This will be an interesting time to hear about conservation and recovery plans in our neck of the woods. There are likely to be Clark’s Nutcrackers around too! The website for the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation of Canada is  http://www.whitebarkpine.ca/ and the Link for the McBride (Dunster) meeting is  http://www.whitebarkpine.ca/mcbride-2015.html.

Trip Report

Note: members are encouraged to send in notes following any of the club’s trips.

Botanizing Walk to Livingston Springs, Sunday, July 19

Thank you, Sandra H. for leading the walk to one of our area’s most pleasant natural history sites, Livingston Springs. Hiking almost a year to the day from our hike last year, we saw most of the same species, but, most satisfying, became more comfortable in identifying a number of species. For me, to find several Round-leaved rein-orchids, many Dwarf rattlesnake-plantain and four or was it five Alaska rein-orchids (referred to by one wag as “a long, thin, green nothing) was a treat. That left some interesting ferns to be sussed out another day. Perhaps most charming was mom redstart feeding her fluttery-winged fledgling.  It was a bit of a hot slog back to the parking lot, but we made it, and I know all participants had a great time.  – Dora Hunter

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