PG Naturalists Club Event and Notes, 20 August 2015


Invasive Plants Cleanup at Hudson’s Bay Wetland, Saturday August 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Club members and supporters are invited to the Hudson’s Bay Wetland on Saturday August 22, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to cut  flowers and seed heads off common tansy and Canada thistle. It’s a last chance this season to keep seeds from spreading down into the channel waterway. The work is supported by the Northwest Invasive Plant Council.
We will meet at the new observation deck and trail on the north side of the channel east of Queensway at 9 a.m. Parking is available at the ballpark on 20th Avenue near the Museum. Watch for the Club’s sandwich board and follow the flagging down to the work area.
The work is suitable for adults and older teens. Long pants, long-sleeved shirts and sturdy footwear are recommended, to protect from thistle scratches and insects. Please bring your own hand tool for cutting flower and seed heads, heavy duty work gloves and a personal water bottle. Garbage bags will be provided. A limited number of heavy duty work gloves may be available.
For more information, contact Anne at pgnaturalists@hotmail.ca.
Club Updates1. More Progress on the Wetland Project
A path has now been added on the north side of the channel, heading along past the second observation deck. This will be further improved with a universal-access ramp when funding has been gained. Meanwhile, work is underway on building the third deck, which will be located on the north side of the lake, and will be elevated to give an overview of the whole lake.

2. Paypal Added to the Website
Take a look at our website at https://pgnc.wordpress.com/membership/ and you’ll see that there are now Paypal buttons, allowing  memberships to be paid online.

3. City Naturalist Signs
The Club has prepared about a dozen signs so far for the City’s new signage program: they cover a wide naturalist range, from cottonwood trees to thatching ants. The signs should start appearing on local walks during the fall.

4.  Galapagos!
A group of 19 Prince Georgians has just returned from the Galapagos Islands — paradise for any naturalist. Expect a Club presentation on the trip at a future date. Below: one of the hundreds of marine iguanas spotted during the trip.

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Notes 
1. Moose Disappearance
Action over declining moose populations has been hampered by a lack of data. You can help with some citizen science by reporting moose sightings through http://www.mymoose.ca/ .
2. BC Field Ornithologists Photographic Essay
Nearly all the photographs in the latest “Featured Photographer” of the BC Field Ornithologists were taken in and around Prince George. See http://bcfo.ca/clive-keen/
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