PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 20 December 2015

Club Events

  1. Club Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, December 20
    If you are wondering about taking part in this weekend’s Count, bear in mind that the main activity is an all-day commitment, concluding with a potluck tally-up in the early evening. You can also take part, though, by keeping a count of the birds on your feeder, as long as you live within a 15 kilometre radius of the centre of town. Contact Cathy Antoniazzi – or 250-562-2845 – for more info.
  1. Annual Club Swan and Eagle Count, 9:00 – 3:00, Sunday,
    Spruceland shopping centre sign on top with save on foods sign on bottom

    Meeting Place

    17 January
    Meet at 9:00 am under the central green Spruceland Shopping Centre sign. Bring lunch and snowshoes. Dress warmly.  For more info, email or phone at 250-963-8381.

  1. Presentation:  7:00 pm, Thursday, 21 January at The Exploration Place
    Alex Koiter, a Professional Agrologist and UNBC PhD candidate, will give a presentation on his work: more details to follow.
  1. Bird Skin Preparation Workshop by Ken Otter, morning, Saturday 23 January, UNBC
    Ken will show how bird specimens brought in by members are prepared for teaching purposes, and give a tour of the bird and mammal collection accumulated over the years.  Details on where to meet TBA.
  1. Snowshoe Trip to Livingstone Springs
    The date is being worked on – more details next time.


  1. Quesnel Chrismas Bird Count, January 3
    Prince George birders are a crucial part of this event — in their absence last year because of snow, the Quesnel count nearly ground to a halt. If you can help, contact Adrian Leather at he’ll be delighted to hear from you.
  1. Porcupine Survey
    Porcupines appear to have been in real decline over recent years. You can help to get a handle on this by completing a brief survey by Thomson Rivers University  – see
  1. Exploring Prince George / Outdoor Safety & Survival – Christmas offer
    Mike Nash is offering a special Christmas discount for Club members on his books. See for details.
  1. Ever Wondered Why Crows Hold Funerals?
    There are some answers at 

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