Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 8 February 2016


Club Events

  1. Presentation, Thursday 18 February, 7 p.m. at The Exploration Place

Be prepared for an exciting presentation on the use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) in northern landscapes, along with discussion on the pros and cons of this new technology as it relates to the natural world. More details to come.

  1. Seedy Saturday, Saturday 20 February, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Exploration Place

The Prince George Naturalists Club will have an information table devoted to bird-friendly seeds and plants, along with information on the Club’s activities and a chance to renew memberships. If you would like to help out at the table for an hour or two, please reply to this email. See below for more details on Seedy Saturday.

Other Events and Notes

  1. Wanted: Bobcat and Lynx photos

A bobcat/lynx MSc study is currently under way at the University of BC Okanagan, in partnership with BC’s Ministry of Environment. Researchers are seeking photos of bobcats and lynx captured by trail cameras, or conventional cameras, from all corners of the province and from all time periods to help determine the current provincial distribution of each species. Please email photos to TJ Gooliaff at tj.gooliaff@ubc.ca

The photos do not have to be great photography – they just have to show a bobcat or a lynx, or even just a part of one. Photos can be blurry or dark and don’t even have to clearly show which cat species is present. When sending photos, please include both the date and location of each photo. Location should be as specific as possible: most preferred is UTM or LAT/LONG coordinates. If that information is not available, then please provide the name of the nearest road or landmark (including distance and direction from road or landmark), or nearest town (including distance and direction from town), or watershed or Management Unit.

Photos will be used for data only (which species was where when) and will not influence management decisions regarding hunting/trapping bag limits or season dates. Photos will not be published or shared with anyone without permission, and photographers will retain ownership of their photos. The results of this study will be gladly shared with all those who are interested. Feel free to email any questions or comments that you may have about this project to either TJ Gooliaff at tj.gooliaff@ubc.ca or Dr. Karen Hodges at Karen.Hodges@ubc.ca

  1. Ethnobotany Presentation, Friday 19 February, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at UNBC Room 7-212

“A Mutual Love of Plants: Collaborative Community-based Research in Ethnobotany in British Columbia”. NRESi Colloquium presenter is Dr. Nancy Turner, Distinguished Professor and Hakai Professor in Ethnoecology, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria and a UNBC Honorary Degree recipient.

  1. Seedy Saturday, Saturday 20 February, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Exploration Place

Enjoy displays, seed packages, seed sales and gardening information including a session at 11 a.m. of interest to all naturalists: “Bugs: Why we need ‘em and how to keep ‘em”.

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  1. Travelling World Community Film Festival, March 10 to 17, various locations in Prince George

This is an annual festival created by the World Community in Comox/Courtenay, brought to Prince George each year by various local non profit organizations. Watch for more details to come.

  1. Jasper National Park Annual Public Forum, Wednesday 16 March, 7 to 9 p.m.

Parks Canada is holding Jasper National Park’s Annual Public Forum. At the Forum, Parks Canada reports back to the public about the implementation of the Jasper National Park Management Plan. This open house event includes presentations and Q & A sessions with park staff, informative booths, and refreshments. We will send you a formal invitation in February, but please save the date and join us: Wednesday, March 16, 2016, Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre, Jasper, Alberta. For more information contact jasper.superintendent@pc.gc.ca

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