Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 17 February 2016


Club Events

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

John Rankin and Christina Tennant of J.R. Canadian Mapping Ltd. will discuss two types of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and their outstanding ability to gather data for accurate mapping. UAVs are used professionally to enhance mapping projects for a variety of industrial and non-industrial uses. John and Christina will discuss how the products derived from UAV data are helpful for environmental and municipal planning, as well as for the forestry, mining and energy industries. Why is this important or relevant for naturalists? Bring your questions and be prepared to share the answers!

  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 a display table devoted to bird-friendly seeds and plants, along with information on the Club’s activities and a chance to renew memberships or become a new member.

  1. Annual General Meeting and Presentation Night, Thursday 17 March, 7 p.m. at The Exploration Place

Will some glaciers become extinct by the end of this century? Find out the answer to this and other significant questions about glaciers at the Club’s AGM on March 17. Dr. Brian Menounos, Associate Professor in the Geography Program at UNBC and Canada Research Chair in Glacier Change, will be the guest speaker. More information to come closer to the date.

Other Events and Notes

  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.

After the presentation, come and enjoy the company of other botany-lovers at UNBC’s Thirsty Moose Pub:

2. Caledonia Ramblers Slide Show, Friday 19 February, 7 p.m. at Art Space

Late breaking news from the Ramblers for those who missed the Galapagos presentation to the PGNC: Clive Keen from the Prince George Naturalists Club will do a slide show presentation from his trip last year to the Galapagos Islands. A group of nineteen Prince Georgians travelled to the  Galapagos Islands in the Summer of 2015. “The nearest thing to the Garden of Eden” was the reaction of one of the travellers. Should the magical islands be on your bucket list? This talk will give you the answer. Everyone welcome.

  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”.

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

This annual festival is created by the World Community in Comox/Courtenay, brought to Prince George each year by various local non-profit organizations. $30 Festival pass available at the door and at Books & Company. 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. Parks Canada will send you a formal invitation in February, but please save the date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016, Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre, Jasper, Alberta. For more information contact

  1. Nature Canada is about to launch a national three-year campaign for Cats and Birds.  The official launch date is February 29th.  The goals are to save the lives of more birds (conservation) and improve cat welfare through education, advocacy, and a number of special events.
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