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PGNC Events and Notes, 6 April 2016


PGNC Events and Notes, 6 April 2016
Club Events
 
1. Special Presentation by Ron Long on Pink Mountain, 7:30 pm, Wednesday, 13 April, Spruce City Wildlife Association, 1384 River Road.
Ron Long has been working for the last five years with the UBC Botanical Garden on a biodiversity study on Pink Mountain, which has proven to be unique in the province for rare species and its very high degree of biodiversity. Pink Mountain, 180 km north-west of Fort St John, is not simply a butterfly hotspot for all of Canada – there’s a great deal more to it, as Ron will explain.
Ron is visiting Prince George from Port Moody. He is a past president of the Native Plant Society of BC and is active with Nature Vancouver.
       Note that the usual monthly Executive meeting is being brought forward to 6:00 pm to allow for this open presentation.
2. Field trip: Spring Owling, 7:30 – 9:30 pm, Saturday, April 16
Early spring is the best time of year to hear the hooting of owls, and Jack Bowling will be leading a trip to some of the most promising local haunts. Meet at the usual spot under the large Spruceland Shopping Centre sign for a 7:30 pm departure and dress for the night weather.
3. Presentation by John Neville, 7:00 pm Thursday, April 21, The Exploration Place
Many will know John Neville, the Immediate Past President of BC Nature and longtime nature-sound recordist – see http://nevillerecording.com. John will be talking on The Birds of the Boreal Forest.
4. Presentation by Dave Leman, 7:00 pm, Thursday, May 19, The Exploration Place
Local environmental planner and educator Dave Leman will speak on conservation in Africa. Dave has been to Africa seven times, for up to a year at a time, and in August will be co-leading a two-week trip to Tanzania, focussing on the regional biodiversity and ecology, wildlife conservation, and natural resource management issues.
Club Notes
1. Long-billed Curlews – Field Trip?
The Curlews have just started arriving, and might be putting on a good show in the next week or two. If you are interested in a field trip to see them, email Clive at clive_keen@hotmail.com.
2. BC Nature AGM in Comox
The BC Nature AGM is being held in Comox on May 12-15. If any PGNC members are planning to attend, please let the Executive know at pgnaturalists@hotmail.ca.
3. Wetland Cleanup and Planting Party
Details of this year’s Hudson’s Bay Wetland cleanup, and a planning party, are currently being worked on. More next time.
Other Events

1. Choosing Non-Invasive Plants for Northern Gardens –  6:00 – 9:00 pm, Tuesday, April 12, 2016, City Hall Annex Room
This Northern PlantWise information session aims to increase awareness of the invasive plant issue in ornamental horticulture. The evening will include a presentation series and educational expo with an overview of Grow-Me-Instead and the PlantWise Provincial Program. Refreshments will be served and admission is free. RSVP (space is limited) to: events@reaps.org or 250-561-7327.
2.  Canadian Home Builders’ Northern BC Home & Garden Show, April 22 – 24, 2016
The Club’s Hudson’s Bay Wetland Project is to receive the proceeds of the silent birdhouse auction. Take a good look, and perhaps put in a bid, before the auction closes at 3pm, Sunday April 24. Details at  Home & Garden Show
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