PGNC Events and Notes, 15 April 2016

Club Events
1. 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.
2. Field Trip to Wilkins Regional Park, Monday, April 18, 8:00 am start
Heather Meier will be leading a leisurely 3 km birding/nature stroll starting at the Wilkins main gate (which will be locked). Trails are in great condition.  Everyone welcome but no dogs please.
Meet at Spruceland mall under the usual Spruceland/Save on Foods sign at 8:00 am. Carpooling will depart at 8:15 am.  Trip will conclude by noon.  Please contact Heather at if you have any questions.   
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 John will be talking on The Birds of the Boreal Forest. 
4. Hudson’s Bay Wetland Cleanup, Sunday April 24,  10 a.m. to 2 p.m
This year we will work around the west end of the Wetland  and along the waterway that runs through Milburn and Strathcona Parks before flowing into the Wetland. We are combining forces with volunteers from the Prince George VLA Enhancement Association who did so much last year to get large garbage items out of the waterway (See the Hudson’s Bay Wetland Facebook Group photos posted on June 14, 2015). We will also pick up the small amounts of litter that have accumulated since last year on the Park trails east and west of Queensway.  Meet at the community Green Space at 2307 Oak Street. There’s lots of on-street parking. Bags and gloves are provided. Coffee and donuts are available for those arriving at 10 a.m! Please consider bringing:
  1. Your own gloves (especially if you have very large or small hands)
  2. Wheelbarrows and similar tools
  3. Reusable coffee cup and/or a water bottle to save on paper waste
5. Hudson’s Bay Wetland Rehabilitation, Sunday May 8, 12 noon to 4 p.m
We realize this is Mother’s Day but we had to advance the planting day by a month as June is likely to be too dry. In addition to planting native plants, we will be removing invasives such as common tansy that may be intruding on the planting area.  Our informal theme: “Pull a weed and plant a native plant for Mom!”  More information to come closer to the date.
6. 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.
Other Events
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.



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