PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 14 August 2016


Club Events
The Wednesday Walkers
  • Wednesday, August 24: Hillside trail through the woods from the south end of Foothills Blvd to the University Way bridge over Shane Creek.
  • Wednesday, September 14: Anne Allgaier will lead the walkers on some of her favourite trails along the fields and through the woods off Peardon Road on Cranbrook Hill.
As always, meet under the Spruceland sign for car pooling and the usual waiver-signing, in time for a prompt 9:30 a.m. departure. Walks finish at around noon. Natural history guide books, binoculars and cameras will be useful. For more details about the twice-monthly Wednesday Walkers trips, go to: https://pgnc.wordpress.com/trips/
Club Notes
 
1. Deadline Looming for Early-bird Registration to BC Nature FGM
Don’t forget to register before August 19 for the General Meeting hosted by our Club, as late registration will cost more. Check out the website for details — http://www.pgfgm2016.ca — and spread the word.
2. More Wetland Enhancements
The City of Prince George has been working on several improvements around the Wetland. In conjunction with the Club, a memorial bench, commemorating the Val Goodwin family, has been added at the edge of the ponded area off Queensway (other elements funded by the Val Goodwin bequest will follow). New signs have been added in the small parking lot, and both picnic benches will be replaced in the next few weeks. Finally, those old, much-graffiti’d, metal signs will shortly be removed.
3. NatureKids Seeking Volunteers
NatureKids (www.naturekidsbc.ca) is currently recruiting for two volunteer co-leaders for the Prince George Family Club. The co-leaders help organize monthly ‘Explorer Day’ field trips, to help children have fun, connect with, and learn about nature. Contact Tammy Keetch, Clubs Coordinator at coordinator@naturekidsbc.ca. References are required.
Trips Report
 
July 27 Wednesday Walkers 
Six keen naturalists set out on the inaugural Wednesday Walkers’ “expotition” to examine the flora, birds and insects of the shady, west side of the McMillan Creek Park trails. It is berry time for many shrubs with, among others, the blueberries, black twinberry, red-osier dogwood and soopolallie all fruiting. The mossy forest floor is home to Indian-pipe, wintergreens, twinflower, single delight and several species of ferns. Feathery seed clusters of blue clematis twined through shrubbery.  The Hooker’s fairybells presented us with a challenge as we strained to see the definitive tiny, forward-pointing hairs on the leaf margins confirmed by Bob Steventon’s photo. 
Hooker's Fairybell
The Pungent Lagoons, Sunday, August 7
The weather, the aroma and the shorebirds were at their most co-operative for this trip, and a sizeable group of club members had a particularly rewarding visit. 37 bird species were spotted (see http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31008231) including 14 species of shorebird. Bob Steventon’s shots can be seen at:  https://flic.kr/s/aHskBxsXhH.
Below is one of the many stars of the show: a Wilson’s Phalarope acting, unusually, like a normal sandpiper. Fifteen Red-necked Phalaropes were in another lagoon acting the way Phalaropes usually do — swimming in demented circles.
wiph
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