PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, sent 12 December 2016


Club Events
1. Wednesday Walkers, 14 December — Cancelled 
Since the doughty Caledonia Ramblers are cancelling trips owing to the cold snap, we don’t feel too bad about cancelling this one.
2. Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, 18 December, all day event
The usual throng of birders will be leaving Cathy Antoniazzi’s house at daybreak for a full day of counting followed by an evening potluck. If you are wondering about taking part, Cathy can be contacted at canton1@telus.net or 250-562-2845. You can also take part by keeping a count of the birds on your feeder, as long as you live within a 15-kilometre radius of the centre of town.
3. Annual Swan and Eagle Count, 9:00 – 3:00, Sunday, 15 January
Meet for a 9:00 am departure under the central green Spruceland Shopping Centre sign for car pooling and waiver signing. Bring lunch and snowshoes, and keep on eye on weather forecasts so you can dress appropriately. For more info, email sjkinsey@direct.ca or phone at 250-963-8381.
 
4. Presentation by Doug Heard on the Caribou Recovery Program, 7:00 pm, Thursday, 19 January, The Exploration Place.
Doug’s talk at the BC Nature Fall General Meeting was so well received we asked him to repeat it at our next Third Thursday event. Note that we do not hold Third Thursdays in December, given the seasonal pandemonium.
Notes
 
1. Quesnel Christmas Bird Count, 2 January
Prince George birders are a crucial part of this event. If you can help, contact Adrian Leather at 250-249-5561 or q-birds@xplornet.com. He’ll be delighted to hear from you. You can also find out about other CBCs in the province by heading to https://bcfo.ca/# . Three PGNC members are even taking part in the Soda Creek CBC on December 15.
 
2. Geminid Shower!
The Geminid meteor shower peaks tomorrow (Tuesday), with a forecast of up to 120 per hour. Though you will be able to see meteors over the entire sky, they radiate from the Gemini constellation, which rises over the northeast horizon at 6:00pm. The display is best, though, after midnight. There should be clear skies, but it will be cold, so take care.
3. Christmas signed book offer for club members
  • Outdoor Safety & Survival by Mike Nash; Rocky Mountain Books, 2012: $25 (retail value $31.45)
  • Exploring Prince George – A Guide to North Central BC Outdoors, by Mike Nash; Rocky Mountain Books, 2007: $20 (retail value $26.20)
Mike only has a few copies left and this is the last year he will be doing this, so if you would like one for yourself or for a gift call him at 250-962-2453.
Event Report
 
Wednesday Walkers from the Pidherny Hills, November 23, 2016 
It is the season that has no name, that time between leaf fall and snowfall. It is that pause for chickadees, nuthatches and squirrels to stow away food for the winter to come; the time when the forest floor is no longer in the shade of birches, Douglas maple, alders, Devil’s club, Thimble berry or even Fairy bells and False Solomon’s seal. It is the season of all those small evergreens, their vivid green stopping us in our tracks, demanding our attention. It was such a day for those of us walking in the Pidherny Hills. The Stiff clubmoss with its spore cone held high to catch the breezes no longer impeded by the canopy, the green and yellow mosses, dwarf scouring-rush bent on taking over a hillside, Prince’s pine holding aloft its seed head, Twinflower scrambling over the ground still bearing its dried, y-shaped stalk, the Oregon-grape looking to outshine the sun, and so many lichens; all were there to delight kindred spirits happy to be out on such a day.  —  Dora Hunter
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