PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, sent 8 January, 2017

Club Events

  1. Wednesday Walkers, 11 January — Cancelled 

It will be minus 25 on Wednesday, so a day indoors seems a better idea than a nature walk.

  1. Annual Swan and Eagle Count, 9:00 – 3:00, Sunday, 15 January
    It will be much warmer next Sunday, but since the count is largely carried out by car, and walks are fairly short, this event always goes ahead whatever the temperature. 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 or phone at 250-963-8381.
  1. Presentation by Doug Heard on the Caribou Recovery Program, 7:00 pm, Thursday, 19 January, The Exploration Place
    Doug will be giving an update. Members that visited Kennedy siding on November 19 will fully appreciate the value of the Caribou Recovery Program.


  1. Christmas Bird Count

PG: A small army headed off from Cathy Antoniazzi’s place on Sunday, December 18, and by day’s end had tallied 10,836 birds in 48 species. There was an all-time high for Bald Eagles — 95, and other raptors included a Northern Goshawk, a Red-tailed Hawk, seven Rough-legged Hawks, and three Merlins. Eurasian Collared-Doves continue to increase in numbers, as do American Goldfinches. It was definitely not a finch year, though: no doubt food is abundant still in the forests. The full report is here.

   Note that next year will be PG’s 50th Christmas Bird count, so something special will be arranged.

Quesnel: PGNC members again took an active part in the Quesnel bird count, at which 47 species were spotted. For the first time, a Spotted Towhee was found at the count, and other highlights included a Golden Eagle, two Northern Pygmy Owls, five Sharp-tailed Grouse, and a Three-toed Woodpecker.

  1. Memberships

The club now has 89 memberships, some of which are family memberships. The executive has had a target of raising memberships to 100, as this would guarantee the long-term health of the club. If you know anyone that should be a member but isn’t, invite them to a meeting, or point them to our website at You can also renew memberships — it’s that time of year — on that website using Paypal.

Clive Keen


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