PGNC Events and Notes, sent 17 January 2017


Club Events

1. Presentation by Doug Heard on the Caribou Recovery Program, 7:00 pm, this Thursday, 19 January, The Exploration Place
Doug will be giving an update on this high-profile program, close the heart of many PGNC members. For those also wondering about the moose situation, Doug asks that we wait for a separate, more detailed, club presentation on April 20 by his colleagues Michael Klaczek and Shelley Marshall.
2. Wednesday Walkers. February 8
The group will try again for a winter exploration of Wilson Park. We’ll be hoping for milder winter temperatures for the 8th and fresh snow on the 6th with lots of critter tracks made on the 7th.  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.
Club Notes

1. Swan and Eagle Count Results
Sunday (January 15) was a lovely day for sweagling. At the Crooked River, the group saw thirty Trumpeter Swans, six of which were immature birds. Three otters, numerous Common Goldeneyes, and some American Dippers added to the interest. For anyone wondering where all the Pine Grosbeaks are: they were everywhere on this trip, but in small groups.
This trip is no longer the best for eagle counting, as the Foothills dump now provides the main attraction for the charismatic raptors. Just two adult bald eagles and one immature were seen along the highway and over the river.
2. Speedee Printers Club Display
Be sure to see the Club’s display currently in the window of Speedee Printers in downtown Prince George. The theme is “Through the Naturalist’s Eye.” Many thanks to the dozen club members who provided items for the display, which runs through to the end of the month.
3. Membership 2017 cards
You can pick up your 2017 membership cards at this Thursday’s  meeting – remember that the cards are very useful for such things as 10% discounts on bird seed at Spruce Capital Feeds. You can also renew your membership (or join for the first time) at this event, or through Paypal at https://pgnc.wordpress.com/membership/. Remember that membership ($25 single, $40 family, $15 student) also brings you  membership of BC Nature and receipt of its excellent quarterly magazine.
4. Facebook
If you are now receiving this message on Facebook: you are now one of a rather amazing 345 people doing so.
5. CBC Almanac
The club made its presence felt on CBC’s Almanac last Friday. You can hear the discussion of birds in winter at http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/bcalmanac_20170113_29644.mp3
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