PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 7 February, 2017

Club Events
1. Wednesday Walkers, 8 February
Ignoring the cold and the wind chill, the walkers are heading to Wilson Park on the riverfront, checking for lots of critter tracks. As always, meet under the large 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.

Update: Three club members walked in Wilson Park this morning, enjoying the sunshine and the sound of the Nechako River rushing through the ice. It was cold but worth it.

2. Presentation by Carolyn Ibis, 7:00 pm, Thursday, 16 February, The Exploration Place
Carolyn will speak on her solo adventures in Peru and Bolivia through a range of ecosystems including mountains, jungle, salt flats and the Altiplano. Highlights include the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Salar Uyuni, and a bicycle ride down Death Road.
Additional Info: This is a good time to renew memberships or join the Naturalists Club. Come and meet others, and enjoy coffee or tea courtesy of The Exploration Place.
Club Notes

1. Grand Canyon of the Fraser River
Mike Nash has added a photo record of last Sunday’s snowshoe trip to this historically important section of the river. See .
2. Watson Slough
There is, understandably, considerable concern from naturalists at the forthcoming loss of Watson Slough, as a result of Site C development. A delay is being requested. See
3. History of the Hudson’s Bay Wetland
Photographs and other material related to the history of the wetland have been unearthed by the Spruce City Wildlife Association folks. If you are interested in exploring these on behalf of the club, let us know by return email.
4. 2018 International Ornithological Congress
The City of Vancouver has produced a rather nice two-minute video to welcome delegates to the Congress: see This is the world’s biggest birding event, and like the Olympics is held in different locations once every four years. A lot of PGNC people will be involved in the organization, via the BCFO and other groups. You can see what is going on at can follow updates by liking the IOC Facebook page.
Other Events of Interest to PGNC Members
1. Friday, Feb 10, 3:30, Canfor Theatre, UNBC
Dr Matt Reudinc will give a talk entitled Tracking Songbird Movements across the Landscape.
2. Summit Lake Snowshoe Day, Saturday Feb 11
Head to the hall on Adams Rd for 1.30 pm registration. Details from or 250 965-7715.

3. SkeenaWild Film Fest, February 24, 7:00 pm, Weldwood Theatre, UNBC
The TWS UNBC Fish and Wildlife Student Chapter and Sea to Sands Conservation are showing films showcasing kayaking, fishing, snowboarding, and the conservation and management of BC’s natural resources. Tickets are $10 with all proceeds going to the SkeenaWild Conservation Trust.
4. 20th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count, February 17-20, 2017
You can participate by counting birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more of the count days and reporting your sightings online. See for details.

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