PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 27 February 2017


Club Events
1. Wednesday Walkers, March 8
The Walkers will explore the trails on the sunny north slope of Moore’s Meadow, which will be accessed from 1st Avenue to avoid the steeper hills off Foothills Blvd. As always, meet under the large Spruceland sign for car pooling and waiver-signing, in time for a prompt 9:30 a.m. departure. Walks finish around noon. Natural history guide books, binoculars and cameras are useful.
 
2. Club AGM and Gadgets/Members Night, 6:30 / 7:00 pm, Thursday,  March 16, Exploration Place
  • 6:30: New memberships and membership renewal – annual membership is still just $25 single, $40 family, $15 student.
  • 7:00: AGM, including election of directors. (There are at least three vacancies, so nominations are very welcome.)
  • 7:45: Gadgets/Members night. Be prepared to share if you’ve caught something interesting on your trail cam or other technology, have an unusual photograph, or a naturalist experience worth recounting.
A poster is attached. Feel free to share.
small_agmposter
3. Presentation and Open Floor on Edible Plants, 7:00 pm, Thursday, April 20, Exploration Place
Elena Thomas will give a presentation on local edible plants, including mushrooms, followed by an open floor for people to share their plant lists, edibles list, recipes, and personal expertise.
4. Update on the Status of Moose, 7:00 pm, Thursday, May 18, Exploration Place
Mike Klaczek and senior biologist Shelley Marshall will give an update on the status of the moose population. More details will be given nearer the event.
Club Notes

1. Travelling World Community Film Festival, Wednesday, March 15, Artspace
The Club is sponsoring the films on the final night of this festival. They are:
  • 7:00 p.m. Keepers of the Coast – 38 min
  • 7:45 p.m. Sonic Sea – 61 min
  • 8:50 p.m. Planetary – 53 min
2.  Awards!
  • Willa Crowley (aged 12) of Fort St James, nominated by PGNC members, has received a Young Birders Award from the BCFO ¬ see http://bcfo.ca  for the details. If you go to that page and scroll down, you’ll also see that Bob Steventon provided the front cover photograph for the BCFO’s latest news magazine.
  • Bob Steventon was also an award winner, this time for the American Marten photograph below, which was a Judge’s Pick for photographs submitted to Project Feederwatch. Seehttp://feederwatch.org/birdspotter2016/#58240  .
american-marten
3. PGNC Discussion Group
All readers are invited to join the Prince George Naturalists Club Discussion Group on Facebook. It’s a good place to share information of interest to naturalists. If you’d like to join, head into Facebook and enter “Prince George Naturalists Club Discussion” – note that it’s a separate address from the more usual Prince George Naturalists Club Facebook page.
4. Bats – White Nose Syndrome
The Province, in partnership with the BC Community Bat Program, the caving community and other concerned groups, is asking us to be on the lookout for dead or sick bats that may have contracted the invasive fungal disease WNS. This could include seeing bats flying during the day, or finding dead or dying bats. The link to government news release with full information is at https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017ENV0013-000301 .
Other Events 

Presentation on Conservation, Friday, March 3, UNBC Canfor Theatre, 3:30-4:30
This Friday’s NRESi colloquium features Dr Jim Pojar, who will be talking about Conservation in the Anthropocene.

 

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