PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 12 March 2017

Club Events
Club AGM and Gadgets/Members Night, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., 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.) If you are considering letting your name stand, here is some helpful info about the role of director:
    • We hold 90-minute Executive meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at the Spruce City Wildlife Fish Hatchery on River Road. 
    • Email access is essential as all communication is by email.
  • 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. Please email Shanelle at if you have something to share. You can bring it to the meeting on a USB drive for use on an available laptop. Or you can use your own laptop if it has an HDMI port to connect to the big-screen TV.


1. Travelling World Community Film Festival, 

The Festival continues March 12 through 15. The full schedule is here:  2017 Travelling World Community Film Festival.  For film descriptions see or

     7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, ArtSpace above Books & Co. 1685 Third Avenue
     The Prince George Naturalists 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 m
The poster is attached. Feel free to share. 

Travelling Film Festival 2017 03 15

2. Adult Speaker Series, 7 p.m. Monday March 13, The Exploration Place.
Changing Climate, Changing Landscapes in Northern BC: Perspectives from the Ground. This presentation will use field-based observations to assess the rapidly changing climate of northern BC and impacts to land, snow and water. There will also be a discussion on the impacts of human activities on northern BC’s landscapes and their interactions with climate change.

About the speaker: Dr. Stephen Dery is an internationally recognized climate scientist. He joined UNBC as a Canada Research Chair in Northern Hydrometeorology and his research focuses on many aspects of snow and ice, including the influence of forestry and forest clearance on snow cover, snow melt, hydrology and micro-meteorology and the impact of local conditions and large-scale forcing on river discharge in BC and the Arctic.
No charge for admission. Cash bar with beer and wine available. Note that the Galleries will be closed.
3. Life Aquatic exhibition by Erich Franz, Two Rivers Gallery, March 9 to April 23, 2017
Life Aquatic is an exhibition of drawings that honour the meditative act of fly-fishing and tying. Erich Franz is a dedicated Spruce City Wildlife Association volunteer. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free admission on Thursdays. 
4. Douglas-Fir Beetle: A Threat to Local Forests and Homeowner Trees
The Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources has produced a two-page leaflet with information for home-owners about the beetle’s life cycle and recommendations for prevention or remedial measures. The PDF can be found at::
5. PGNC Facebook 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.

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