PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 6 April, 2017


1. Wednesday Walkers

  • April 12: The mosses are a brilliant green, the buds are swelling and the ants are already sunning themselves on their patios on the sunny south-facing slope in Moore’s Meadow. By April 12 when the Wednesday Walkers visit the park perhaps the last of the ice will be gone, but just in case it lingers, pack your grippers for this outing. The slopes will be gradual for this walk that will start through the evergreens at the top of the ridge and then make its way down to the more open path along the bottom of the ridge. That’s where we are bound to see the early thrushes and perhaps a Yellow-rumped Warbler.
  • April 26: The Walkers will visit the trails tucked between the Pittman aggregate operations, Foothills Blvd and the Nechako River. Negotiations between the City and Pittman may lead to this 40-acre site becoming a city park. The trails are relatively flat walking, woodsy, and with one bordering the Nechako River.

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.
2. 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.

3. Film: Toad People, 7:00 pm, Tuesday, April 18, UNBC Weldwood Theatre (7-238)
The Club is co-hosting with The Wilderness Committee this film about the struggle to save BC species at risk.  “Toad People” is a 75-minute inspiring new documentary produced by the Wilderness Committee about people in communities across British Columbia who are taking action to save the wildlife in their backyards. A short 10-minute film will be shown first: Their Land: Last of the Caribou Herd. Admission by donation (suggested: $10).
Club Notes

1. Spring has Seriously Sprung
Larry Joseph counted 1,500 Trumpeter Swans at Riverside Park in Vanderhoof; fifteen curlews are already at Walrath Road; Canada Geese, gulls and robins are everywhere; six long-toed salamanders were seen crossing the Greenway trail; there are reports of Sandhill Cranes and sapsuckers  – and if you head to the Club’s new observation decks around the ponded area of the Hudson’s Bay Wetland you’ll see a mass of returning ducks. While the Trumpeters were by far the week’s most impressive sight, Cathy Antoniazzi came a good second with this superb sighting of a Lynx near Buckhorn Lake.
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2. Volunteering at Mugaha Marsh
The Mackenzie Nature Observatory is looking for volunteers for the banding station at Mugaha Marsh. if you are interested in spending some time volunteering  and assisting the banders, contact Vi Lambie at:  JLambie@telus.net .
3. Earth Day Celebration, April 22, 8:30 – 3:00, PG Farmers Market, 1074 6th Avenue
Hosted in PG by REAPS, Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide, and will act as the kick off for the City’s Spring Cleanup. More about the club’s involvement in future emails.
4. BC Parks is Now Hiring 28 Full-time Senior Park Rangers
Act fast, as the closing date for applications is 10 April. For details head to: https://search.employment.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/a/highlightjob.cgi?jobid=39518.
5. Citizen Science: Monitoring Moose for Ticks
The BC Government’s Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program is now in high gear, as this is the time of year we start seeing signs of moose infested with ticks. Naturalists are asked to help document observations of moose — whether they are infested with ticks or not — in order to understand the severity and distribution of winter ticks within our moose populations. For details head to www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/plants-animals-ecosystems/wildlife/wildlife-health/wildlife-health-matters/moose-health/moose-winter-tick-survey .
6. Breeding Birds Survey
Environment and Climate Change Canada is looking for experienced birders to help conduct annual breeding bird surveys, as part of a program to track the status and trends of North American bird populations. Details can be found at www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/about/. The survey period starts in late May. If you are interested, contact Kate Campbell: ec.ron-bbs.ec@canada.ca.
7. CD Release: Thank You Water by Danielea Castell
Local eco-artist Danielea Castell just released her first CD of songs from her gratitude ceremonies with local bodies of water, including Fraser River and Quesnel Lake. The digital album can be found at  www.danieleacastell.bandcamp.com, and CDs are available at Books & Co.
8. And Now for Something Completely Different
For some seriously unexpected roadrunner / hummingbird behaviour, head to https://youtu.be/onVbjDW-tqQ
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