PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 19 April 2017


Field Trip Co-ordinator Needed

Following the Club AGM, the Executive has appointed officers to all positions with the exception of Field Trip Coordinator. This is an important position. Supported by other members of the Executive, the Field Trip Coordinator works to develop a regular program of naturalist field trips. (The trips themselves are  normally led by other volunteers.) The Coordinator is a member of the Executive, which meets from 7:00 – 8:30 pm on the second Wednesday of each month at the fish hatchery on River Road.
If you feel you could serve in this role, would like to nominate someone for the position, or would like further information, email or speak to any executive member at one of the upcoming Club events. Please don’t hesitate – the Club is only as strong as its volunteers.
Club Events
1. Film: Toad People, 7:00 pm, Tuesday, April 18, UNBC
The evening was well received. Fifty people attended The Wilderness Committee’s film about the struggle to save BC species at risk. A short 10-minute film was shown first: Their Land: Last of the Caribou Herd, describing the work of the people of Moberly Lake  to save the declining caribou herd.
2. Presentation and Open Floor on Edible Plants, 7:00 pm, Thursday, April 20, Exploration Place
Elena Thomas will give a presentation on edible wild plants in the Prince George region, including mushrooms, followed by an open floor for people to share their plant lists, edibles list, recipes, personal expertise, and tips on acquiring wild plants suitable for this region. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Arrive early to take out a membership in the PG Naturalists Club or to renew your membership. Everyone welcome.
3. Wednesday Walkers: 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.
1. Donation to Wetland Project
The  Club is delighted to announce the receipt of $1,000 from Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd towards the Hudson’s Bay Wetland Project. Sinclar office employees had raised funds throughout 2016 with their Jeans Day Fridays, and during the Christmas season held a silent auction with gifts that the Company received throughout the year. The Company noted that the Wetland Project fits within their focus to support projects in the Community that promote an active and healthy lifestyle.
2. Rarity in PG
An Iceland Gull was spotted by Christopher Coxson at the confluence by Cottonwood Island Park, and has since been observed by a number of Club members. Iceland Gulls are very rare visitors to western North America – this is just the second sighting in the PG region.
3. Foxes-Geese Standoff
An unexpected counter between foxes and geese can be seen at:

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