News and Events Updates


PGNC Events and Notes Newsletters dated May 17 and June 1. Members and friends enjoyed successful field trips on May 18, June 3, and June 14.

PGNC Events and Notes from June 1, 2017

Club Events

1. Field Trip to Wilkins Park, 8:30 am, Saturday, 3 June
Heather Meier and Dora Hunter will lead a trip around a park rich in bird and plant life, finishing around noon. Meet under the large Spruceland sign for car pooling and waiver-signing at 8:30 am. Dress for the weather, bring your choice of bug repellant, and no dogs please for this trip.
2. Wednesday Walkers, Wednesday, June 14
Having cancelled our May 24 walk to the Pidherny Hills Bog due to windy weather, we will try again to reach this interesting area. Lavender tea, bog cranberry and bog-laurel are all to be found.  The sundew and bog-rosemary are waiting for sharp eyes to spot them. The walk will include some hills to climb, but, as we did when making our way to the larches, we’ll take our time.  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.
 
Club Notes
1. Raccoon Sighting
A member recently reported seeing a raccoon walking along fence tops in PG. The accepted range is far from Prince George, though the Club’sChecklist of North-Central BC Mammals, Amphibians and Reptiles notes an unconfirmed sighting in Beaverly. If you have seen a raccoon in our area, please let us know by return email. And while on the subject, it has been five years since the checklist was prepared, and it almost certainly needs updating. Take a look at the URL below, and let us know of any amendments needed.

 

2. Rare Birds, too
Cape May Warbler, Ross’s Goose, American Avocet, American Golden-Plover, Arctic Tern – a whole raft of rare birds have been spotted in the PG area of late. If you’d like to hear about such rarities, you can keep tabs on them at:

 

Unlike the birds above, the one below, photographed on the long weekend, is actually not at all rare. Wood Ducks are quite often spotted at Cottonwood Island Park, the Hudson’s  Bay Wetland, and other of our watery spots.

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PGNC Events and Notes from May 17, 2017

Club Events

1. Urban Wetland Nature Walk, 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Thursday, May 18, The Exploration Place
Meet at The Exploration Place at 6:45 p.m. for sign-up and waivers, with a brief information session starting at 7 p.m. The nature walk will take about an hour, followed by coffee and wrap-up at the Museum. Plan to wear sturdy footwear in case of wet patches on the trails. The City of Prince George welcomes dogs on leashes in the Wetland area; however, for this nature walk we request that participants leave their dogs at home.
 2. Wednesday Walkers, Wednesday, May 24
Once again the Wednesday Walkers will venture into the Pidherny Hills, this time to visit a most interesting bog. Lavender tea, bog cranberry and bog-laurel are all to be found and may well be in bloom. The sundew and bog-rosemary are waiting for sharp eyes to spot them. The walk will include some hills to climb, but, as we did when making our way to the larches, we’ll take our time.  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.

3. Field Trip to Wilkins’s Park, Saturday, 3 June
Heather Meier and Dora Hunter will lead a trip around a park rich in bird and plant life. Details of where and when to meet will be given in the next Club email.

 

Club Notes
You may have been seeing some of the following around town in the last week.  There’s been something of a fallout – the storms brought us an unusual number of Western Tanagers.
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