PGNC Events and Notes, August 1, 2017


Club Events

  1. Wednesday Walkers, August 9 

On August 9, 2017, we’ll walk at Wilkins Park in Miworth. The site, while not large, offers a variety of habitats. The trails are near river level, making for easy walking. We’ll meet in the parking lot at the Spruceland Shopping Mall at the corner of 5th Avenue and Hwy 97 under the big Save On Foods sign at 9:20 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. departure time, to sign a waiver and arrange car-pooling. Travel cost for passengers will be $3 for gas. All are welcome on this walk. Call Dora Hunter for more information:250- 596-6772.

  1. Field Trip to Shelley Lagoons, Sunday August 20

There will be a field trip to the Shelley Lagoons (also known as the Smelly Lagoons) on Sunday August 20 to look at shorebirds and ducks. We will be walking about one kilometer around the lagoons on a gravel road. Closed footwear is recommended. Bring binoculars if you have them; scopes will be available. Dress for the weather –  a jacket if it’s a cool day, a hat if it’s sunny. Bug spray is optional. Meet in the parking lot at the Spruceland Shopping Mall at the corner of 5th Avenue and Hwy 97 under the big Save On Foods sign at 9:20 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. departure time, to sign a waiver and arrange car-pooling. This event is open to members and non-members. For more information, email Sandra at sjkinsey@direct.ca.

  1. Wednesday Walkers August 23

On August 23, 2017, we’ll visit the trails and fields west of Kueng Road. We’ll meet in the parking lot at the Spruceland Shopping Mall at the corner of 5th Avenue and Hwy 97 under the big Save On Foods sign at 9:20 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. departure time, to sign a waiver and arrange car-pooling. Travel cost for passengers will be $2 for gas. All are welcome on this walk. Call Dora Hunter for more information: 250-596-6772.

Field trip reports

  1. Invasive plants cleanup at Hudson’s Bay Wetland, July 25

Seven happy volunteers worked on the south side of the Wetland near the footbridge and the observation deck. We collected twelve large contractor bags with common tansy, Canada thistle and other spreading plants.

  1. Wednesday Walkers at Shane Lake, July 26

On July 26th six of us, including one fire evacuee from Williams Lake, walked around Shane Lake at Forests for the World. Summer is well underway with most shrubs sporting berries and the asters and goldenrod coming into bloom.  Thirteen species of birds were noted, but except for begging young birds, the woods were quiet. A MacGillivray’s warbler was a highlight for one sharp-eyed birder. A duck feeding on Reflection Lake, even after much discussion, remained a mystery.

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Club Notes

  1. Message from the Executive

The PGNC Executive regrets to advise that Clive Keen has resigned from the Executive for personal reasons. Clive was instrumental in reinvigorating the Club at a public meeting at UNBC in November  2010 and was the inspiration behind the Hudson’s Bay Wetland project which he saw as a Club legacy for residents of Prince George. He led the original Events Planning Committee which also included Sandra Kinsey, Anne Hogan and Carol Fairhurst. He retired as President in 2014 to encourage another generation of leaders to take over the reins. Clive is one of many members of the Executive who have shared their skills and strengths for the benefit of the Club. Today we have a growing membership, an active Executive and a legacy project at the Hudson’s Bay Wetland that continues in partnership with the City of Prince George, Caledonia Ramblers and other organizations. Thank you Clive for your inspiration and contributions.

  1. Purple Violet Green Flowers in Your Lawn?

Several people have noticed a small purple flower growing in their lawns. It’s Prunella vulgaris or self-heal, which has long been used medicinally. It’s an introduced species and a member of the mint family. It grows from a rhizome and may be difficult to eradicate. In at least one local lawn, it grows alongside another mint. Mowing keeps both varieties under control, creates a soft carpet to walk on, and generates a wonderful fresh scent with every footstep.

  1. Northwest Invasive Plant Council at the BCNE

Will you be in the Prince George area between August 17 and 20? Attend the BC Northern Exhibition for free! Help out at the NWIPC Information Booth. The Northwest Invasive Plant Council is asking for volunteers to help out. You do not need to be an invasive species expert. Just bring a passion for educating the public on the impacts of non-native invasive species. Help us spread the word on how we can help prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species! Booth hours: August 17, 18, 19 (Thursday – Saturday) 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM August 20 (Sunday) 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. You can expect to be helping out for 2 – 3 hours, depending on day and time. Contact Penni Adams, NWIPC Program Manager manager@nwipc.org. Or call toll free 1-866-449-3337 – Leave a message with your contact information and we will get back to you.

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