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PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 4 December 2017

Club Events

1. Christmas Bird CountSunday  December 17, 2017
This year marks the 50th Prince George Christmas Bird Count. The PG Naturalists Club held the first one in 1968!  You don’t have to be an expert to take part – just enjoy a day looking for birds. The main activity is an all-day commitment working with a field team to count birds in specific areas, concluding with a potluck tally-up in the early evening. You can also take part by keeping a count of your feeder and yard birds, as long as you live within the Prince George count circle. For details see:  http://www.birdscanada.org/volunteer/cbc/maps/BCPG.pdfIf you would like to participate, contact Cathy Antoniazzi  (PG CBC Compiler) by email at canton1@telus.net by December 7.
 
The Christmas Bird Count is more than a local event. According to Birds Canada the Christmas Bird Count is North America’s longest-running Citizen Science project. “Counts happen in over 2,000 localities throughout the Western Hemisphere. The information collected by thousands of volunteer participants forms one of the world’s largest sets of wildlife survey data. The results are used daily by conservation biologists and naturalists to assess the population trends and distribution of birds”. For full information about the Christmas Bird Count see: http://www.birdscanada.org/volunteer/cbc/index.jsp?lang=EN
 
2.  Annual Swan and Eagle Count, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday January 14, 2018 
The annual Swan and Eagle Count is largely carried out by car, and walks are fairly short. As a result, this event always goes ahead whatever the temperature. Meet for a 9 am departure under the central green Spruceland Shopping Centre sign for car pooling and waiver signing. Bring lunch and snowshoes, and keep on eye on weather forecasts so you can dress appropriately. Gas share cost is $10.  For more info, email sjkinsey@direct.ca or phone at 250-963-8381.
 
Club Reports
 
Nov 16 presentation on white-throated sparrow song variants
Ken Otter gave an entertaining and informative presentation at The Exploration Place, with song-filled videos and slides to demonstrate differences in songs between white-throated sparrows both west and east of the Rocky Mountains. He also described the advance of white-throated sparrows into the Prince George and Vanderhoof region via the Peace River. The research involved considerable input from citizen scientists who reported bird songs from across Canada. For more information about this initiative see: http://www.whitethroatsong.ca
 
Notes
 
1. Adult Speaker Series at The Exploration Place: Citizen Science, 7 p.m. Monday December 11, 2017
Dr. Mark Groulx, Assistant Professor of Environmentla Planning at UNBC, has a passion for all things ‘Northern’.  Mark’s research explores how our connections to the land shape community resilience to climate change. Much of Mark¹s work has centred on the sub-arctic community of Churchill, Manitoba. Mark will discuss his experiences conducting research in this rich social and ecological environment and will share stories from a recent project that examines citizen scientists experiences of learning on the land in Churchill. Admission to this event in the Atrium is free; galleries are closed. Doors open at 6:45 pm, lecture at 7pm. Cash beer and wine bar available
 
2. NRESi/FWCP – Peace Region Colloquium, 7:30 p.m. Thursday January 11, 2018, UNBC Canfor Theatre 6-213.
Dr. Charles Krebs, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geology, UBC, will discuss the question: Is Wildlife Management Still Possible? Government scientists and university professors and their graduate students labour mightily to study wildlife and suggest reasons for their population changes. All of this is too often for naught because of political and social constraints to actions that will achieve straightforward ecological goals. After a short discussion of two case histories that are relevant to Canada, he will discuss what we might do to change this frustrating situation both in the long- and short-term. There is no magic bullet and much work we have to do. Participants may also attend remotely by going to: www.unbc.ca/nres-institute/colloquium-webcasts
 
3. Dangerously Delicious (submitted by Mike Nash)
For the interest of those who attended the fall mushroom field trip led by UNBC’s Hugues Massicotte and Keith Egger in Wilkins Park earlier in the fall, this new podcast from Outside Magazine is one of a series on the science of survival. It spotlights the possible consequences of consuming wild mushrooms: https://www.outsideonline.com/2265036/dangerously-delicious For other episodes in the series, see: https://www.outsideonline.com/podcasts/science-of-survival
 
4. Island of the Blue Foxes (submitted by Mike Nash)
Here’s a new book of interest to naturalists. Written by Stephen Brown, it gives wonderful insights into the brilliant, difficult, and ultimately exonerated character of Georg Wilhelm Steller (Steller’s sea eagle, Steller’s jay, Steller’s sea lion, Steller’s sea cow [extinct; sketch by Steller], and Steller’s eider): ‘Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on the World’s Greatest Scientific Expedition’ by Stephen R. Brown; Douglas & McIntyre, October 2017. Hardcover available in the Prince George Public Library.
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PGNC News and Notes, 9 November, 2017

Club Events

1. Presentation Night, Thursday November 16, 7 p.m. at The Exploration Place. The British (Columbia) Invasion: western white-throated sparrow songs sweep the nation
Regional song variants (dialects) can shift over time, but it is unusual for a song dialect from one region to invade and replace that of another region, especially when this occurs over large geographic scales. However, this appears to be occurring with the western doublet-ending songs variant of the white-throated sparrow. Although initially rare relative to the common triplet-ending song in continent wide surveys from the 1960s, the doublet-ending song first became the sole song variant west of the Rocky Mountains sometime before 2000, and has now spread across Canada to nearly the Quebec border. Dr. Ken Otter of UNBC will talk about tracking this spread starting with when he first arrived at UNBC in 1999, and include data of a large citizen-science initiative he and others established in 2015 to help gather songs from across the continent. He will also present results of migration tracking studies that might provide an insight into how the song is spreading, as well as some speculation of why this dialect may have taken hold.
 
2. Christmas Bird Count, Sunday December 17
This year the PGNC celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Prince George Christmas Bird Count! Be sure to save the date. More information coming soon.
 
3. Wednesday Walkers (submitted by Dora Hunter)
October rewarded the Walkers with pleasant, colourful days for our walk to the Pidherny Larches on the 11th and to the Moose and Fir Trails and GWL Mobility Nature Trail off Scott Road at Tabor mountain on the 25th. The larches never disappoint and the autumn fungi season was in full bloom with bright specimens both days (photos below). With the approach of cold weather and with fewer participants, I have decided to discontinue the Wednesday Walks until April brings us a new season of warmth, growth and blooms. Thank you to all who have participated and, again, to all who have helped me plan our walks.
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Reports
 
Presentation on Moose, Thursday October 19
A capacity audience filled the Atrium at The Exploration Place on October 19 for a presentation on current information on moose in the Omineca region. Presenter Shelley Marshall, Senior Wildlife Biologist with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, has now forwarded a link to the 2017 BC moose research progress report available at: http://a100.gov.bc.ca/pub/eirs/viewDocumentDetail.do?fromStatic=true&repository=BDP&documentId=12720 It’s a 34-page PDF packed with data.
 
Parsnip-Moose-Wolf-Cariboo Project (submitted by Mike Nash)
Anyone who attended the October 19 moose presentation may be interested in seeing something of the work being done in the Parsnip-Moose-Wolf-Caribou Project. Here is a short slide show of a field trip that I did seven years ago with Doug Heard (from 2 min 4 sec). The earlier slides are from a caribou count flight with Dale Seip 11 years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plz0NxowF8o

Notes

1. Old Growth Forest Protection Act for BC, Wednesday November 15, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Omineca Arts Centre, 1119 3rd Avenue, Prince George
There will be a slideshow and discussion about the proposed Old Growth Forest Protection Act for BC. The evening will include a short talk by Michelle Connolly about what old growth is and why it’s important, current threats to old growth, and recent proposed legislation. Michelle Connolly is UNBC’s program manager for the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions: https://www.unbc.ca/pacific-institute-for-climate-solutions. Interested naturalists are invited to discuss and comment on the need for an old growth protection act, and how this might look for Northern BC. This event brings together people with a wide range of opinions and experiences and we hope that you will attend. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Please RSVP to mrempel@unbc.ca to help plan food and seating. 
 
2. Larches of Prince George (submitted by MIke Nash)
It isn’t necessary to go all the way to Lake O’Hara to see the larches in their fall splendour!

 

PGNC Events and Notes, October 9, 2017

Club Events

  1. Wednesday Walkers, October 11, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, The Larches and Nechako hills

On October 11th  the Wednesday Walkers will hike to enjoy both The Larches and the hills along the Nechako in colour. Some of the trail may be slick from recent rains so walking sticks would be a good idea. Depending on time, we may do an in and out to the nearby Pidherny Bog. 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, call Dora Hunter at 250 596-6772 or email: hunterdora@shaw.ca.

  1. Moose in the Omineca Region, Thursday October 19, 7 p.m. at The Exploration Place

Shelley Marshall and Mike Klaczek, biologists with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, will present current information on moose populations in the Omineca Region. The talk will cover trends in moose populations in the central and southern Omineca management area region 7A. The talk will also provide an overview of the moose research project that the Province is conducting to examine what factors are driving moose population trends since 2 of the 5 study areas are in our region. There will also be a brief mention of some other initiatives underway in the region relating to moose. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the evening starts promptly at 7 p.m.

  1. Wednesday Walkers, October 25, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Tabor Mountain area

On October 25th the Wednesday Walkers will go back to the Klein Road area of Tabor Mountain to hike the Moose trail and then pop back down to the Dougherty Creek Mobility Trail to see this scenic spot in autumn. 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, call Dora Hunter at 250 596-6772 or email: hunterdora@shaw.ca.

  1. Club Memberships

New members can take out a first-time membership as early as October for the next membership year which runs January 1 to December 31. Memberships can be purchased online at https://pgnc.wordpress.com/membership/. Memberships are also available at Presentation nights.

Club Notes

  1. Friday October 13,  3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Where Does the Paris Agreement Get Us?UNBC Room 8-164

The Honourable Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament, will make a presentation at UNBC. Her topic: Where does the Paris Agreement get us? Are we still in a climate emergency? This is an Inspiring Women Among Us/Global Fridays sponsored talk. To participate remotely go to: http://www.unbc.ca/nres-institute/colloquium-webcasts

  1. Tuesday October 17, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tatlayoko Community Open House

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is holding a Tatlayoko Community Open House from 1 to 5 p.m. at Lincoln Creek Ranch, Tatlayoko Valley. Join this community gathering for snacks, tea and coffee and the chance to talk about conservation in the Valley. Nature Conservancy of Canada staff will deliver a presentation at 2 p.m. and again at 4 p.m., about plans for conservation work in the Tatlayoko Valley, after which there will be opportunities for discussion, followed by a barbecue lunch. For more information, contact Tanya Wahbe, director of NCC’s West Coast program, at tanya.wahbe@natureconservancy.ca, or call toll-free at 888-404-8428.

  1. Saturday October 21, Ethnobotany Workshop with Carla Burton, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., UNBC Lab 8-325

Carla Burton is a UNBC faculty member who teaches Ethnobotany in Terrace, B.C. The workshop will include a presentation on plant uses by local First Nations people for food, medicine, spirituality, and technology. Participants will take a short walk in the UNBC vicinity to examine  native plants.  The afternoon will consist of making salves with native plants that people can take home.  Registration for David Douglas Botanical Garden Society members is $25 and will be $50 for non-members, which will include a DDBGS membership.  To register or for more information contact Anne at 250-981-6333 or secretary@ddbotgarden.bc.ca  Registration for non-members will be open on October 15th. Please bring a sharp paring knife, sturdy gloves, and a container for your salve, to the workshop. Other equipment and tools will be provided by DDBGS.

Carla Burton (PhD, University of Victoria) is an Adjunct Professor at UNBC and a partner in the firm Symbios Research and Restoration, operating out of Terrace, BC. For over 20 twenty years she has worked on contracts relating to restoration ecology and ethnobotany in the northwest of British Columbia. She has worked in collaboration with the Nisga’a and Gitxsan First Nations in British Columbia documenting traditional plant use, conducting traditional use studies and restoring ecosystems with herbaceous native plants.

  1. Wednesday November 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. DFO Wild Salmon Policy Implementation Plan, Prince George Open House

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has outlined its five-year implementation plan for Canada’s Policy for Conservation of Wild Pacific Salmon. For all the details, see http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/consultation/wsp-pss/index-eng.htmlA public open house will be held in Prince George on November 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Coast Inn of the North.

  1. Pacific Salmon Foundation Concerned About Open-Net Farmed Salmon

On September 22, the Pacific Salmon Foundation issued a public statement of concern about a recent announcement by the US-based Seafood Watch and the BC Salmon Farmers of BC stating that BC open-net farmed salmon are now a good alternative seafood choice for consumers. PSF believes that the recommendation is premature  and inappropriate. Reasons are outlined here: https://www.psf.ca/news-media/public-statement-re-new-rating-farmed-salmon

PGNC Events and Notes, October 2, 2017

Club Events

  1. Wednesday Walkers, October 11 and October 25

The Wednesday Walks for October 11th and 25th will be to the trail we hiked in the Tabor Mt area where, on June 28th, we saw the Large Round-leaved Rein Orchid (Platanthera orbiculata) and to The Larches with perhaps an in and out to the Pidherny Bog. Which hike goes on which day will depend on the change of colour at The Larches. So I’m asking that you stay tuned for a notice closer to the date of the first hike. Anyone who would like to pre-hike the Tabor lake area or for more information either to give or get, please contact dorahunter@shaw.ca.

  1. Moose in the Omineca Region, 7 p.m. Thursday October 19 at The Exploration Place

Shelley Marshall and Mike Klaczek, biologists with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, will present current information on moose populations in the Omineca Region. The talk will cover trends in moose populations in the central and southern Omineca management area region 7A. The talk will also provide an overview of the moose research project that the Province is conducting to examine what factors are driving moose population trends since 2 of the 5 study areas are in our region. There will also be a brief mention of some other initiatives that are underway in the region relating to moose. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the evening starts promptly at 7 p.m.

  1. Club Membership

New members can take out a first-time membership as early as October 1 each year. Memberships can be purchased online at https://pgnc.wordpress.com/membership/. Memberships are also available at Presentation nights.

Field Trip Reports

  1. Wilkins Park Fungi Walk, Saturday September 9

Some of the mystique may have been dispelled, but none of the fascination of the world of fungi for the twenty-four naturalists who accompanied Professor Keith Egger, Professor Hugues Massicotte and Linda Tackaberry (see below) on a visit to Wilkins Park. The fungi popularity contest was won, perhaps, by the huge bolete (Boletus edulis) with its dinner plate sized cap (see below), with the pepper bolete (Chalciporus piperatus) held briefly on the tip of the tongue by some participants, running a close second. The September rains that brought us a wealth of fungi of many types kindly saved the promised deluge for the afternoon (submitted by Dora Hunter).

Wilkins Fungi Leaders copyHugues Bolete copy

 

Sandra E Wilkins 2Fungi at Wilkins Regional Park – Sandra Einfeldt photo

  1. Invasive Plant Pull, Sunday Sept 10

After being notified by Penni Adams of the NWIPC of the presence of Himalayan Balsam along the banks of Shane Creek behind Carrie Jane Gray Park, the PGNC, with clippers in hand, swung into action. By day’s end sixteen bags of Himalayan Balsam and Tansy had been removed from the area. Thank you to all those who responded on such short notice to our appeal for assistance. They were: Penni Adams, Sheila Fleming, Dora Hunter, Kathy Iselmoe,  Sandra Kinsey, Laird Law, Jennifer Newton, Dana Parmenter, Elena Thomas and one super keen fellow, Robert, who lives in the neighbourhood. Thanks, too, to Claire Watkins of the City of Prince George, who arranged on very short notice for full bags to be picked up (Submitted by Dora Hunter).

CWP_PG_Naturalists_2017 Himalayan Balsam 01 copy

  1. Wednesday Walk, September 13

It was a great morning for a walk at Forests for the World. With the obligatory stop at the Shane Lake viewing platform, we walked the nearby trails on the west side of the lake to the Lookout. The recent drought and first frosts had turned the oak fern and fairybells to a yellow carpet under the trees. The snowberry shrubs were sporting their white fruit which will last much of the winter, and the first of the fall fungi were popping up. Formidable mounds of bear scat were testimony to pre-hibernation, ravenous ursine appetites. The view from the Lookout was rewarding, with Teapot Mountain visible from 50 km away. Walkers had many a discussion as they identified the various structures below (submitted by Dora Hunter).

  1. Presentation Night, Thursday September 21

Many thanks to Jacob Bailey, NRES graduate student at UNBC, for his presentation on tracking birds using RFID. Audience members learned about radio frequency identification and how it tracks the movement of birds such as black-capped chickadees across fragmented landscapes like power lines.

  1. Wednesday Walk Report, September 27

A fine, even if foggy, morning greeted the Walkers at McMillan Park. It’s the time of year for identifying seed heads of various flowers and enjoying the bright green of the mosses and the yellow leaves of the Devil’s Club and aspen. It took four hikers with arms out-stretched to give the old Douglas Fir (below) a hug. Our resident forester, Jean-Paul, said, given its girth compared to the surrounding trees, we could assume it was left as a seed tree after the original logging (submitted by Dora Hunter).

McMillan Park Tree copy

  1. Helpers for Wednesday Walks

PGNC Wednesday Walks happen with the assistance of many individuals and groups. I’d like to thank the following people for helping to plan and pre-hike our walks during the past year:  Anne Allgaier, Geraldine and Jim Burbee, Sandra Einfeldt, Simon Earl, Megan Hunter, Nancy Kurjata, Sandra Kinsey, Suzanne Sharp, and Bonnie and Rob Watt. Thanks go, too, to Carolyn McGhee for permission to walk on her property on Cranbrook Hill. Hikes with the Pidherny hiking gang, John and Judy Glass, Suzanne Sharp’s Thursday hikes and the Caledonia Ramblers have served to introduce me to many trails in our neighbourhood.  For me, it has been great fun to meet so many kindred spirits willing to share their interest in the local area and in natural history. If you would like to help with planning Wednesday Walks and/or to do some pre-hiking on occasion please contact Dora Hunter at: hunterdora@shaw.ca (submitted by Dora Hunter)

Club Notes

Thursday October 5, UNBC Gathering Place, 9 to 11 a.m.

The week of Oct 2 to 6, a group of Swedish foresters and forest ecologists will be visiting UNBC. On October 5th they have agreed to share a presentation on current Swedish forestry practices. Denise Hogue from the BC MoFLNRO has been invited to present on BC forestry. Anyone with an interest in forestry is invited to UNBC’s Gathering Place from 9 to 11 a.m. for the presentations, some discussion, and light refreshments, and to share experiences about BC. The group is excited to interact with forest practitioners in BC. To assist with the provision of the light refreshments during the presentation/discussion, RSVP by Tuesday, October 3 to Dr. Lisa Wood, RPF, Assistant Professor,Ecosystem Science and Management, University of Northern BC: Lisa.Wood@unbc.ca

Friday October 13, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. UNBC Room 8-164

The Honourable Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament, will make a presentation at UNBC. Her topic: Where does the Paris Agreement get us? Are we still in a climate emergency? This is an Inspiring Women Among Us/Global Fridays sponsored talk. To participate remotely go to: http://www.unbc.ca/nres-institute/colloquium-webcasts

Species at Risk Bill C-363

On September 22 Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan – West Kootenay, introduced Bill C-363 in the House of Commons to amend the Species at Risk Act. The private member bill aims to close a loophole he says “has allowed the government to delay or deny protection for dozens of at-risk species”. If approved, the Bill will set deadlines to ensure that the federal government takes action within one year after receiving an assessment of the status of a species by COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada). For more information on Cannings, a well-known BC biologist and author, click here: https://dickcannings.com/about/

 

Special Notice: Wednesday Walkers September 27

Wednesday Walk on September 27 is changed to McMillan Creek Regional Park
 
Due to active logging underway, the Wednesday Walkers’ plans have changed from  Westcrest Road and The Greenway to a visit to McMillan Regional Park where we might see some fungi in the woods and where we will have a fine view of Cranbrook Hill in its autumn colours.
We will 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, call Dora Hunter at 250 596-6772 or email: hunterdora@shaw.ca.

Special Notice: Invasive Plant Cleanup at Carrie Jane Gray Park, Sunday September 10

Invasive Plant Cleanup at Carrie Jane Park, Sunday September 10, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Wanted! Volunteers on very short notice to help remove flowers and seed heads of invasive plants at Carrie Jane Gray Park. The banks of the canals that feed into the Hudson’s Bay Wetland are again becoming infested with Himalayan Balsam and common tansy. Both plants are garden escapees that are pushing out native plants in natural areas. The Club is concerned that these invasives will spread into inaccessible parts of the Hudson’s Bay Wetland further downstream toward the Fraser River. 
 
Long pants, long-sleeved shirts and water-proof footwear are recommended as we will be working in wet areas. If possible, bring your own hand tool for cutting off flowers and seed heads, work gloves and a personal water bottle. Long bladed trimmers are also useful. The Club will provide garbage bags as well as extra work gloves and clippers if someone needs them. The work is suitable for adults and teens. We will 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, voice: 250.963.8381 and text: 250.617.8381 or Dora Hunter, 250 596-6772 or email: hunterdora@shaw.ca.
 
For more information about Himalayan balsam see: http://nwipc.org/plants/himalayan-balsam as well as a whole range of other invasive plants at http://nwipc.org/invasive-plants/
Himalayan Balsam

PGNC Events and Notes, September 4, 2017

Club Events

  1. Fungi Field Trip, Saturday September 9

Join us on September 9th for a walk to examine the fungi of Wilkins Regional Park. Dr. Keith Egger and Dr. Hugues Massicotte, both enthusiastic and expert mycologists, will lead the walk. Because Wilkins is a public park, we will leave our collecting baskets at home and leave any harvesting to the leaders. Consider bringing insect repellent, a snack, water, a magnifying glass and a camera. A magnifying mirror is a handy tool for examining the hidden structure of low-lying fungi. Meet at Spruceland Mall at 9:20 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. departure to sign a waiver and to arrange car-pooling. Travel fee for passengers will be $3. This outing is open to members and non-members. For more information contact Dora Hunter at hunterdora@shaw.ca

  1. Wednesday Walkers, September 13

On Wednesday, September 13, the Wednesday Walk will return to Forests For The World where we will continue our exploration of the trails near the Shane Lake/UNBC neighbourhood. 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. The walk will end around noon. All are welcome on this walk. Call Dora Hunter for more information. (250) 596-6772 or hunterdora@shaw.ca

  1. Tracking birds using RFID, 7 p.m. Thursday September 21, at The Exploration Place

Guest speaker for the first presentation night of the new season is Jacob M. Bailey, M.Sc. student at UNBC in the department of Natural Sciences and Environmental Studies. Using radio-frequency identification (RFID) to track their movements, Jacob is studying the impact of gaps in habitat on the movement decisions of Black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus). Jacob will explain the technology involved, and also show slides of his work in the field. Everyone welcome.

  1. Wednesday Walkers, September 27

On Wednesday, September 27, the Wednesday Walk will explore the area of the Greenway off Westcrest Road on Cranbrook Hill. 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. The walk will end around noon. All are welcome on this walk. Call Dora Hunter for more information. (250) 596-6772 or hunterdora@shaw.ca

Field Trip Reports

  1. Field Trip to Shelley Lagoon, August 20

Report by Angie Joiner: Sandra Kinsey and I led a trip to the Shelley “smelly” Lagoons and the weather was pretty good for a walk around the ponds. It wasn’t even very smelly. We had 17 participants and we were treated to a number of good shorebird sightings. The City is doing a lot of work constructing a new road around the back lagoon (lagoon 5?). Ironically, that’s where the majority of the shorebirds were. Some highlights of the trip were the 3 Red-necked Phalaropes whirling around in the first lagoon. They are so funny to watch. We were also delighted to see many Least Sandpipers who were joined by a couple of Western Sandpipers and a Semipalmated Sandpiper. I would argue the bird of the day was a Stilt Sandpiper mingling with a group of Long-billed Dowitchers. Later, we saw a second Stilt Sandpiper. If you are interested in viewing our complete list please see the eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38808930. If you use eBird and have photos from the trip please add them. Thanks to everyone who came out with us!

Club Notes

  1. NRES Institute Colloquium, 3:30 p.m. Friday September 15, 2017, UNBC Room 8-164

Primary Forests and Roadless Areas in the “Anthropocene”: Why we need wild places for our survival. The most recent NRESi Newsletter notes: Primary forests and roadless areas around the world are disappearing at an alarming rate. This comes with grave consequences to biodiversity, ecosystem services, and potentially human health. Dr. Dominick DellaSala of the Geos Institute www.geosinstitute.org will present published research on why these areas are key to human survival and what is being done internationally to call attention to their plight. For more information on this event and the full Colloquium schedule visit http://www.unbc.ca/nres-institute/colloquium-series

  1. Great News for Arctic Bird Conservation

Tallurutiup Imanga, Canada’s newest national marine conservation area, located in Lancaster Sound, will protect twelve of Canada’s Arctic Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) from industrial threats. For more details about the twelve IBAs visit BC Nature’s website and its related links at arctic-bird-conservation/

  1. Funding for Fish and Wildlife Grants Available Now

Are you interested in a grant for a fish or wildlife project in B.C.’s Peace Region? Apply to the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program. Submit mandatory Notice of Intent by September 8, 2017.  It’s the first step. Learn more. Contact us at Fwcp.ca