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Other Events of Interest to Naturalists
The hoped-for Early Blue Violets greeted Walkers along the riverside path at Wilkins Regional Park. Sandra introduced us to three of the feather mosses, Knight’s Plume (Ptilium crista-castrensis), Step Moss (Hylocomium splendens) and Electrified Cat’s-tail (Rhytidiadelphus triquetrus), all quite content in the steady drizzle that accompanied us on our walk. Perhaps most delightful, were the Eagles nesting on the opposite shore. Thanks to Sandra and her spotting-scope, we had a fine view of one bird on the nest, joined by its mate which had been roosting in a nearby tree. The broken clam shells were intriguing. While molluscs rank low on the River Otter’s diet, it seems likely that was the origin of these shells. The Otter’s ability to stay underwater for several minutes permits it to forage on lake and river bottoms.
Presentation on Native Bees, The Exploration Place, Thursday May 17, 7 to 9 p.m.
In the Club’s final presentation night of the season, the focus is on native bees, with the main discussion on bumble bees. Jennifer Catherall, Instructor, CNC Quesnel, will touch on declining bee populations, but not in regards to honey bees. She will also cover which garden plants/flowers are best for native bee food and how to plant for food throughout the growing season. This event is presented in partnership with The Exploration Place. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The presentation starts promptly at 7 p.m.
A queen Tricoloured Bumble Bee on female catkin of Bebb’s Willow, Cottonwood Island Park, May 11. (Jack Bowling photo)
It’s never too late to join the PGNC or renew your membership. Arrive a few minutes early at the May 17 presentation to join or renew in person. Or visit https://pgnc.wordpress.com/membership/ to join or renew by PayPal or by regular mail.
- Wilkins Regional Park Field Trip, 9:20 a.m. to noon, Wednesday May 9
On May 9 the Wednesday Walkers will head to Wilkins Regional Park, hopefully to spot warblers in the shrubs, violets on the paths and perhaps the first fiddleheads of the season. 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. to sign a waiver and arrange for carpooling. Departure time is 9:30 a.m., with return in the noon hour. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy footwear, bring water and a snack. These slow walks to observe nature are open to members and non-members. For more information, or to join an email contact list, contact Dora at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- World Migratory Bird Day Field Trip, 8:45 a.m., Saturday May 12
All are welcome to attend a field trip to Cottonwood Island Park on Saturday, May 12, to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day. Bring your binoculars and cameras and let’s see what migrating birds we can find! Meet under the big Save-On Foods sign at the Spruceland shopping centre at 8:45 a.m. for waiver signing and carpool arrangements. In the event that the Cottonwood trails are too flooded to traverse, a back-up field trip location has been arranged.
- Presentation on Native Bees at The Exploration Place, 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday May 17
The focus of the evening is on native bees, with the main discussion on bumble bees. Jennifer Catherall, Instructor at the CNC Quesnel campus, will touch on declining bee populations, but not in regards to honey bees. She will also cover which garden plants/flowers are best for native bee food and how to plant for food throughout the growing season.