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Fish Rescue – August 6th, 2017

The Prince George Naturalists Club will be helping the Department of Fisheries and Oceans with a fish rescue on Tabor Creek on Sunday morning, August 6.

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 8:30 a.m., to sign a waiver and arrange car-pooling.

Anyone interested in helping is welcome to come along. Bring water, hat, sunglasses, rubber boots, snack.

There appears to have been a significant amount of young fish stranded in Tabor Creek,  as the water levels have dropped significantly. Species rescued so far are Chinook, Rainbow, Red Side Shiner, Sucker, Northern Pike Minnow, Long Nose Dace, White Fish.

For more information contact Sandra at 250.963.8381 or


PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 14 February 2017

Club Events

1. Presentation by Carolyn Ibis, 7:00 pm, Thursday, 16 February, Exploration Place
Carolyn will speak on her solo adventures in Peru and Bolivia through a range of ecosystems including mountains, jungle, salt flats and the Altiplano. Highlights include the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Salar Uyuni, and a bicycle ride down Death Road.
Come on out and renew your membership or join the Naturalists Club. The 2017 membership cards will be available. Meet others, and enjoy coffee or tea courtesy of The Exploration Place.
2. Club AGM and Members Night, 7:00 pm, Thursday, 16 March, Exploration Place
The annual AGM will be followed by a Members’ Night. More details will be provided in the next club email, but meanwhile, if you’ve caught something interesting on your trail cam, or have an unusual photograph or experience, be prepared to share. As always, the most important part of the AGM will be the election of new directors – see the note below.

1. New Club Directors needed
Three directors are stepping down at the AGM this year, and need to be replaced if the Club is to stay healthy. Think about putting your name forward or nominating someone you believe would be suitable. The only requirement of Directors is that they attend a ninety-minute meeting on the second Wednesday of the month at the Spruce City Wildlife Fish Hatchery, 1384 River Road. Some directors also become officers or take on tasks which interest them, but this is entirely optional.

2. Seedy Saturday, 10:00-3:00, February 18, Exploration Place
The Club will have a presence as usual at this weekend’s event.
Shows corn cobs and seeds with date time of Seedy Saturday
3. 20th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count, February 17-20, 2017
You can join 100,000 other naturalists this weekend by counting your yard birds for at least 15 minutes and reporting your sightings online. See for details.
Clive Keen  for

Club Events

  1. Wednesday Walkers
  • Wednesday, September 14: Anne Allgaier will lead us on some of her favourite trails along the fields and through the woods off Peardon Road on Cranbrook Hill.
  • Wednesday, September 28: We will focus on the top part of the new Hillside Trail, having focused on the bottom section on August 24th. Even though it is located close to the bustle of the city, this trail, with its rich woods flora, makes for a rewarding outing for naturalists.

The walks are open to members and non-members alike. Meet under the large Save-On sign at Spruceland Shopping Centre at 5th Avenue and Central, for car pooling and the usual waiver-signing, in time for a prompt 9:30 a.m. departure. Walks finish at around noon. Natural history guide books, binoculars and cameras will be useful. Please leave dogs at home. For more information on the walks, contact Dora Hunter at

Save the dates: Walks take place the second and fourth Wednesdays in September, October and November and on the second Wednesday of the month December through March.

  1. BC Nature Fall General Meeting, Prince George, September 22-25
    Final arrangements are now being made for this event, hosted by our Club, at which naturalists from around the province will converge on Prince George.  Speakers include Charles Helm, Bruce Harrison, Chris Harris, Dale Seip, Doug Heard, Darwyn Coxson, Jim Pojar, Ken Otter, Mike Nash, Rob Bryce, and Rob Rea. in addition, there will be nine field trips, and two workshops — full details can be found at If you’ve not signed up yet, don’t delay.


Club Notes

  1. Wednesday Walk Report – August 10th at Ferguson Lake
    As slow as we are, the Wednesday Walkers by far outpaced the European Black slug chooglin down the trail at the Ferguson Lake Nature Reserve at a heady 0.025 mph. What a beauty it was with its shiny black foot gleaming in the bright sun. As quick as it was slow were the hundreds of Western toadlets, taking leave of their natal pond; and as white as the slug was black were the curious hedgehog fungi clinging to a log. With the mountain lady slippers of early summer in seed and the asters and goldenrod in bloom, it was hard not to sense the waning of the season. Many thanks to David Greenberg  for photos of the hedgehog fungi and the Satyr comma sunning on the path.  Dora Hunter

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  2. Dragonfly Season
    We’re now well into dragonfly season, and Dave King sends on the following article to help appreciate them more:

Other Events

Dye-making Workshop: Fort St James, Sept 10-11

The Fort St. James Arts Council is hosting a workshop next weekend, starting  with a foraging walk to identify various mushrooms and lichens that can be used to make dye. The walk will begin at 9am Saturday, September 10, meeting at the old Courthouse on Birch Street in Fort St. James. In the afternoon, at 2:30, we will be learning how to dye silk scarves in the shibori technique using mushroom dyes, and on the Sunday, starting at 9am, there will be a five-hour course, learning about dye mushrooms and techniques.  The poster with details is below.dyeing_with_mushrooms

Clive Keen

PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 20 December 2015

Club Events

  1. Club Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, December 20
    If you are wondering about taking part in this weekend’s Count, bear in mind that the main activity is an all-day commitment, concluding with a potluck tally-up in the early evening. You can also take part, though, by keeping a count of the birds on your feeder, as long as you live within a 15 kilometre radius of the centre of town. Contact Cathy Antoniazzi – or 250-562-2845 – for more info.
  1. Annual Club Swan and Eagle Count, 9:00 – 3:00, Sunday,
    Spruceland shopping centre sign on top with save on foods sign on bottom

    Meeting Place

    17 January
    Meet at 9:00 am under the central green Spruceland Shopping Centre sign. Bring lunch and snowshoes. Dress warmly.  For more info, email or phone at 250-963-8381.

  1. Presentation:  7:00 pm, Thursday, 21 January at The Exploration Place
    Alex Koiter, a Professional Agrologist and UNBC PhD candidate, will give a presentation on his work: more details to follow.
  1. Bird Skin Preparation Workshop by Ken Otter, morning, Saturday 23 January, UNBC
    Ken will show how bird specimens brought in by members are prepared for teaching purposes, and give a tour of the bird and mammal collection accumulated over the years.  Details on where to meet TBA.
  1. Snowshoe Trip to Livingstone Springs
    The date is being worked on – more details next time.


  1. Quesnel Chrismas Bird Count, January 3
    Prince George birders are a crucial part of this event — in their absence last year because of snow, the Quesnel count nearly ground to a halt. If you can help, contact Adrian Leather at he’ll be delighted to hear from you.
  1. Porcupine Survey
    Porcupines appear to have been in real decline over recent years. You can help to get a handle on this by completing a brief survey by Thomson Rivers University  – see
  1. Exploring Prince George / Outdoor Safety & Survival – Christmas offer
    Mike Nash is offering a special Christmas discount for Club members on his books. See for details.
  1. Ever Wondered Why Crows Hold Funerals?
    There are some answers at 

Clive Keen for

PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 23 May 2015

Club Events

1. Annual Mt Robson Provincial Park Bird Blitz, June 5 – 7.

This blitz has been taking place for more than 25 years: for details email Gail Ross at Registration will occur between 7 – 9 pm in Robson Meadows Camp-ground on the night of Friday 5th. Camping is available at Robson Meadows or cabins can be rented at the nearby Mt Robson Lodge.

 2. Further Events over the Summer

Plans are being made for a tour of the plants on a private acreage; a trip to the Mugaha Marsh bird banding station; a Shelley shorebird ID trip; a Livingstone Springs botanical walk; and a trip to discover the unexpected riches of life on old tree stumps in Wilkins Park. If you have ideas for other summer field trips – preferably with a named trip leader – please let us know.

Club Notes

1. Presentation on the Wetland Project to City Council, 6:00 pm, Monday, 25 May

The Club will be giving an update on progress to date, and will report on future plans. Supporters of the project are encouraged to attend. Council Meetings start at 6:00 pm in City Hall Council Chambers on the second floor.

2. City Signage Project

Some good ideas have been received for the 30 signs to be created around a 30-kilometre city walking route, but many more would be welcome. In particular, ideas are needed for signs relevant to particular locations. A reminder of details, with a map of the route, can be found here.

Clive Keen

PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, 30 September 2014

Club Events

1. Hudson’s Bay Wetland, Canada Thistle Removal, Friday, October 3, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers are invited on a work party to remove Canada Thistle from the south side of the Hudson’s Bay Wetland channel where construction will soon start on a new nature trail and observation deck. Removing the thistle will make it easier for the volunteer deck builders and will improve the view of the channel.

Volunteers should wear closed shoes and long sleeves. If possible, bring long-handled loppers. You can also bring your favourite weed whacker. A limited supply of hand clippers and extra work gloves will be available on site. This work party is combining forces with the Northwest Invasive Plant Council and a group of volunteers from Deloitte. Our Naturalists Club group will meet at The Exploration Place parking lot at 10:30 a.m. For more information please email Anne at .

2.  Presentation on Northern Fungi, 7:00 pm Thursday, October 16, Exploration Place

It’s moving into fungi season, so UNBC’s fungi expert Hugues Massicotte will give a timely talk entitled “Exploring and managing northern mycological resources” –  a slideshow on things we know and things we wish we knew.

Shows a Black Bear walking on grass with trees in the background.

Black Bear

Watch out these days for hyperphagic bears, such as the one in this photo who was wandering around a local garden recently – and take care not to leave food around that will attract them. To find out what “hyperphagic” means, go to .


1. Open House at Observatory, Friday, October 3
Nights are getting darker, so the observatory  watching season is under way. If you’ve never moon watched – the waxing gibbous Moon will be particularly well placed for observing. See for details.

2. Annual UNBC Wildlife Society Calendar Competition
You are invited to submit your best wildlife photos for the annual TWS Calendar competition, which is expected to take place October 14-17. Photos must be 8×10, with landscape display preferred. Submission costs for non members are $5 for the first photo and $2 for each additional photo, to a mximimum of three. More details can be obtained from

PO Box 1092, Prince George, BC V2L 4V2

Prince George Naturalists Club Social

Prince George Naturalists
Club Social

All members and prospective new members are welcome to a wonderful evening event.

Where: Spruce City Capital Fish Hatchery
When: September 20th, 2014 from 6-9pm

Evenings activities will include:
Wine and Cheese
Nature trivia with PRIZES!!
Trivia categories will include: Geography Genius, Brilliant Botanist, Bird Brain and Mammal Master
50/50 Tickets
Slideshow of PGNC members (and non-members) nature photography

For those members who know others that would like to be a member of the club, please feel free to forward this invite. For those who are parents, children are welcome to this event.

If you would like to share your pictures from this summer’s nature adventures, you can send your pictures to Allan at and we will have them displayed for all to see.

Admission fee is $5. A great selection of cheeses, fruits and non-alcoholic beverages (i.e., coffee, tea, juice) will be available. All proceeds from the event will go to supporting future club events.

Please RSVP for the event to Allan by email at