5. Thursday March 15, 7 p.m., The Exploration Place: PGNC Annual General Meeting
The Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held in the Kordyban Learning Centre at The Exploration Place. Several directors are stepping down this year, and need to be replaced to ensure the Club stays healthy. Think about putting your name forward or nominating someone you believe would be suitable. The only duty required 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.
1. Annual Swan and Eagle Count, Sunday January 14, 2018
This was one of our more successful swan counts in a couple of decades. Five keeners gathered to check the Crooked River for swans and eagles on Sunday, January 14. Although it was foggy and -5C in town, we had sunny skies and -13C most of the day. We saw 45 Trumpeter Swans, 6 of which were immature. They were well
distributed along the river in the few open spots left after the -20C temperatures we had for several days. Other birds seen were 18 Mallard, 48 Common Goldeneye, 4 Ruffed Grouse, 3 Common Raven, 2 Steller’s Jays, and 6
American Dipper. A good time was had by all (report by Sandra Kinsey).
2. Remembering Victor
Longtime Club member Victor Bopp passed away in December 2017. Victor shared his passion for nature with us. He was a staunch supporter of Club activities and a regular participant at all the annual Christmas Bird Counts. This message and video is from Victor’s family.
Dear Friends, Family and Supporters of Victor and his Family,
As a thank you to everyone for their love and support, phone calls, emails, cards and donations, we created a video as a tribute to Victor, for those who knew him, and for friends and family who could not make his celebration of life. We were very blessed to have had the time to spend with Victor and for friends and family to share stories, photos and words of support and love. Knowing how much Victor was respected and loved, and hearing how much of a positive influence he was to so many people, strengthens our connection with him.
Kind – Generous – Nature Loving – Friend – Respected – Mentor. An honour to be part of his family, and a privilege to have met him, Victor made the world a better place. He had a heart of gold, was always eager to help, share his knowledge and tell a joke. He was a mentor in his work and in his hobbies of cameras, birds, bears, bugs, and all things nature; he will be greatly missed.
Please give yourself some time, the video is just over 5 minutes. The video includes the photos we had digitally in the past 10 years; the next project will be to compile all his many slides and photos over the past 60+ years. If you come across any photos you have of Victor, please feel free to forward them to us at Tania.Bopp@unbc.ca. He took a lot of photos, but wasn’t in nearly as many. Thank you to Dave and Cheryl (“Parkies”) for sharing such a suitable song for the tribute video and to remember Victor, The Vanishing Breed by Robbie Robertson. To view the video, Click the trusted link below, or copy and paste the link into your web browser address:
**Reminder to take the time to tell the ones you love, how much they mean to you, tell them on a regular basis! Continue to respect the environment and enjoy the treasures nature has to offer!
With Love and Hugs, Victor’s Family
1. “Tall Tales, Long Lenses” Presentation and Book Signing, Wednesday February 28, 7:30 p.m. UNBC Canfor Theatre
John E. Marriott is one of Canada’s premier professional wildlife and nature photographers. He is known for photographing wilderness scenes and wild, free-roaming animals in their natural habitats. John’s new book, Tall Tales, Long Lenses, is an impressive collection of images and personal narrative, and chronicles his rise as one of Canada’s renowned wildlife photographers. This memorable event will feature John as he recounts many of his favourite stories and iconic photos from his most unforgettable wildlife encounters in some of Canada’s spectacular locales.
John is a Canmore/Banff based conservation advocate whose images have been published internationally by National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Canadian Geographic, McLean’s and Reader’s Digest. He is a contributing editor for Outdoor Photography Canada magazine and the host of the popular web series EXPOSED with John E. Marriott. John is the author of three Canadian bestsellers and he recently co-released the critically acclaimed book The Pipestones: The Rise and Fall of a Wolf Family. John is the owner/operator of Canadian Wildlife Photography Tours (www.canwildphototours.com), featuring wildlife photo expeditions and workshops in remote Canadian settings. John is a premier storyteller and is sharing his tallest tales and unforgettable images of animals that inspired Tall Tales, Long Lenses.
This is an admission-by-donation event hosted by the Prince George Photographic Society. Seating is First-Come, First-Serve. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Show starts at 7:30 pm. A selection of John’s books will be available for purchase.
5. Wildlife Photography Seminar, Thursday March 1, 7 p.m., UNBC 6-238, Weldwood Theatre
“Getting Wild About Photography – the Goods on Shooting Wildlife” Wildlife Photography seminar with John E. Marriot. Join one of Canada’s premier professional wildlife photographers, John E. Marriott, for a two-hour wildlife photography seminar focusing on making you a better wildlife photographer. John covers the backyard basics and delves into a variety of topics, including an in-depth, beginner-to-advanced overview of your optimal camera settings and techniques for a diverse range of wildlife photography encounters and situations. John will provide a run-down of his own gear and what he considers to be must-have equipment, he’ll provide a comprehensive look at how to capture action in wildlife photography, he’ll look at the ethics of photographing wildlife, and he will provide insight into how to make a career as a wildlife photographer.
Join John as he shares with you his experiences photographing polar bears, wolves and other wild predators, and reveals his favourite tips, techniques, and easy-to-access locations for getting incredible wildlife shots. This event is open to the public. Registration is $30 for Prince George Photographic Society club members, $50 for non-members. Seating is limited, so contact Bob Steventon at firstname.lastname@example.org / 250-562-3717 to register and reserve your spot now.