PGNC News and Notes, May 1, 2018

Club Events

  1. Saturday May 5, Birding Field Trip on eBird Global Big Day

Birding field trip for eBird Global Big Day on Saturday May 5th will meet at Cottonwood Island park main parking lot (next to Railway Museum) for 8:30 a.m. departure. We will meander through the park for a few hours trying to spot as many birds as possible. There should be lots of migrants moving through.  Heather will be happy to explain how eBird works and demonstrate the eBird mobile app that makes counting on the go fun and easy.

  1. Wednesday May 9, Field Trip to Wilkins Regional Park

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 hunterdora@shaw.ca.

  1. Thursday May 17, 7 to 9 p.m. Presentation Night at The Exploration Place

This is the Club’s last presentation night of the spring season. It’s all about bees! Presenter is Jennifer Catherall, Instructor at the CNC Quesnel campus.

  1. Friday June 8 to Sunday June 10, Mount Robson Biennial Bird Blitz

The longstanding Bird Blitz now occurs every second year. This year participants will gather before or on the evening of Friday June 8. Birding area sign-up will be on Friday night at Robson Meadows campground. Signs will be posted at the campground entrance to indicate the signup location. For further information, and to let her know if you plan to participate, please email Gail Ross at gailross1@telus.net.

2018 Memberships

It’s never too late to join the PGNC or renew your membership. Visit https://pgnc.wordpress.com/membership/ to join or renew by PayPal or regular mail.

Club Reports

Presentation night, April 19, 2018

Many thanks to Guy Scharf, SEP Community Advisor, BC Interior North, for providing a comprehensive history of attempts at fish conservation in BC, including discussion of competing interests for protecting and enhancing coastal vs. interior fisheries. He noted that the Salmon Enhancement Program (SEP) engages over 30,000 participants in classroom projects to protect and rebuild salmon stocks. For more about the history of the Program see: DFO Salmonid Enhancement Program

Thanks also to Natasha Ewing, new BC Parks Community Engagement Officer, for her discussion of her work with Ocean Networks Canada (http://www.oceannetworks.ca) prior to her new position with BC Parks. In relation to BC Parks, she talked about the Park Enhancement Fund which provides funding for organizations interested in running interpretive programs in / on behalf of BC Parks: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/partnerships/pef.html

Walrath Road and Marsh Field Trip April 21, 2018

On April 21, the Club hosted a field trip to Walrath Road in Shelley to see the Long-billed Curlews and to visit the nearby marsh. Ten people showed up with coats and mitts, ready to embrace the 6 degree weather, the gusting winds and the spotty sunshine!  There were at least 50 Curlews in the field, and they put on exciting flight displays and courtship routines.  Migrating raptors like both Red-tailed and Rough-legged hawks, and an American Kestrel, made appearances along the back edge of the field.

The marsh water was only partially open, but there were a variety of waterfowl taking advantage of the melt.  Canada Geese, Bufflehead and Hooded Mergansers kept us entertained.  In the surrounding cattails and woodland, we worked to identify slinking Lincoln’s Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows and quick-moving Ruby-crowned Kinglets.  A yellow and blue wave of 35 Yellow-rumped Warblers passing together through the cattail was a beautiful thing to witness.

The highlights of the trip were on the way back to the cars, when 8 Mountain Bluebirds were spotted close by on the fence line, hawking insects.  As we watched them, a Rufous Hummingbird quietly passed by overhead, a sure sign that spring had indeed arrived!  Thank you to all who came along on the trip, and we look forward to seeing you all at the next one! (Emily Williams report)

Wednesday Walkers April 25, 2018

A warm, sunny day, with the Nechako running high and muddy in spring runoff, greeted us at Wilson Park. A thoughtfully quiet group as we approached a bay off the Nechako ensured that everyone had an opportunity to spot the Northern Pintail, Wigeons, Mallards, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead and the Red-necked Grebe feeding and resting there. Anne Allgaier’s photo of the Douglas Fir stump reminds us of the danger of living too close to the river. Happy exclamations greeted a first-of-the-year Bumble bee, and puzzled expressions the spring-time appearance of the Beaked Hazelnut. The photo from another, proven specimen, shows the red female and yellow male flowers. (Dora Hunter report)

Anne A. Stump

Beaked Hazelnut (2)

Hudson’s Bay Wetland Clean-up April 29, 2018

On April 29, the Club hosted the Hudson’s Bay Wetland Clean-up, as part of a city-wide spring garbage collecting event.  The weather was sunny and cool, with a slight breeze – a perfect day for helping to make the Wetland clean.  Aside from the 3 members planning the event and manning the booth, only 1 person came out to volunteer at our station, so we would like to give a huge shout-out to Nancy Muirhead for showing up and giving us a hand! Between the 4 of us, we managed to clean up a good portion of the trails around the Wetland.  If you forgot to come out or didn’t hear about it in time, we will likely be hosting the event next spring too and we would love to see you there! (Emily Williams report)

Notes

Flickers at the Marriott: Here’s the recent news item and video clip quoting Club member Jack Bowling when Northern Flickers were pecking holes in the new Marriott hotel in April: http://ckpgtoday.ca/article/524104/new-hotel-gone-birds

Chickadee lovers will enjoy this video forwarded by Mike Nash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bKgVTjwgYI

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PGNC News and Notes, April 16, 2018

Club Events

Thursday April 19, 7 to 9 p.m. at The Exploration Place, A Very Fishy Evening

This evening will be of interest to all fish lovers in Prince George, whether we study fish, catch fish or eat fish! Guy Scharf will provide background history of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), to set the stage for the current environment for fish and what is being done to improve the lot for salmon and their habitats both regionally and locally. He will talk specifically about Stewardship and Outreach through his role as a Community Advisor for the Salmonid Enhancement Program within DFO in the Upper Fraser Watershed.

Natasha Ewing, new Community Liaison Officer for BC Parks Northern Region, will also contribute to the evening. Guy notes, “I hope to take advantage of Natasha’s ocean outreach/education experience where possible and weave it into my program. Given the direct connection and limited resources we’ve had to date so far inland, she’s a welcome addition to the Upper Fraser (and beyond) environmental family”. Natasha is looking forward to talking about her work including her fishery connections, and meeting members of the local naturalists community.

Saturday April 21, 10 a.m. Annual Curlew Field Trip

Meet at 10 a.m. 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 to sign a waiver and arrange car-pooling. For more information contact Sandra at sjkinsey@direct.ca.

Wednesday April 25, 9:20 a.m. Wilson Park nature walk

Join the Wednesday Walkers for a visit to Wilson Park. Meet at 9:20 a.m. 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 to sign a waiver and arrange car pooling. We will leave promptly at 9:30 a.m. and 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 sign up on an email contact list, email Dora at hunterdora@shaw.ca.

Sunday April 29, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Clean-up at Hudson’s Bay Wetland Nature Park

Everyone is invited for a few hours of working together to pick up refuse at Hudson’s Bay Wetland Nature Park. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Nature Park parking lot on Queensway. Participants are encouraged to bring their own work gloves. Garbage bags and disposable gloves will be provided.

Saturday May 5, Birding Field Trip on eBird Global Big Day

Save the date and join a birding field trip on eBird Global Big Day to see how many birds can be counted in one location in one day. Check out all the details at  https://ebird.org/news/global-big-day-5-may-2018 Time and place will be publicized soon. Please contact Heather at chickadeebc@gmail.com if you plan to attend, so she can have an idea of numbers.

Thursday May 17, 7 to 9 p.m. at The Exploration Place

This is the Club’s last presentation night of the spring season. It’s all about bees! More details to come.

Friday June 8 to Sunday June 10, Mount Robson Biennial Bird Blitz

The longstanding Bird Blitz now occurs every second year. This year participants will gather before or on the evening of Friday June 8. Birding area sign-up will be on Friday night at Robson Meadows campground. Signs will be posted at the campground entrance to indicate the signup location. For further information, and to let her know if you plan to participate, please email Gail Ross at gailross1@telus.net.

2018 Memberships

It’s never too late to join the PGNC or renew your membership. Visit https://pgnc.wordpress.com/membership/ to join or renew by PayPal or regular mail.

 Club Reports

Wednesday Walkers April 11, 2018 (report by Dora Hunter)

Cottonwood Island Nature Park never disappoints. Early in the season, with winter lingering and the woodland floor still snow-covered, the Cottonwoods revealed their role as apartment towers for feathered and furred alike. It was, however, the sixteen species of birds that provided the day’s highlights. A selection of Sandra Einfeldt’s fine photographs (see below) give a taste of the day. Who wouldn’t be charmed by the light touch of a bold and trusting Chickadee, or amused by the American Crow telling the Mallards and American Wigeons to go back where they came from, or impressed by the vehemence of the drake Wood Duck telling the other seven, out of sight, Wood Ducks that this duck’s dance card is full, or spellbound by the sight of the Hooded Mergansers courting in the reflection of the Red-osier Dogwood? Won’t you join us on April 25th to see what nature has in store to delight us when we visit Wilson Park?!

P1200243 Feeding Chickadees

 

P1200634 Crow Scolding

P1200255 Wood Ducks Pair

P1200279 Hooded Mergansers

Notes

Friday May 4, Sturgeon Release in Vanderhoof

The Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre is releasing juvenile white sturgeon into the Nechako River at Riverside Park in Vanderhoof. This annual event is open to the public. Club members who would like to volunteer for this remarkable event can email Michelle Roberge at michelle@mrconcepts.cafor details. Help is needed in the areas of data entry, photography, streamside release and floater.

BC Nature Camps

Space is still available in several BC Nature camps. Please email manager@bcnature.cafor enquiries and registration form for each camp.

  • Tofino Camp – There are still TWO spots available for this camp. Spots have become available due to cancellations.
  • Tumbler Ridge Camp – FOUR spots available due to cancellations.
  • Tatalayoko Camp – Still SEVEN spots available.

Nature Canada

Here’s a message from Nature Canada about the need to ban harmful insecticides:

“Neonics” are a type of insecticide used on farms that science shows are very harmful to birds and bees. Eating even a few seeds coated with neonics can emaciate a bird, interfere with reproduction and navigation, and even lead to death. France has banned neonics entirely, and other European countries are looking to follow suit. There are safer alternatives. The Canadian government is reviewing neonics right now, but so far has only proposed half measures that would allow the dangerous insecticide to continue being widely used. That’s not good enough for our declining bird and bee populations.

Please take a moment to send a note to the Canadian Health Minister who has jurisdiction over this issue and encourage her to ban neonics entirely. If enough of us raise our voices, we can ensure Canada catches up to other places in protecting our birds and bees from harmful chemicals. Go to http://naturecanada.ca/get-involved/take-action/sign-to-ban-neonics/

 

PGNC News and Notes March 31, 2018

Club Events

 
Wednesday April 11, 9:20 a.m. to noon Wednesday Walkers
In a sure sign of spring, the Wednesday Walks return after a long winter. Enjoy a slow walk at Cottonwood Island Nature Park to observe natural history, both floral and faunal. 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 car-pooling, for a 9:30 a.m. departure time, 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 hunterdora@shaw.ca. See the full list of dates and locations on the PGNC blog at: https://pgnc.wordpress.com/trips/
 
Thursday April 19, 7 to 9 p.m. at The Exploration Place, A Very Fishy Evening
This evening will be of interest to all fish-lovers in Prince George, whether we observe them, catch them or eat them! Guy Scharf will provide some background history of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), to set the stage for the current environment for fish and what is being done to improve the lot for salmon and their habitats both regionally and locally. He will talk specifically about Stewardship and Outreach through his role as a Community Advisor for the Salmonid Enhancement Program within DFO in the Upper Fraser Watershed.
 
Natasha Ewing, new Community Liaison Officer for BC Parks Northern Region, will also contribute to the evening. Guy notes, “I hope to take advantage of Natasha’s Ocean outreach/education experience where possible and weave it into my program. Given the direct connection and limited resources we’ve had to date so far inland, she’s a welcome addition to the Upper Fraser (and beyond) environmental family”. Natasha is looking forward to talking about her work including her fishery connections, and meeting members of the local naturalists community. 
 
Saturday April 21, 10 a.m. Annual Curlew Field Trip
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 10 a.m. to sign a waiver and arrange car-pooling. For more information contact Sandra at sjkinsey@direct.ca.
 
Thursday May 17, 7 to 9 p.m. at The Exploration Place
The Club’s last presentation night of the spring season. It’s all about bees! More details in future newsletters.
 
Friday June 8 to Sunday June 10, Mount Robson Bird Blitz
The longstanding Bird Blitz now occurs every second year. This year participants will gather before or on the evening of Friday June 8. More details to come. Contact person is Gail Ross: gailross1@telus.net.
 
2018 Memberships
It’s never too late to join the PGNC or renew your membership at the presentation night on Thursday April 19. Visit the PGNC blog at https://pgnc.wordpress.com/membership/ to join or renew by PayPal or regular mail.
 
Club Reports
 
March 15, Annual General Meeting
Eight directors were re-elected to the Executive for 2018-2019: David Breault, Sandra Hepburn, Anne Hogan, Angie Joiner, Sandra Kinsey, Dave Leman, Heather Meier and Doug Wilson. The Executive Report to the AGM on 2017 Club activities is now available on the Club blog at: https://pgnc.wordpress.com/737-2/
 
Following the AGM, members received a progress report on the Hudson’s Bay Wetland Project and took part in a discussion session with Robert Teetaert and Kim Klaczek of McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. Over the past six months the Club and McElhanney have worked together to develop options for a proposed footbridge west of Queensway; prepared a detailed map of the City of Prince George’s Hudson’s Bay Wetland Nature Park; and redesigned the proposed ramp between the Wetland and Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park to a 5% slope to make it more accessible for people using mobility devices. The Club continues to work on this project in 2018.
 
February 15, The Great American Eclipse
Mike Nash’s presentation on his trip down south to observe last summer’s solar eclipse provided interesting insights into the passion of thousands of viewers observing a total solar eclipse. He also shared helpful tips for finding campsites near  the most popular national parks in the US.

Notes

Bird Photos Wanted
Ken Otter is seeking high quality photographs of Canadian birds. He says, “I am helping organize the Canada Evening at the International Ornithological Congress in Vancouver this summer, and part of that gala evening is a slideshow playing in the background during the social portion of the night that highlights Canada’s birds.  We are inviting people to submit photos for consideration. Each person would have to give me photos for consideration, which I would keep in a folder with individual’s names. We would then code them and the committee will decide which they want to use. We would then contact the individual photographers of those shots.” Please see the attached poster and send photos directly to Ken at ken.otter@unbc.ca no later than May 1.  Poster ad for bird pictures
Friday May 4, Sturgeon Release in Vanderhoof
The Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre is releasing juvenile white sturgeon into the Nechako River at Riverside Park in Vanderhoof. This annual event is open to the public. Club members who would like to volunteer for this remarkable event can email Michelle Roberge at michelle@mrconcepts.ca for details. A Club field trip is also possible depending on level of interest.
 
Jasper National Park
Parks Canada reports annually to Canadians on their progress in implementing the Jasper National Park Management Plan through this report. You can download the document at this address: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/jasper/info/plan/rapports-reports Thanks to Mike Nash for sending this link.

PGNC News and Notes, March 8, 2018

Club Events

Annual General Meeting, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday,  March 15, 2018, Kordyban Learning Centre, The Exploration Place
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for people to join or renew their memberships before the meeting starts.
7 p.m.  Annual General Meeting including election of directors to the Executive. There are several vacancies so nominations are very welcome. Bring your skills and talents to a short monthly meeting to help foster awareness, appreciation and understanding of our natural environment. If you are considering letting your name stand, here is some helpful information:
  • Directors are elected for one year.
  • We hold 90-minute Executive meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at the Spruce City Wildlife Fish Hatchery on River Road.
  • Email access is essential as all communication is by email.
7:45 p.m. Hudson’s Bay Wetland Progress Report: What we’ve accomplished to date and where the Project is headed. Were looking for input from members. Resource people from McElhanney Consulting Services will also be on hand to provide detailed information and answer technical questions.
 
PGNC Membership cards

You can pick up your 2018 membership cards at the AGM on March 15. The cards are very useful for such things as 10% discounts on bird seed at Spruce Capital Feeds. You can renew your membership, or join for the first time, at this event, or through Paypal at https://pgnc.wordpress.com/membership/. Membership ($25 single, $40 family, $15 student) also brings you  membership with BC Nature and receipt of its excellent quarterly magazine.

Notes

Birding in Prince George
CKPG interviewed longtime Club member Sandra Kinsey on February 22 about Eurasian Collared Doves and other birds in the Prince George area. Here’s the link: http://ckpgtoday.ca/article/518685/eurasian-collared-dove-numbers-rise
 
Friday March 9, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Room 8-164, UNBC. NRESi/FWCP Colloquium
Darwyn Coxson, Dezene Huber, Mark Shrimption, Aynsley Thielman and Al Wiensczyk will discuss the impact of stocked kokanee on nutrient enrichment in tributary streams to the Williston Reservoir. See the attached notice for full details.
Colloquium Poster Mar 9 Shrimpton and awards.jpg
Caribou deaths
Tragic news from mid-February about protected caribou killed north of Prince George: http://www.ckpgtoday.ca/article/517984/two-caribou-shot-and-killed-kennedy-siding 
Caribou: Support from Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program Peace Region
On a happier note, here’s a link to a map and details about caribou projects in the Peace-Williston Region, including identification of a new herd: http://fwcp.ca/supporting-risk-caribou-herds/ 

PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, February 13, 2018

Club Events

1. Thursday February 15, 7 p.m., The Exploration Place: The Great American Eclipse
 
Featuring a road trip in August 2017 through two Provinces and three States to see the total eclipse of the sun. Dubbed ‘The Great American Eclipse,’ this rare spectacle of nature tracked through Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming as it traversed the U.S. from coast to coast for the first time in nearly a century. Contending with an influx of people that would potentially double the populations of some States along the eclipse centreline (and cause at least one state of emergency to be declared), we travelled for three weeks in a record peak vacation and wildfire season on both sides of the border just to experience 90 seconds of totality! The talk will include general and historical information about total solar eclipses and coming opportunities to experience one. This presentation by Mike Nash will also feature some of the great national parks and wildlife of the region including some after-effects of the wildfires.
 
PGNC Membership 2018 cards

You can pick up your 2018 membership cards at the talk on February 15. The cards are very useful for such things as 10% discounts on bird seed at Spruce Capital Feeds. You can renew your membership, or join for the first time, at this event, or through Paypal at https://pgnc.wordpress.com/membership/. Membership ($25 single, $40 family, $15 student) also brings you  membership with BC Nature and receipt of its excellent quarterly magazine.

 
2. Friday February 16, 7 p.m., St. Michael’s Anglican Hall, 1505 5th Avenue. Freightened: The Real Price of Shipping
 
PGNC is hosting Freightened: The Real Price of Shipping as part of the Travelling World Community Film FestivalThe cargo shipping industry is a key player in the world economy bringing 90% of the goods we consume in the West. Yet the functioning and regulation of this business remains largely obscure to many, and its hidden costs affect us all. Due to their size, freight ships no longer fit in traditional city harbours; they have moved out of the public’s eye, behind barriers and check points. The film answers many questions: Who pulls the strings in this multi-billion dollar business? To what extent does the industry control our policy makers? How does it affect the environment above and below the water-line?
 
3. Saturday February 17,  8:40 p.m., St. Michael’s Anglican Hall, 1505 5th Avenue: Water Warriors
 
PGNC is one of several groups sponsoring three documentaries on February 17, including Water Warriors as part of the Travelling World Community Film Festival, starting at 7 p.m. Water Warriors is the story of a community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry. In 2013, Texas-based SWN Resources arrived in New Brunswick to explore for natural (fracked) gas. The region is known for its forestry, farming and fishing industries, which are commercial as well as subsistence operations that rural communities depend on. In response, a multicultural group of unlikely warriors – including members of the Mi’kmaq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians and white English-speaking families – set up a series of road blockades preventing exploration. After months of resistance, their efforts not only halted drilling, they elected a new government and won an indefinite moratorium on fracking in the province.
 
Volunteers are invited to help with these two events. Contact Sandra Kinsey at 250-963-8381 or sjkinsey@direct.ca$30 passes are available at the door and at Books and Company, 1685 3rd Avenue. $5 day passes available at the door only. The full schedule is here: 2018 Schedule TWCFF
 
4. Seedy Saturday, February 24, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Aboriginal Housing Society, 1919 17th Avenue
 
Seedy Saturday has moved to an expanded location! Presentations are of interest to naturalists and gardeners. PGNC will have an information table with displays and handouts on naturalist activities. If you would like to help for an hour or so, please contact Sandra Kinsey at 250-963-8381 or sjkinsey@direct.ca
Seedy Saturday 2018
 
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.

Club Reports

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:
https://youtu.be/hdPH21UWJhQ

**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

Notes

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 bstevent@uniserve.com / 250-562-3717 to register and reserve your spot now.

PG Naturalists Club Events and Notes, January 29, 2018

Club Events

1. Thursday February 15, 7 p.m. at The Exploration Place: The Great American Eclipse
Featuring a road trip in August 2017 through two Provinces and three States to see the total eclipse of the sun. Dubbed ‘The Great American Eclipse,’ this rare spectacle of nature tracked through Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming as it traversed the U.S. from coast to coast for the first time in nearly a century. Contending with an influx of people that would potentially double the populations of some States along the eclipse centreline (and cause at least one state of emergency to be declared), we travelled for three weeks in a record peak vacation and wildfire season on both sides of the border just to experience 90 seconds of totality! The talk will include general and historical information about total solar eclipses and coming opportunities to experience one. This presentation by Mike Nash will also feature some of the great national parks and wildlife of the region including some after-effects of the wildfires.
 
2. Travelling World Community Film Festival, February 16 to 23 
 
The full schedule will be available soon. $30 passes are available at the door and at Books and Company, 1685 3rd Avenue. $5 day passes available at the door only.
Reports
 
The Club regrets that the January 17 presentation night with Dr. Dominick Della Sala had to be cancelled due to weather-related transportation delays. 

Notes

 
1. PGNC Membership 2018 cards

You can pick up your 2018 membership cards at the talk on February 15. The cards are very useful for such things as 10% discounts on bird seed at Spruce Capital Feeds. You can renew your membership, or join for the first time, at this event, or through Paypal at https://pgnc.wordpress.com/membership/. Membership ($25 single, $40 family, $15 student) also brings you  membership with BC Nature and receipt of its excellent quarterly magazine.

 
2. WANTED: Reports of dead bats and of bats flying during winter
Public help is needed to monitor the spread of deadly bat disease   Now is the time of year we may see signs of White nose syndrome in bats.  The BC Community Bat Program in collaboration with the BC government is requesting the public’s help in monitoring the spread of this disease.  Please help by reporting bats that are flying or found dead, during winter and early spring, to the B.C. Community Bat Program at  1-855-922-2287 ext. 24 or info@bcbats.ca 
3. NRESI Colloquium, Friday February 2, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m UNBC Room 8-164
Predation risk for boreal caribou in human-modified landscapes: evidence of wolf behavioural responses independent of apparent competition. Presenter is Dr. Matt Mumma, UNBC.
 
4. Tall Tales Storytelling, Wednesday February 28, 7:30 p.m. UNBC Canfor Theatre
Presentation by John E. Marriott, wildlife and nature photographer. Come meet Frank the Tank, Delinda the Wolf, Casper the Friendly Bear and a host of other wildlife characters as one of Canada’s premier professional wildlife photographers, John E. Marriott, presents the remarkable stories and photos behind his critically-acclaimed new book, Tall Tales, Long Lenses. 


John is the photographer behind two of three BC Parks license plates and has been featured in National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, Reader’s Digest and Ranger Rick. He’s the star of the web series, EXPOSED with John E. Marriott, and is the wildlife photography columnist for Outdoor Photography Canada magazine. 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, Weldwood Theatre

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. 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. For full details of the seminar content, see the PG Photo Society Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/pgphotoclub/events/?ref=page_internal 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 bstevent@uniserve.com / 250-562-3717 to register and reserve your spot now.

Club Events

1. Going, Going, Gone? The global importance of primary and intact forest landscapes, 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY JANUARY 17, 2018 at The Exploration Place

Dr. Dominick A. DellaSala, Chief Scientist/President, Geos Instute, is the special guest speaker. His topic is the global importance of primary and intact forest landscapes. The very first road built into an intact forest is the beginning of its death by a thousand cuts. Globally, less than a third of the planet’s forests are considered primary (unlogged or virgin) and every day deforestation takes the equivalent area of >86,000 ice hockey arenas. About 80% of the Earth’s terrestrial surface remains roadless (1-km buffer to all roads); however, this area is fragmented into 600,000 pieces. In the US, the Forest Service alone has built enough roads to circumnavigate the globe nearly 20 times. In Canada, logging and energy development have been moving into the most extreme northern boreal forests. In recognition of the declining status of the last wild forested places on the planet, a new coalition of scientists and conservation groups has emerged aimed at creating global awareness for the last of the wild places. Dr. DellaSala’s talk will focus on this global effort with specific reference to BC’s rainforests. This presentation is sponsored jointly by the Prince George Naturalists Club, The Exploration Place, and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions: http://www.pics.uvic.ca
 
NOTE: THIS EVENT REPLACES THE PRESENTATION NIGHT ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY JANUARY 18.
2. Thursday February 15 is our next presentation night
More details coming soon!

Notes

1. Membership 2018 cards
You can pick up your 2018 membership cards at this Wednesday’s talk. The cards are very useful for such things as 10% discounts on bird seed at Spruce Capital Feeds. You can also renew your membership, or join for the first time, at this event, or through Paypal at https://pgnc.wordpress.com/membership/. Membership ($25 single, $40 family, $15 student) also brings you  membership with BC Nature and receipt of its excellent quarterly magazine.
 
2. NRESI Colloquium, Friday January 19, 2018, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., UNBC Room 8-164
Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium Panel Presentation: Wildfires – Dr. Dominic DellaSala, Madeline Maley, Dr. Raina Fumerton, Sonja Leverkus. Anyone from the university or wider community with interest in the topic area is welcome to attend. Presentations are also made available to remote participants through Livestream and Blue Jeans. Go to http://www.unbc.ca/nres-institute/colloquium-webcasts to view the presentation remotely.
3. Provincial Government seeking public input by January 19, 2018,on Professional Reliance in the Natural Resources Sector (submitted by Mike Nash)
In the early 2000s, the provincial government of the day replaced the prescriptive Forest Practices Code with the new Forest and Range Practices Act with a results-based approach that relied on professionals. While this has been successful in reducing costs and red tape, there have inevitably been areas of concern and opportunities for improvement. Now, government is conducting a review of Professional Reliance in the Natural Resources sector, and is accepting public input until January 19, 2018 at: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/professionalreliance/   Increasingly, there are overlapping demands on the natural resources land base. For forestry, some relevant background reading is: A Decade in Review: Observations on Regulation of Forest and Range Practices in British Columbia, pages 18-21, Professional Reliancehttps://www.bcfpb.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/SR46-A-Decade-in-Review.pdf
4. BC Wildlife Health Program Moose Winter Tick Monitoring Program
Provincial wildlife biologists are asking for help in promoting moose health and controlling potentially-deadly winter moose tick infestations. It’s easy to join in: all you need are keen eyes and a love of the great outdoors. Winter ticks are an external parasite found on white-tailed deer, mule deer, bison and elk, although moose are the ticks’ preferred host. The ticks can lead to skin irritation and blood loss for moose and, in cases of severe infestation, can lead to serious health issues and even death. Winter ticks pose no health risk to humans. For more information and ways to participate please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/plants-animals-ecosystems/wildlife/wildlife-health/wildlife-health-matters/moose-health/moose-winter-tick-survey