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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 sjkinsey@direct.ca.


Naturalist Club Notes and Events, October 4th, 2013

Shows a small bird on a post, an American Pipit.

American Pipit

Photo: American Pipits are on the move south, and just occasionally stop, like this fellow over the weekend, to pose for the cameras.


Nature and Outdoor Recreation Centre for Prince George: Consultant Report
Anne Hogan and I attended a meeting yesterday at which the external consultant gave a report on the preferred location for the Centre. While cautioning that this was tentative only, she indicated that the best location would seem to be the Forests For the World/UNBC/Greenway Trail area.  Anne and I continued, however, to promote the merits first of the Hudson’s Bay Wetland/Fort George Park area, and alternatively, of a split site connecting the Wetland with Cottonwood Island Park.

The consultant reiterated that her recommendations were preliminary only, and she was still seeking input, and thus encouraged members of the Naturalists Club to send on their views. To do so, please email her at jwhite@mcelhanney.com

Upcoming Club Events

1. Hudson’s Bay Walk and Boardwalk Planning, 10:00 am, Sunday October 6 
Robin Draper will lead a morning walk to look at potential locations for boardwalks and observation features. Meet at The Exploration Place parking lot. Waterproof boots could prove handy.

2. Lost Lake BioBlitz 2, Sunday October 20,  8:30 am to 12:30 pm
This will be the second Club trip to Lost Lake, this time walking to the lake itself from Big Fir Road in Beaverly. Members may either carpool from Spruceland at 8:30, or meet at the first bend on Big Fir Road at 9:00.

3. Club General Meeting, Exploration Place, 7:00 pm, Thursday October 24
This is an important general meeting at which a new constitution and some policies related to the Hudson’s Bay project will be presented for ratification. After concluding the business, Steven Dubas will give a presentation on the work being done by the Tabor Mountain Recreation Society .


1. Peace-Williston Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program seeks a third public board member
This program, which provides funding to many nature-related projects, will shortly be seeking new projects to fund, so it is a particularly important time to be involved. See the attachment for details.

2. Good News about Salmon
The Fraser River has, against expectations, been awash with pink salmon: see http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/pink-salmon-reaching-fraser-river-in-massive-numbers/article14298697/

3. Observatory Open Houses
The Friday Open House fall season has resumed, starting after 7:30pm or 30 minutes after sunset, as long as the sky is 50% or greater clear. See http://pgrasc.org for details.

4. Bird-Window Collisions
The University of Alberta is seeking assistance on a project addressing the fact that an estimated one billion birds die in North America each year through collision with windows. To help with the citizen science,  go to http://birdswindows.biology.ual

Clive Keen

Prince George Naturalists Club Notes & Events, July 6th, 2013

Lost Lake BioBlitz, Sunday, July 7, 8:45 am start for part or whole day
This is a follow-up to the discussion at the AGM about the Beaverly Community Association’s proposal to manage the Lost Lake area as an Interpretive Forest. PGNC members proposed holding a BioBlitz to become familiar with the Lost Lake area and understand its potential – this is it!

Whatever your naturalist interests — insects, wildflowers, birds, fish, trees, fungi, bats, amphibians, mammals, whatever — please head out and help with creation of an inventory.

Meet at the Spruceland Shopping Centre under the large sign as per normal, and if you intend to stay for the whole day, bring a lunch. Identification books for your area of interest could also come in handy. (If you know the way, you could instead meet at 9:00 am at 14305 Westbe Road.)


1 Caving
Some members asked for any information on caving. There’s now a uTube movie of the local caving club’s preliminary visit to the remote Taku region, in a quest to find Canada’s deepest cave. A follow-up two-week fly-in trip is to take place in August. See http://youtu.be/b0Tp6mHzwx0

2. Osprey cam
You can watch a chick being fed on Otway Road via a webcam at: http://ospreycam.click2stream.com


PGNC Events and Notes, may 26th, 2013

1. Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program – input needed
There’ll be an important FWCP meeting on June 4, at 6-9 pm in the PG Library. The program dispenses significant funds for fish and wildlife projects, and the meeting will help set priorities for the next five years. This is an excellent opportunity to the club to learn about and influence the program.


1. Bear encounter
Also attached is a photo of a large black bear Dave King encountered on Sunday on the Giscombe trail. It was just 30-40 ft from him and, oddly, it was not at all disturbed by the noise of his chainsaw. It reluctantly went up a tree 15 feet, allowing Dave, with chainsaw still running, to pass right underneath.
Bear with front paws on tree looking at you.
2. Star gazing
This week, three planets – Venus, Jupiter and Mercury – are converging in the evening western horizon. On the 25th and 26th, they will form a small triangle. This is a perfect opportunity to observe with binoculars – you’ll see that they are discs, not points (showing them to be planets rather than stars) and some moons should be visible.

3. Birds and windows
Some pleasing news from the U.S: reacting to the fact that up to a billion birds die every year in window collisions, a new bill calls for each federal public building to  incorporate, to the maximum extent possible, bird-safe building materials  and design features.
A Blue-winged Warbler perched on a twig.

Garbage, Photo’s, Conservation & Feguson Lake – May 8th, 2012

1.  Garbage Clean-up, Sunday,  13 May, 11:00 am
Make the natural world a bit nicer this weekend. The Shelley Lagoons provide arguably the best wildlife habitat in the Prince George region. This hare

Hare looking to the left


was showing off his summer coat there on Sunday, bucketloads of toads have spring fever, muskrat can practically always be seen now the ice is off, and there’s a huge array of ducks and shorebirds on show. Some extremely rare species have been seen there in recent years.

The lagoons themselves are kept in reasonable condition by the city, but the approach area, where naturalists leave their cars, is a real mess, strewn with garbage. The place deserves better:  Let’s clear it up.

If you can spare the time, meet at the Spruceland mall under the large sign at 11:00 am, or at the entrance to the lagoons at 11:20. Bring work gloves and boots, clean-up clothing, and perhaps garbage bags.  With a good turnout, we’ll have it all cleaned up by one o’clock.  Anyone interested can then join in with a count of the number of species to be seen around the lagoons themselves – bring binos for that.

2. PGNC Photographic Non-Competition
Staffan Lindgren* and I have been discussing a club photo competition, but have come up with something better:  a non-competition where members people show photos displaying any aspect of the natural world in which they are interested, and tell us about the shots. The photographs don’t have to be of high technical standard or taken with expensive gear: a fuzzy shot of a wolverine and the story of its sighting will be at least as welcome — probably more so –as a technically superb shot of a house finch.

The details haven’t been worked out yet, but meanwhile, keep taking photographs, and put some of them aside with a view to taking part in an evening’s show-and-tell.

3. Conservation projects
The club has been contacted by the Peace Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program. Amongst other things they are looking for ideas for fish and wildlife and habitat enhancement projects, particularly those to be led by the club. if you have any ideas, please contact any of the club’s executive (Sandra Kinsey, Carol Fairhurst, Anne Hogan, Sandra Hepburn and me.)

4. Ferguson Lake – Public Consultation Meeting,  7: 00 pm, May 16th, onsite, corner of Ferguson Lake Rd and Edward Road
Members will remember that the city’s initial fire suppression plans for the Ferguson Lake area caused something of a furore last winter.  The City is now taking a second look at how fire suppression can be effected, using Job Creation Funding to allow for low impact hand work.  This looks to meet the concerns expressed last time round by naturalists and residents, but members of the public are invited to attend a meeting to consider the new plans.

*Incidentally, Staffan ID’d the huge lizard whose photo was shown at the April 26 event: it was an Argentinian Tegu, which grows to 4.5 feet.

Clive Keen

Event Updates

1. Next Club Event: Thursday, August 25, 7:00 pm.
This is an evening field trip. We’ll be heading to various nearby locations to seek out and identify invasive plants (plus whatever else crosses our path). The trip leader is Andrea Eastham, Program Manager, Northwest Invasive Plant Council, who will also explain why invasive plants are a problem, and what we can do about it. The current plan is to meet up at the Parks / MOE Headquarters on 18th Avenue, and car pool from there. More details will be provided closer to the time.

2. Fungi Trip?
Fields and woods are currently loaded with fungi of various kinds.  If you are knowledgeable about fungi – particularly edible and apparently-but-NOT-edible types – please let me know, as a field trip would be of interest to many.

3. Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program
There’s now a fine online magazine for the Province’s three fish & wildlife compensation programs, which have been loosely amalgamated into one. The URL is horrendously long, but the following will get you there:

4. Application to build cat skiing operation on BearPaw Ridge
Members may have views about this application, which is adjacent to the current motorized closure areas for the Mountain Caribou Recovery Implementation Plan. The link below will describe the project, trails, proposed buildings, qualifications etc, and gives a place to click to submit comments:
Comments are being accepted until August 20 2011.

Clive Keen

PS: shorebirds are currently coming through Prince George in good numbers. This guy was one of many found at Shelley on Tuesday.

Shore birds