The Nicola Naturalists have had heir AGM and are onto the fall program with monthly speakers and activities. A big one is the Christmas bird count likely to be in the weekend of the 17 th of December any one keen on taking on a supporting or another role in the count would do well to start thinking for this annual event.
The October meeting will be on ants with speaker Dr. Bob Higgins of Thompson Rivers University. The talk is titled Ants of British Columbia ecological giants; the meeting will begin at 7 pm on the third Thursday as usual.

Ants are one of the most successful groups of animals on the planet. About 15,000 species have been described and they contribute more biomass to most ecosystems than any other animal group. Dr. Rob Higgins is an entomologist at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops – a keen naturalist and an enthusiastic speaker. He will describe this diversity of ants and the ecological roles that ants play in British Columbia. He will also talk about new arrivals – the fire ants – that are overshadowing our native species.

The Christmas bird count for members goes beyond the local count to compilation and a reading  of the health of the ecosystem in respect to how the critters are doing.

You don’t have to be an expert birder to participate in our Christmas Bird Count. It is a great way to get to learn the local winter birds – each birding group has at least one experienced birder. Followed by a festive potluck for participants. If you are interested in participating and not already on the contact list send us an e-mail


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