The Williams Lake Field Naturalists will present a free public program at the Scout Island Nature Centre on Pink Mountain with naturalist Ron Long on Oct. 10 starting at 7:30 p.m.
The biodiversity of Pink Mountain is unmatched in British Columbia but it is threatened by resource development.
The talk will discuss the fascinating natural history of Pink Mountain with an emphasis on its rare and rarely seen plants and then move on to the threat and a possible solution.
The mountain is also known for its arctic butterflies.
Ron Long worked as a professional photographer at Simon Fraser University for 36 years.
For 15 years he photographed exclusively for the Biological Sciences Department and so has a great deal of biology in his background.
Now retired Ron travels almost constantly to interesting places around the world to, of course, take pictures.
Nature photography in general and wildflowers in particular are his preferred subjects but, in fact, he photographs anything that promises to make an interesting picture.
He frequently takes groups of like-minded people with him on his travels, which greatly enhances the experience for all and reduces costs.
During his brief periods at home Ron enjoys giving talks about his experiences to interested groups.
Ron is vice-president of the Native Plant Society of BC, is active in the Vancouver Natural History Society and is on the Speakers Committee at VanDusen Gardens.
Pink Mountain Provincial Park is located approximately 180 km northwest of Fort St. John.
The area has an international reputation as the most accessible spot in northern B.C. to observe Arctic butterflies.