Girl Guide groups are among the many groups of area children who enjoy activities at Scout Island Nature Centre.

Girl Guide groups are among the many groups of area children who enjoy activities at Scout Island Nature Centre.

Williams Lake Field Naturalists’ annual meeting set for April 7

The Williams Lake Field Naturalists will hold their annual general meeting on Friday, April 7 at Scout island Nature Centre.

The Williams Lake Field Naturalists will hold their annual general meeting on Friday, April 7 at Scout island Nature Centre.

The evening includes a potluck dinner, short business meeting with the election of officers, followed by a nature presentation.

The presentation will be by retired teacher and naturalist Jim Sims with a slideshow about his wildlife studies at Eagle Lake, says president Fred McMechan, who is hoping to retire as president this year.

“I would stay on as president if there is a need, but I am hoping the nominating committee will find a new president,” McMechan said.

If someone is interested in the position McMechan said he would still be on the board as past-president to mentor the new president.

In addition to McMechan, the current board includes vice-president Christie Mayall, secretary Ordell Steen, treasurer Katharine VanSpall and directors Nola Daintith, Cathy Koot, Peter Opie, Ray Hornby, Brian Chapman, Don Lawrence and Chris Coates.

The Williams Lake Field Naturalists are responsible for managing the Scout Island Nature Centre.

“We always encourage people to come to the annual meeting and become a member,” McMechan says. “It is open to the public of course.”

Williams Lake Field Naturalist memberships are $30 for families, $25 for individuals, and $10 for students.

Membership includes receiving the society’s newsletter, The Muskrat Express, which provides information about the various field trips and educational activities offered at the nature centre along with other natural science information.

This year the naturalists are looking to hire two or three university students to help with their 2017 summer programs for children.

Students applying for the positions must have completed at least one year of university to qualify for a position. Candidates should be interested in nature, have taken biology in high school and enjoy working with children. The positions provide full time work May through August.

Applications can be sent to the nature centre’s education co-ordinator Sue Hemphill at shemphill@xplornet.com.

Ken MacKenzie, a local biologist, researcher and wildlife photographer will be the guest presenter at the annual fundraising banquet for Scout Island Nature Centre coming up in April.

MacKenzie will talk about his observations and speculations on the grouse population in the Cariboo Chilcotin.

The banquet and silent auction takes place Friday, April 21 at St. Andrew’s United Church hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the dinner starts at 6:45 p.m.

Tickets are $40 for adults and $15 for students 16 and younger and available at The Open Book, Scout Island Nature Centre and from Williams Lake Field Naturalists.

The naturalists will also be sending a delegate to the BC Nature Conference that will be held in Lillooet May 4 to 7.

The Lillooet Naturalist Society has organized the event that will include many interesting field trips and presenters. Details on registration are available on the Lillooet website www.lillooetnaturalistsocietyorg.

For more information about the Williams Lake Field Naturalists call the nature centre at 250-398-8532 or muskratexpress@shaw.ca or contact Fred McMechan at 250-392-7680 or fred_mcmechan@telus.net