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Field trips and events during the NatureCity Festival

Saskatoon Nature Society is organizing a variety of field trip during the NatureCity Festival in Saskatoon, from May 23 - May 28, 2017. Everyone is welcome to participate in any field trip. Bring your friends. Phone the trip leader if you have any questions. Participants are free to depart early if they wish.

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Tuesday, 23. May 2017
Mendel Riverbank Bird Walk

We will look for water birds on the river and songbirds in the bushes on shore. Bring your lunch. You will have a chance to explore the habitat that could be flooded by the proposed hydro-electric project at the weir.

Time: 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Place: meet at Prairie Lily boat dock below Mendel gallery.
Leader: Michael Williams (306-242-5383)
Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: page 100

 

Tuesday, May 23 and 30, 2017 (7:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.)
Birdwatching for Beginners Class

This course will cover the basics of birding and is open to both novices and experienced birders. The first session will be an indoor seminar that will meet in Room 130 Physics building on University of Saskatchewan campus. This seminar will summarize tips for using field guides to identify common Saskatoon area birds. The following Tuesday evening will be an outdoor field trip restricted to registered participants in the class.

Advance registration is required. The registration fee for non-members of the society is $20 per person, which includes a 2017 Saskatoon Nature Society membership. Mail a cheque payable to the society along with their name, phone number and email address to:

Saskatoon Nature Society
P.O. Box 448, RPO University
Saskatoon, SK S7N 4J8

Any current members of the society who wish to take this Birdwatching course may register at no cost. They should email their name and phone number to: trips [at] saskatoonnaturesociety.sk.ca as soon as they know that they will be available to attend the course. If you have any questions, use this email address or phone Stan Shadick at (306) 652-5975.

 

Wednesday, 24. May 2017 (7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
BIRDS Birds In Real Danger

Saskatoon Nature Society and EcoFriendly Saskatchewan are providing financial support to bring in invited speaker Michael Mesure of Birdsafe and Toronto's Fatal Light Attraction Program (FLAP) for a free public lecture at Frances Morrison Library in Saskatoon. Event host, Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation invite anyone who cares about our wild neighbours, especially our feathered friends, and wants to learn about how to protect birds from colliding with our buildings.

Birds have been hitting glass on buildings since glass was invented. For the past 27 years, Michael Mesure has been trying to reduce avian mortality. Michael is the force behind Toronto's Fatal Light Attraction Program (FLAP) and BirdSafe. He will be in Saskatoon to offer his perspective and expertise on our buildings; where we are on the right track, and where we can do a better job of keeping our birds safe from windows. Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation receives dozens of birds injured by window strikes each year. We would like to increase awareness in the public and to inspire people to take a bigger role in reducing the number of birds hitting windows and buildings in Saskatoon. Please join us for this important, education and WILD event!

 

Friday, 26. May 2017
Birds In Real Danger - field trip

Help us walk downtown Saskatoon streets with Michael Mesure from Toronto's BirdSafe program to search for any injured or dead birds that may have hit windows in buildings overnight. We are hoping to find people to do this on a regular basis as a new initiative by Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation, funded in part by a City of Saskatoon grant. This walk will help us identify which buildings to target for future visits. Michael's visit is paid for by grants from Saskatoon Nature Society and EcoFriendly Sask.

Time: 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Place: meet at NE corner of 22ndSt & 4th Ave by the Saskatoon Square Building Leaders: Michael Mesure with Jan Shadick (306-281-0554)

 

Friday, May 26 and Thursday June 15, 2017 (7:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.)
Wildflower Identification 101: Legume and Rose Family

This introductory workshop will focus on key identification features of common wildflowers in the legume and rose families. Wildflowers (and a few shrubs) that are found in the Saskatoon Region will be discussed‎ including the tricks to identifying these plants from leaf, flower, and even seed heads. The first session will be held in Room 130 Physics building. The follow-up field trip to the workshop will be at Cranberry Flats Conservation Area where the prairie is rich in wildflowers.

Advance registration is required. The registration fee for non-members of the society is $20 per person, which includes a 2017 Saskatoon Nature Society membership. Mail a cheque payable to the society along with their name, phone number and email address to:

Saskatoon Nature Society
P.O. Box 448, RPO University
Saskatoon, SK S7N 4J8

Any current members of the society who wish to take this Wildflower ID course may register at no cost. They should email their name and phone number to: trips [at] saskatoonnaturesociety.sk.ca as soon as they know that they will be available to attend the course. If you have any questions, use this email address or phone Stan Shadick at (306) 652-5975.

 

Saturday, 27. May 2017 (all day)
Spring Bird Count

Participants are needed to help us survey the bird populations in the city and surrounding natural regions during the peak of spring migration. Novices are welcome and will be assigned to an experienced group leader. Phone Michael Williams at 306-242-5383 by May 25 or email trips [at] saskatoonnaturesociety.sk.ca to be assigned to a group.

 

Sunday, 28. May 2017
Shorebird Driving Trip to Radisson Lake

We plan to drive to this wetland area to look for migrating shorebirds.

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Place: meet at the SW corner of the parking lot for Lawson Heights Mall. Bus: Route 12 River Heights departs downtown terminal at 9:16 am and arrives at mall at 9:43 am. Walk to SW corner of parking lot.
Leader: Daniel Giesbrecht (306-850-9297)

 

Sunday, 28. May 2017
Firefly Night Walk at NE Swale

We will listen for the calls of the night birds and watch for fireflies.

Time: 9:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Place: meet at the swale on Lowe Road. Drive north on Central Ave, turn right on Fedoruk Drive (or Agra Road), turn left onto Lowe Road; NE Swale is next to the slough on the east side of road before reaching the Saskatoon Wildlife Federation building. No Bus service.
Leader: Marten Stoffel (306-230-9291).

Check out the Saskatoon NatureCity Festival web site at www.wildaboutsaskatoon.org for the full program.

   
   
Last updated: 12 May, 2017