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President's message

We have an early start to winter this year, but there is no need to hibernate as the Field Trip Committee has been busy planning trips, and there are several bird counts in our area in December and early January. See the newsletter for more information. You will note that some of our field trips are scheduled for members only. If you are not a member, we encourage you to become one. Members receive discounts to three local businesses: Don's Photos, Early's, and Wild Birds Unlimited. See the newsletter for details.

Your membership helps support our nature education efforts through financial support to the Young Naturalist Program, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, and our Kids in Nature Grants. In 2018, we granted $2500 in total to two programs that provided several hundred local school-age children with opportunities to engage in nature and supported Meewasin's Dark Sky Night at Beaver Creek.

Being a member helps strengthen our voice when addressing conservation issues, and in our talks with civic decision makers. We have provided input to several long range planning initiatives including the City's Green Infrastructure Strategy, and recently provided input about upgrades to the portion of the Meewasin Trail from the new Children's Discovery Museum to the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan site.

Thanks to our current members for your ongoing support. If your membership is up for renewal you will receive an email from Claire Bullaro. If you receive a hard copy of the newsletter the expiry date of your newsletter is on the mailing label. Please consider renewing now if your membership is due for renewal. It helps manage our costs, and reduces volunteer time to send out reminders. You can use the membership form at the end of the newsletter or bring it to the membership table at the next meeting. You may also pay electronically by e-transfer. Details about membership options, including opting for an electronic newsletter, membership in Nature Saskatchewan, and donations to our funds including the Kids in Nature Fund are found on the back page of this newsletter. Thank you for your continued support if you have already renewed your membership.

Starting in January, 2019, our meetings move to Room 1130, a lecture theatre in the new E-wing of Health Sciences on Campus as construction continues in the Biology Building. Information about how to access the new location will be provided in the January newsletter and on our website. The room is easily accessible from the new Health Sciences parkade or from parking lot 1 across from Place Riel or by City bus.

Feel free to contact me at 306-249-0468 or president [at] if you have any questions. Have a safe, happy holiday season, and all the best in 2019.

Valerie Martz
SNS President

Last updated: 30 November, 2018