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President's message

I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the holiday season. January is ushered in by the arrival of the Birds of Saskatchewan book. If you pre-ordered a copy with delivery through SNS we will be in touch with you as soon as we have all the necessary information and have finalized plans for the distribution of the books.

This holiday season marked Audubon's 119th Christmas Bird Count Period which ends on January 5, 2019. Thank you to all the volunteers who contributed to this year's counts. More information about the counts is found on our website and at the Audubon website count. Results for all the Christmas counts in the province are published annually in the Blue Jay.

Some might not know that SNS also organizes its own Saskatoon area counts in both the spring and the fall. You might wonder what happens to this additional information. Summaries of the data going back to least 1995 have been digitized. Reports will eventually be submitted to the Provincial Archives for safekeeping, and to ensure the results are accessible for the long-term. There is local interest in this information too. For example, the City of Saskatoon has an Environmental Dashboard on-line that "provides information relating to key categories of the environment - Land, Air, Water and Waste". Our local bird count data is used for one of the performance indicators about the health of the land.

The City's environmental administration prepared a series of reports about building guidelines and strategies to mitigate bird strikes. These reports were presented in early December to a meeting of the City's Standing Policy Committee on Environment, Utilities & Corporate Services. We contributed some written comments to the Committee about the reports.

Thanks to Jan Shadick at Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation (LSWR), and Rick Huziak of the Saskatchewan Light Pollution Abatement Committee who continue to provide information to the City about bird strikes and information about best practices for mitigating these risks. Data about local bird collisions, including locations, bird species and outcomes, were entered by LSWR in an international database at We plan to include information about bird collision reports from 2018 in Saskatoon in an upcoming SNS newsletter. Information for Saskatoon residents about how to make a yard more bird-friendly will be included in the City's Healthy Yards program.

Remember our meetings move to Room 1130 in the new E-wing of Health Sciences on the University Campus, beginning in January. Information about the new location is provided on page 6 and will be posted 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 about the new meeting location.

Valerie Martz
SNS President

Last updated: 7 January, 2019