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President's Corner

Finally, spring has arrived after a few false starts. Who imagined we would be waiting until May to look for crocuses? After the long winter, we have enjoyed going for drives in the country to see the first meadowlarks and returning waterfowl.

In this month's newsletter you will find described many different trips, organized by the field trip committee for this spring. Please join us at our annual spring picnic at Stoffel's acreage on May 17. Several activities are planned during the NatureCity Festival, May 22 - 27th, 2018. Festival organizers invite us to explore the natural networks of our ecosystems. This year's theme is: Âniskopicikêwin: Things Are Linked Together. See our field trip list for more information, and watch the Festival website for information about other interesting events: www.wildaboutsaskatoon.org

Thanks to a grant we obtained from Nature Saskatchewan we were able help sponsor the keynote speaker for the Festival, Dr. Harvey Locke. Dr. Locke is a conservationist, writer, and photographer. He is recognized as a global leader in the field of parks, wilderness and large landscape conservation. He is a founder of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative and of the Nature Needs Half Movement. He will be speaking at Castle Theatre in Aden Bowman Collegiate from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the evening of May 25.

On the Saturday of the Festival, May 26, we have our Spring Bird Count. Volunteers are needed to help with the survey. Beginners are welcome, and will be partnered with an experienced leader. For more information please see the description in the field trip section of the newsletter. Another upcoming event is Nature Saskatchewan's Spring Meet to be held June 9 to 10. The meet will be based in Coronach and will explore the Big Muddy area. More information is available at www.naturesask.ca/get-involved/spring-meet or in the "Blue Jay" publication.

Thank you to Peter Flood again for organizing a very interesting series of speakers on a wide range of topics this past season. Please forward any suggestions for speakers for 2018-2019 to Peter at 306-652-0486 or peter.flood [at] usask.ca.

We hope to see at some of these events in May and June.

Valerie Martz
SNS President

   
   
Last updated: 30 May, 2018