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President's Corner

It is March already so time for our annual general meeting and members' image night. Please join us for a short business meeting, followed by what is always amazing and interesting pictures taken by our members. Also in March is Gardenscape, to be held March 25-28. It is a great opportunity to inform the public about our organization so please consider volunteering for a few hours at our display. Besides helping support the Society, you will save yourself the cost of admission to the event. This year, Jan Shadick with Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation will be giving a talk on the afternoon of Mar 25 on "Bird Safe Yards". I mentioned last month that Jan is leading a local initiative, including with help from the Society, to follow up on the visit of Michael Mesure, of FLAP (Fatal Light Attraction Protection) Canada during the 2017 Nature City Festival.

In addition to a presentation at Gardenscape, a one page information sheet about bird strikes on windows has been developed by the group to post on our website, and will be distributed to the city's community associations for inclusion in their newsletters. We want to get more information about the scope of the problem in the Saskatoon area, and provide residents with preventative measures and action to take if they find dead or injured birds. Research estimates 25 million birds die from colliding with windows every year in Canada. This is especially a problem during spring and fall migration as birds have no understanding of glass. If not killed outright, an injured bird is an easy target for predators. Windows or glass railings often deceive birds since trees, sky, and houseplants reflected in windows or a view straight through a building may appear as an unobstructed flight path.

Those of you who walk or drive along Spadina Crescent will note that there is more work planned on the Meewasin Trail from Queen St. to the Children's Discovery Museum (site of the former Mendel Gallery). The Society has provided input to Meewasin on this next phase of work to encourage protection of habitat provided by existing Manitoba Maples, ash and shrubs.

Plans are being made for field trips in the spring. Please contact Stan Shadick at stan.shadick [at] or 306- 652-5975 if you wish to lead a field trip or you have an idea for a field trip.

Thank you to everyone for your support during my first year as president.

Valerie Martz
SNS President

Last updated: 4 March, 2018