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Field trips


Invite your friends! All are welcome to participate in field trips. Carpooling for out-of-town trips is arranged at the meeting place. There are no fees unless indicated; however, participants are expected to share gasoline costs and should make arrangements with the driver to do so. Phone the trip leader if you have any questions. Participants can return early if they wish. Members with CB or FRS radios should bring them on out-of-town trips. For information on city buses, phone 306-975-3100.

Many of our trip destinations are described in the Guide to Nature Viewing Sites in and around Saskatoon.

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June 2–4, 2017
Nature Saskatchewan Spring Meet at Candle Lake

www.naturesask.ca/get-involved/spring-meet

 

Tuesday, 6. June 2017
Patterson Gardens walk

We will look at their tree collection. See http://patterson-arboretum.usask.ca for map and information.

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Place: meet at their parking area off Horticulture Way, which is accessed from Preston Avenue going north from 14th St towards College.
Leader: Sara Bryson (306-261-6156)

 

June 10–11, 2017
Ness Creek field trip

A visit to the forested area west of Prince Albert National Park. Please email hiller841 [at] hotmail.com by May 23rd to express interest in participating so plans can be finalized before the end of May.
If you are staying overnight, accommodation needs to be booked before June 1 at http://discovernesscreek.com/facilities/cabin-rentals/

Place: the trip plans to depart from SW corner of Lawson Heights Mall at 7:00 a.m.
Leader: Alice Hiller (306-381-7271)

 

Sunday, 11. June 2017
Butterfly walk

We plan to drive to the Stuglin acreage near Pike Lake and walk the property in search of butterflies. This trip provides an opportunity for novices to learn their butterflies.

Time: 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Place: meet by the Grain Elevator at the Western Development Museum parking lot on Lorne Ave. Bus: Route 1 Exhibition departs downtown terminal at 12:31 pm and arrives on Lorne Ave adjacent to museum about 12:50 pm.
Leader: Michael Williams (306-242-5383)

 

Wednesday, 14. June 2017
Richard St Barbe Baker Park

We will walk through this afforestation area next to Chappell Marsh to search for native plants and songbirds.

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: meet by the Grain Elevator at the Western Development Museum parking lot on Lorne Ave. Bus: Route 1 Exhibition departs downtown terminal at 6:31 pm and arrives on Lorne Ave adjacent to museum about 6:50 pm.
Leaders: Sara Bryson (306-261-6156) and Marten Stoffel (306-230-9291)
Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: Page 122

 

Saturday, 17. June 2017
May Haga Memorial Bird Walk - Lakewood and Heritage parks

We will walk the trails in these parks that were some of May Haga's favourite areas to explore.

Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Place: meet at the north end of the gravel parking lot east of the library. Bus: Route 50 Lakeview departs U of S terminal at 7:23 am and arrives at McKercher Avenue and Heritage Cres about 7:40 am.
Leader: Robert Johanson (306-653-2610)
Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: Pages 72 & 84

 

Saturday, 24. June 2017
Sask. Breeding Bird Atlas point counts

We plan to conduct point counts for birds and then visit a wetland. Go to http://sk.birdatlas.ca/ for information about this atlas project. Phone the leader if you want to do your own surveys.

Time: 7:00 am - 10:00 am
Place: meet at the NW corner of the parking lot for the Centre mall at Circle and 8th. Bus: Route 8 (8th St) departs downtown at 6:31 am and arrives on 8th St adjacent to mall about 6:50 am. Route 50 departs U of S at 6:23 AM and arrives on 8th at mall about 6:35 am.
Leader: Stan Shadick (306-652-5975)

Saturday, 1. July 2017
Wild Orchids field trip

We will drive to the Nisbet forest (north of Duck Lake) and look for lady-slippers and other wild orchids. Bring lunch, mosquito repellent and rubber boots.

Time: 9:15 am - 2:00 pm
Place: meet at south-west corner of the Lawson Heights Mall parking lot Bus: Route 30 Lawson Heights departs downtown terminal at 8:46 am and arrives at Lawson terminal at 9:05 am. Walk to SW corner of parking lot.
Leader: Bob Godwin (306-343-8590)

 

Saturday, 8. July 2017
North American butterfly count

Download checklist from SNS website. If raining, count will be postponed to July 9.

Time: 8:45 am - ?
Place: meet at the NW corner of the parking lot for the Centre at Circle and 8th Mall. Bus: Route 50 Lakeview departs U of S campus at 8:23 am and 4 arrives on 8th St adjacent to mall about 8:35 am. Route 8/84 departs downtown terminal at 8:16 am and arrives on 8th at mall about 8:30 am. Contact leader for details.
Leader: Juhachi Asai (306-373-1969).

 

Sunday, 9. July 2017
Botany trip to Beaver Creek Conservation Area

We will drive to Beaver Creek and then go for a walk looking for native wildflowers. Bring a water bottle and a hat.

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Place: meet by the grain elevator at the Western Development Museum (WDM)parking lot on Lorne Ave. Bus: Route 1 Exhibition departs downtown terminal at 8:31 am and arrives on Lorne Avenue next to WDM entrance at about 8:50 am. Walk to the old grain elevator.
Leader: Sara Bryson (306-261-6156)
Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: Page 20

 

Saturday, 15. July 2017
Douglas Park sand dunes hike

We will explore the sand dunes in this park and look for tiger beetles plus other insects, wildflowers and birds.

Time: 7:00 am - 5:00 p
Place: meet at the NW corner of the Circle Center Mall parking lot (8th Street and Circle Drive). Bus: Route 50 Lakeview departs U of S campus at 6:23 am and arrives on 8th St adjacent to mall about 6:6:35 am.
Leader: Joshua Erikson (306-270-5430)

 

Sunday, 16. July 2017
Dragonfly and Damselfly viewing

We will visit a nearby wetland to look for dragonflies and damselflies. Rubber boots and repellant may be useful.

Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Place: meet at the NW corner of the Circle Center Mall parking lot (8th Street and Circle Drive). Bus: Route 55 Lakeridge departs U of S terminal at 12:53 pm and arrives on 8th St adjacent to mall about 1:06 pm. Route 8/81 departs downtown terminal at 12:46 pm and arrives on 8th by mall about 1:05 pm.
Leader: Lorne Duczek (306-249-0305).

 

Young Naturalists

Nature activities for 5-11 year olds

The Young Naturalists is all about nature activities for kids and their families. Each program offers interesting activities geared for children aged 5 to 11 years. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Enrolment is limited on most programs, so register early. You can register by calling 975–3042 or by e-mail at: saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com

Visit the Young Naturalists' website for more information: www.saskatoonzoosociety.ca/programs/young-naturalists

Program schedule:

Great Horned Owl Field Trip
(Sold out)

Bluebird Trail starts
Wednesday, 31. May 2017

NEW: Lee Valley/CHEP butterfly
house workshop

Thursday, 1. June 2017 - Sold out

June (all month) Bluebird Trail continues

Butterfly field trip
14. July 2017


Golden Eagles

The Golden Eagles, a sub-group of Saskatoon Nature Society, invites retirees and partners who are interested in birds and the natural world to join our field trips. Participants should be members of the Saskatoon Nature Society and consider membership in Nature Saskatchewan, our provincial affiliate. Bring lunch, drinks and chairs, unless otherwise noted.

Members with CB or FRS radios should bring them on out-of-town trips.

Carpooling for out-of-town trips is usually arranged at the meeting place. Participants are expected to share gasoline costs and should make arrangements with the driver to do so. Unless indicated, there is no other charge. However, if a trip involves a guided tour of a facility, participants may be asked to make a donation to the facility.

Unless otherwise arranged, we meet on Thursdays at Churchill Shopping Centre, Taylor St. & Clarence Ave. Participants can depart early, if they wish. Phone trip leader if you have any questions. Dress for the weather.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 7:30 a.m.
Warblers in the Borden area

Leaders: Bill & Audrey MacKenzie (306-373-2872)

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:30 a.m.
Shorebirds in Perdue area

Leader: Guy Wapple (306-249-3280)

Friday, June 2, 2017
Nature Saskatchewan Spring Meet at Candle Lake

Leaders: Bill and Audrey MacKenzie (306-373-2872) More information to follow.

Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 7:30 a.m
St. Isadore-de-Bellevue museum and area

Lunch at the local restaurant. Please contact John or Val by June 4, if you plan to attend.
Leaders: John Patterson and Val Martz. (306-249-0468)

Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 7:30 a.m.
Vision Quest and Bents

An experience of a lifetime: we have obtained special permission to visit a Vision Quest in the Bear Hills, and the noted ghost town of Bents, both now closed to the public. Entrance to Vision Quest depends on road condition, now often flooded.
Leaders: Doug and Irene Schmeiser (306-374-4360)

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 8:00 am
Saskatoon's Historic Trees

An SOS Elms representative will take us on a tour of Saskatoon's historic trees. Lunch at a nearby restaurant. Please contact Hilda Noton (306-374-0674), by June 18, if you plan to do lunch. Leader: Hilda Noton

Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 8:00 am
Donna Birkmaier Park

Page 60 in Nature Viewing Sites. Picnic lunch at the park.
Leader: Hilda Noton (306-374-0674)

   
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