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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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September 29 – October 1, 2017
Nature Saskatchewan Fall meet at Elbow

More information at: www.naturesask.ca/get-involved/fall-meet

 

Saturday, 7. October 2017
Whooping Crane field trip

We will drive in search of any reported Whoopers within 100 km of the city. Bring a lunch, drinking water and warm clothing.

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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 7:25 a.m. and arrives on 8th St adjacent to mall about 7:35 a.m. Route 8/84 departs downtown terminal at 7:16 a.m. and arrives on 8th at mall about 7:30 a.m. Walk to NW corner of parking lot.
Leader: Michael Williams (306-242-5383)

 

Monday, 9. October 2017
Woodlawn cemetery bird walk

Work up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner by strolling through Woodlawn Cemetery and visiting the weir. We'll look for late fall migrants and early-returning winter residents.

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Place: meet at the Cemetery's gate, just off 33rd St, on Memorial Ave, west of Warman Road. Bus: Route 14 North Industrial departs downtown terminal at 9:01 a.m. and arrives at 33rd St and 1st Ave about 9:10 a.m. Walk east 2 short blocks to Memorial Avenue.
Leader: Michael Williams (306-242-5383).
Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: Page 154

Sunday, 15. October 2017
Pike Lake birding and Vanscoy fall supper

We will look for winter visitors to the park. Wear warm clothing. The chickadees will gratefully accept donations of sunflower seeds. After Pike Lake, some may wish to travel to Vanscoy Hall for their Fall Supper.

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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 p.m. and arrives on Lorne Avenue next to museum about 12:50 p.m.
Leader: To be arranged by participants.
Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: Page 108

 

Sunday, 29. October 2017
Blackstrap Lake birding

We will drive to this lake ½ hour SE of the city to look for any rare migratory waterfowl. We have a chance of possibly finding arctic-nesting waterfowl such as Surf Scoter, Long-tailed Duck or Pacific Loon. Bring a lunch. You may optionally stay for the Dundurn fall supper after this trip.

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Place: meet at the NW corner of the parking lot for the Centre mall at Circle and 8th. Bus: Route 55 Lakeridge departs U of S terminal at 12:56 p.m. and arrives at bus stop on 8th St adjacent to mall at about 1:06 p.m. Walk to NW corner of parking lot.
Route 81 departs downtown at 12:46 p.m. and arrives adjacent to mall at 1:05 p.m.
Leader: John Patterson (306-249-0468)
Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: Page 24.

 

Sunday, 12. November 2017
Mendel Riverbank and Weir bird walk

We will walk along the riverbank to the weir looking for late autumn songbirds and waterfowl.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Leader: Robert Johanson (306-653-2610)
Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: Page 100

 

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 306-975-3395 or by e-mail at: saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com

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

Program schedule:

Sandhill Crane Field Trip
Saturday, 23. September 2017

Northern Saw-whet Owl Field Trip
October - TBA

Bird Feeder Workshop
Sunday, November

Paper Making Workshop
Sunday, 2. December 2017

Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Thursday, 28. December 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, 7. September 2017 (8 a.m.)
Wolf Willow Winery
Leaders: Dave and Louise Cook (306-955-4764)

Thursday, 14. September 2017 (8:00 a.m.)
Pike Lake area, including Devic Center
Leaders: Bill and Audrey MacKenzie (306-373-2872)

Thursday, 21. September 2017 (8:00 a.m.)
Fall migration south of Delisle
Leader: Bob Girvan (306-493-2686)

Friday, 29. September 2017 (9:00 a.m.)
Nature Saskatchewan Fall Meet at Elbow
Note day (Friday) and time changes
Leaders: Bill and Audrey MacKenzie (306-373-2872)

Thursday, 5. October 2017 (9:00 a.m.)
Whooping Cranes
Leader: Michael Williams (306-242-5383)

Thursday, 12. October 2017 (9:00 a.m.)
Blackstrap, Indi Lakes area
Leaders: John Patterson and Valerie Martz (306-249-0468)

Thursday, 19. October 2017 (9:00 a.m.)
Forestry Farm and Zoo
Leader: Christine Christensen (306-374-0944)

Thursday, 26. October 2017 (5:00 p.m.)
Turkey Supper at Queen's House
601 Taylor St. West
Cost: $20 (cash please) includes dessert, beverage, tax and use of AV equipment. Please bring images on a thumb drive as well as share interesting sightings.
RSVP to Bill or Audrey MacKenzie (306-373-2872), or Christine Christensen (306-374-0944), or Bob Girvan (306-493-2686).

   
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