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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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2017 Christmas Bird Counts

If you are able to count birds during any of the following upcoming Christmas period Bird Counts, please register as soon as possible. You may either count birds as a feeder watcher from within your property in the count circle or you may join a team that is covering a part of the count circle. Some count circle maps are on page 304 of "Birds of the Saskatoon Area". Please register using the link to the online form (preferred) or by contacting the couont co-ordinator.

Clark's Crossing (Martensville, Warman)
Saturday, 16. December 2017
Co-ordinator: John Patterson (306-249-0468) or jrpatterson [at]
Registration form:

Qu'Appelle Dam (Elbow)
Sunday, 17. December 2017
Co-ordinator: Michael Williams (306-242-5383)

Gardiner Dam
Monday, 18. December 2017
Co-ordinatror: Guy Wapple (306-249-3280) or gswap [at]

Tuesday, 26. December 2017
Co-ordinator: Stan Shadick (306-652-5975) or stan.shadick [at]
Registration form:

Pike Lake
Saturday, 30. December 2017
Co-ordinator: Murray Morgan (306-290-4078) or bevnmurray [at]


Sunday, 7. January 2018
Sanatorium Site bird walk

We will walk through the former Sanatorium site portion of Holiday Park to look for early arriving winter songbirds. This park is one of five naturalized parks in the city which is managed to promote a diversity of wild birds and mammals.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Place: meet at the south end of Avenue K. Bus: Route 9 Riversdale departs downtown terminal at 8:31 AM and arrives at Avenue K and Schuyler about 8:45 a.m. Walk south one block along Avenue K.
Leader: Kyron Giroux (306-281-6996).
Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: Page 126.

January 20 and 21, 2018
Beauval Area Winter Birding Trip

Members-only field trip to Northwest Saskatchewan. We plan to explore some backroads in this rarely birded area of the province to search for boreal winter songbirds plus any rare diurnal owls such as Great Gray Owl, Northern Hawk Owl or Northern Pygmy Owl. Advance payment for accommodation required (Single room $122.10, Shared room $144.30) at time of registration.

If interested, send e-mail to trips [at] or phone Stan Shadick at 306-652-5975 for details. Space is limited. Carpooling might be possible. Gasoline costs to be shared. Please indicate how many people you can take in your vehicle or if you would need a ride.


Sunday, 28. January 2018
Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility visit

A chance to see the recently constructed aviaries and squirrel cage and learn how this charity looked after over 900 injured and orphaned birds and wild animals during this past year with a goal of releasing them back to the wild.

Time: 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Place: meet at 100 Rayner Avenue in Sutherland, 1 block west of Central Avenue at 115th St. Bus: Route 40 Evergreen departs downtown at 1:46 p.m., University terminal at 1:53 p.m. and arrives at Central and 115th St about 2:00 p.m. Walk 1 block west to Rayner Avenue.
Leader: Jan Shadick (306-281-0554)


Saturday, 3. February 2018
Beaver Creek winter botany

Learn to identify trees and shrubs in winter.

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Place: meet by the grain elevator at the Western Development Museum parking lot, 2610 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: Renny Grilz (306-262-4970).


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:

Visit the Young Naturalists' website for more information:

Program schedule:

Paper Making Workshop
Sunday, 2. December 2017

Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Thursday, 28. December 2017

Saturday, 13. January 2018

Tracks and Scats
Saturday, 20. January 2018

Chickadee Pishing
Saturday, 3. February 2018

Owl Pellet Dissection
Saturday, 17. March 2018

Birdhouse Workshop
Saturday, 14. April 2018

Pike Lake Field Trip
Saturday, 5. May 2018

Great Horned Owl Field Trip
May 2018 TBA

Bluebird Trail
May 30 - July 7, 2018

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. December 2017 (10:00 a.m.)
Gabriel Dumont Museum
Meet at the Museum, 917 22nd St. West. Lunch at Granada House, 904 22nd St. West. If you plan to come for lunch, please contact leaders by Monday, December 4th.

Thursday, 11. January 2018 (10:00 a.m.)
Parr Auto Body
We will see what goes on when they repair our cars. Meet at the site, 336 Packham Ave. (Sutherland). Lunch at Thomas the Cook, 900 Central Ave. (Sutherland), Corner of Central Ave & 109th St. If you plan to come for lunch, please contact leaders by Monday, January 8th.

Hilda Noton 306-374-0674, nottshill [at]
Marge Ketilson 306-373-1028, mketilson [at]

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Last updated: 6 December, 2017