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All are welcome to participate in field trips. Invite your friends! 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 3rd edition of Guide to Nature Viewing Sites in and around Saskatoon.

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Saturday,1. December 2018
Gardiner Dam birding

We will look for ducks, geese, gulls and eagles. Dress warmly and bring a lunch.

Time: 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
Place: meet on the west side of the parking lot west of the Sports on Tap bar north of Western Development Museum. https://goo.gl/maps/MyshGfcWzey Bus: Route 1 Exhibition departs downtown terminal at 8:31 a.m. and arrives on Lorne Avenue next to museum about 8:50 a.m.
Leader: Robert Johanson (306-653-2610).

 

Sunday, 13. January 2019
Chorney acreage bird feeders

We plan to visit this acreage south of the city which had the highest concentration of birds found during Saskatoon's Boxing Day bird count.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Place: meet on the west side of the parking lot west of the Sports on Tap bar north of Western Development Museum. https://goo.gl/maps/MyshGfcWzey Bus: Route 1 Exhibition departs downtown terminal at 8:31 a.m. and arrives on Lorne Avenue next to museum about 8:50 a.m. Leader: Marten Stoffel (306) 230-9291

 

Sunday 20. 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 26 Forest Grove departs University terminal at 2:08 pm and arrives at 115th St and Rayner Avenue (just past the RR crossing) about 2:15 pm. Walk 2 houses north on Rayner Avenue to the white 2-storey house.
Leader: Jan Shadick (306) 281-0554

Sunday, 27. January 2019
Snowy Owl census

We plan to drive a 60 km census route to count Snowy Owls from Milden to Elrose. Most years, there is a high concentration of Snowys along this route. Total distance travelled will be about 300 km. Car pools will be arranged. Bring lunch or buy lunch in Elrose. In case weather prediction is poor, phone leader the previous evening to check if trip will be affected.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
Place: meet at Esso gas station parking lot at highway 7 and 11th St W
Leader: Marten Stoffel (306) 231-9291

 

February 9 and 10, 2019
Winter Owling expedition

We plan to explore some backroads near Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan to search for Great Gray, Barred or Hawk Owls. To apply to participate in this members-only field trip, send an email to trips [at] saskatoonnaturesociety.sk.ca prior to Monday, January 28. Space is limited. You will be sent more details including requirements needed to participate in this trip.

 

Saskatoon Area Christmas Bird Counts

Christmas bird counts are conducted within 25 km (15 mile) diameter circles during the Christmas season. Results of these counts are published in Nature Saskatchewan's Blue Jay magazine. Several bird counts are planned within 1 – 2 hours driving distance of Saskatoon. If you wish to participate in any of the following counts, please register as early as possible by using the url link or other contact information listed for each count.

Please visit the Events page for more information.

 

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:

Paper Making Workshop
Saturday, 1. December 2018

Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Thursday, 27. December 2018

Tracks and Scats
Saturday, 19. January 2019

Chickadee Pishing
Saturday, 2. February 2019

CBC4Kids - Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Thursday, December 27, 2018 (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
Beaver Creek Conservation Area (13 km south on highway 219)
Meet at the Interpretation Centre NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for this FREE come-and-go program that is open to EVERYONE of all ages. The Young Naturalists and Meewasin are hosting our fifth annual CBC4Kids – A Christmas Bird Count for Kids.

Between 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. we will be counting the birds and contributing to Citizen Science studies of bird biodiversity.

At the top of each hour we will head out for about 30-45 minutes to look for birds. Then we'll head back indoors and warm up with some cookies and hot chocolate. We'll discuss birding tips and how to use binoculars. Stay for one round of bird counting or come for the whole day! Dress warmly and bring your binoculars. We have lots of spare sets of binoculars to loan out if you don't have any. You don't need to be an expert on birds. This is a great way to learn about winter birds and birdwatching.


Golden Eagles

The Golden Eagles, is a sub-group of Saskatoon Nature Society. Most of us are 'seniors' but we invite anyone interested in birds and the many aspects of our natural, cultural and historic heritage 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.

Participants can depart early, if they wish. Phone trip leader if you have any questions. Dress for the weather.

Friday, 7. December 2018 (10:00 am.) Please note the day change to Friday
Wine Kitz, 116 Ave. B north Please meet at the site
Leader: Ron Jensen (1-306-741-7537)
Lunch at Great Buffet of China, 302-22nd Street West If you plan to do lunch please contact Hilda Voth (306-242-0198) by Tuesday, Dec. 4th.

   
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Last updated: 30 November, 2018