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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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Sundays in May - MVA Trail Bird Walk
7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

This weekly walk is ideal for beginners to learn some common birds.
Meet at the Diefenbaker Centre parking lot on the University of Saskatchewan campus.

Sunday, 7. May
Leader: Michael Williams (306-242-5383)

Sunday, 14. May
Leader: Hilda Noton (306-374-0674)

Sunday, 21. May
Leader: Hilda Voth (306-242-0198)

Sunday, 28. May
Leader: Heather Wagg (306-652-7351)

 

Saturday, 13. May 2017
Birding trip to Last Mountain Bird Observatory

A field trip to Last Mountain Bird Observatory to mark the International Migratory Bird Day and participate in the official launch of the Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas. We will stop along the way to look for spring migrants.

Time: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Place: meet at the NW corner of the parking lot for the Centre mall at Circle and 8th. There are several bus services to the Centre Mall (Routes 8, 18, 19, 50, 55, 81, 82, 83, 84, 86). City Bus schedules are provided here: https://transit.saskatoon.ca/2016-route-change/2016-schedules-and-routes We plan to arrive at LMBO around 11 a.m. (Last Mountain Lake Regional Park, 15 km west of Govan SK) and leave for Saskatoon around 3:30 p.m.
Leaders: John Patterson (306-249-0468, jrpatterson [at] shaw.ca) and Branimir Gjetvaj (306-220-5703, branimir.g [at] whatasite.com)

As a free BBQ lunch is provided, it would be helpful to know the approximate number of people to expect. If you are interested in participating in the field trip, please contact the trip leaders as soon as possible.

John Patterson will take part in the Great Canadian Birdathon on May 13th. If you would like to sponsor him, you can do it on-line at https://goo.gl/OymFv5

The Great Canadian Birdathon is the oldest sponsored bird count in North America, raising money for bird research and conservation. All of the pledges that John collects will go toward supporting Nature Saskatchewan LMBO operation and education programs.

Thursday, 18. May 2017
Spring Picnic at Meewasin Park

Bring your own picnic supper and a lawn chair (if possible). A barbecue should be setup. We will walk the riverbank trail after the picnic.

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Place: meet at the picnic tables in this park off Spadina Crescent south of Assiniboine Drive. Bus: Route 12 River Heights departs downtown terminal at 4:16 p.m. and arrives at Assiniboine Drive and Saguenay Court about 4:40 pm. Walk south on Saguenay Court and onto the connecting trail to cross Spadina and reach the picnic tables.
Leader: Marten Stoffel (306-230-9291).
Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: Page 96.

 

NatureCity FesativalSaskatoon Nature Society is organizing a variety of field trips and events during the NatureCity Festival in Saskatoon, May 23 - 28, 2017. More info after the link.

 

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)

 

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 4, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.
Heritage Park and Lakewood Park (Page 72 in the Nature Viewing Sites).

Picnic lunch in one of the parks.
Leader: Hilda Voth (306-242-0198)

Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 7:30 a.m.
Redberry Lake

Leader: Lorne Sperling (306-978-4316)

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)

   
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Last updated: 12 May, 2017